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Excelsior overview

Surrounded by picturesque views of beaches and lakes, Excelsior is known for its natural features. You'll enjoy the area's historical sites, museums, and theater. Spend a relaxing day at Mill Ruins Park and Minnehaha Park when the weather is nice. Popular sights like Mall of America and Basilica of Saint Mary won't disappoint. Excelsior is a family-friendly destination while offering something for everyone.

Where to stay in Excelsior

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Excelsior has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Excelsior with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Excelsior hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Excelsior hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Excelsior

Fly in to Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl.), 19.4 mi (31.2 km) from downtown Excelsior.

What to see around Excelsior

Outdoor activities are on hand like baseball and boating along with attractions such as:
  • • Canterbury Park
  • • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
  • • Raceway Park
  • • Bloomington Ice Gardens
  • • Target Center
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Valleyfair Amusement Park
  • • Venetian Indoor Waterpark
  • • Water Park of America
  • • Water Park at the Depot
  • • Nickelodeon Universe
Museums and theaters are top draws with cultural places to visit like:
  • • Paisley Park
  • • Scott County Historical Society - Stans Museum
  • • Murphy's Landing
  • • Bakken Library and Museum
  • • The Bakken
Its beaches, lakes, and wildlife are well known, and favorite spots for nature lovers include:
  • • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • • Normandale Lake Park
  • • Centennial Lakes Park
  • • Fish Lake Regional Park
  • • Cedar Lake
Some popular places in the area to visit include:
  • • Mall of America
  • • Basilica of Saint Mary
  • • Target Field
  • • Mill Ruins Park
  • • University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

When to visit Excelsior

Wondering when's the best time to visit? Here are seasonal norms to help you plan your trip:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • January-March: 49°F day, 5°F night
  • April-June: 81°F day, 29°F night
  • July-September: 82°F day, 44°F night
  • October-December: 64°F day, 6°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • January-March: 3.62 inches
  • April-June: 10.67 inches
  • July-September: 11.14 inches
  • October-December: 5.75 inches