Your tiny traveler has gone by boat, by plane and even by train. But by gondola? That’s an original that will earn her serious playground cred. After all, it’s not every day she gets to ride over rivers and rugged mountainscapes to find high altitude adventures like roller coasters, suspended slack lines and geyser-fueled splash pads. We found 12 awesome rides, so flip through to find your fave!

Summit Express Gondola, Lutsen, Mn

Ascend over 1,000 vertical feet to the top of Moose Mountain on the Summit Express Gondola. Along the way, have your Littles keep their eyes peeled for moose, timbers wolves and bears, oh my! Then, once you reach the top, plan some kid-friendly hikes along the ridge, before stopping in to refuel and rest at the Summit Chalet. Your gondola ticket gets you in, so you can enjoy outdoor dining and views of Lake Superior that are sure to make an impression.


photo: courtesy Visit Cook County, MN

Which one looks like fun to you? Have you ridden one of our picks? Tell others about it in a comment. 

— Allison Sutcliffe