It’s time for another Minnesota Summer, jam-packed with fun and adventure! Prepare to take this summer head-on with the 10 To Do’s of the Twin Cities. Whether this is your first time in the city or you’ve been living here for years, something on this list will make you reconsider your plans today. Check out what’s in store for you in Twin Cities this summer, and see how many on the list you can complete before the leaves change color!
1. Paddleboard the Chain of Lakes
One of the Twin Cities’ most prized possessions is the beautiful Chain of Lakes, located just outside of Minneapolis. On the shore of Lake Calhoun sits Wheel Fun Rentals, a small boutique that rents paddleboards and other water vehicles by the hour. Take a group of friends and explore the gorgeous chain for a sunset and a swim!
2. Take the Light Rail to the Mall of America
The new light rail system in the Cities has been the game-changer of MN public transportation. Buy a ticket for $1.50 and take it from virtually anywhere in the Cities to the Mall of America, the nation’s biggest shopping mall. With hundreds of stores, multiple food courts, an amusement park, a movie theater, and a mini golf course, you won’t run out of ideas to do for months!
3. Visit the Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is home to some of the most interesting and delicious food known to man – and it’s all on a stick! Join a group of friends to the Minnesota State Fair for rides, games, and people watching. You’ll leave full of food and happy, guaranteed.
4. Attend a Show in the Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a performing arts festival in the Twin Cities scattered across 25 different venues over just 2 weeks. Each show is 60 minutes, and the performances are picked in a lottery style, so essentially anyone can perform essentially anything… The possibilities are endless!
5. Visit the Children’s Museum
Located in the heart of St. Paul, the Minnesota Children’s Museum is a necessary destination for any family in Minnesota. There are friendly & interactive staff hosting presentations & performances regularly, and the exhibits are constantly changing. Stop in with the whole family this summer for a fun day out.
6. Wake Up Early for Al’s Breakfast
Located in the heart of Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota sits a little breakfast bar called Al’s Breakfast. There are only 13 seats in Al’s, so unless you arrive early enough, you may be forced to sit in line with the rest of the hungry Minnesotans. However, trust that the steaming blueberry pancakes make it all worthwhile. It opens at 6 am, and the early bird gets the worm!
7. Visit the Wild Rumpus Bookstore
The Wild Rumpus Bookstore is a small bookstore located just west of Lake Harriet. However, this is no ordinary bookstore. Inside lives all sorts of unconventional pets, including a tarantula named Thomas Jefferson! The atmosphere inside this boutique makes the visit a must.
8. Go Rock Climbing at Vertical Endeavors
Vertical Endeavors is an indoor rock climbing facility that houses the largest walls in Minnesota. There are two locations, housed in both Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul. They offer helpful classes for any level of climber, so newbies are definitely welcome. Not only is rock climbing fun, it’s also a great way to stay in shape!
9. Visit the Como Park Zoo
The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is one of the more differentiating treasures of the Twin Cities. The zoo holds a wide variety of animals, and the conservatory is absolutely stunning with beautiful nature exhibits. Admission is free 24/7, so there is no excuse not to go and experience this Twin Cities attraction!
10. Participate in a Twin Cities Ice Cream Crawl
If you have never taken part in an ice cream crawl before, then the Twin Cities ice cream crawl needs to be on the top of your list of priorities, as the local ice cream scene is absolutely outstanding. Start your trek at Sonny’s Café, just east of Lake Calhoun. As you are taste testing your first cone, begin the walk to Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Café, about a 30 minute walk north. Once the sampling is over, begin the journey to the final destination: Izzy’s Ice Cream. Izzy’s is named the best ice cream in the Twin Cities, and is under an hour-long walk away. Grab your friends and keep the portions small, as the crawl is quite filling!
So what are you waiting for? Get outside and experience one of America’s most beautiful central hubs, the Twin Cities.
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