The summer is flying by, but there’s still a good 31 days in August before Labor Day weekend hits and it is time to send the kids back to school. Enjoy this warm Minnesota weather and sun while you can with these fun, family-friendly activities:
Take a tour down the St. Croix River. See amazing wildlife, rock formations, and enjoy nature on one of Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours authentic paddle wheel boats. By signing up at http://cherylholds.com/hnav/about/contact/ you can receive an offer for a free ticket with purchase of another. Offer is good until October. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tour Website
Attend the Minnesota State Fair. The State fair runs from August 23 until September 3rd and draws almost 2 million people each year. The state fair has much more than just food, although that is a main attraction with items such as cheese curds, Sweet Martha’s cookies, deep fried candy bars, almost anything you can dream of on a stick, and much more! The state fair also offers rides, carnival games, a petting zoo, concerts, etc. It is fun for all ages.
Soak up the Sun at any of Minnesota’s almost 12,000 lakes. Many lakes around the Minneapolis area have paddle boating, picnic areas for grilling out, parks, biking trails, and more! Minnesota lakes offer great beaches and sunning areas. Popular Minneapolis lakes include Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles and Lake Nokomis. Most Minneapolis beaches should offer lifeguards during summer season from 11 am-7 pm.
Go to a Twins Game at Target Field. Target field was just recently constructed and is a stadium offering outdoor seating so games occur rain or shine. Therefore make sure to bring extra sunscreen. Tickets start at about $20 and go up from there.
Go to a Saints Game at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. Tickets for general admission are $5 and the games are free after half time. Saints games offer a fun, entertaining, yet laid back baseball game experience.
Visit Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. The Como Zoo is a great option if you want to spend a few hours viewing wildlife without breaking the bank(Under $10). The Como Zoo features aquatic animals, large cats, tropical animals, primates, and more. The Zoo also offers a mini-amusement park, picnic tables, an antique carousel, and much more for the kids. Summer hours (April-Sept.) are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the Minnesota Zoo which is home to more than 2,000 animals of almost 450 species. Animals are arranged by the areas in which you’d find them in the wild, rather than by species, giving the zoo the feel of a nature preserve and there’s plenty of room for the animals to move around. The Minnesota Zoo is rather large so expect to do a lot of walking, and make sure to pack your own snacks, drinks, and sunscreen as much of the zoo is outside. When you get tired, the Zoo offers monorail rides where you can catch birds-eye views of the wildlife. This zoo is a bit pricier ($10-$20) and summer hours (May 24-Sept. 1) are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. The Walker hosts lectures, classes, and events for visitors of all ages with many of today’s leading figures from the worlds of art and culture.Overall, the campus has 11 exhibition galleries, a cinema, the McGuire Theater, a series of indoor lounges and outdoor terraces, and a café, bar, and restaurant. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a joint project of the Walker and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, is one of the crown jewels of the city’s park system. The 11-acre site, home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, showcases more than 40 works from the Walker’s renowned collection. The Sculpture Garden is free and is open daily from 6 am to midnight. The Walker Art Center is closed on Mondays, but open daily from 11 am to 5 pm.
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