Welcome back to summer, Minnesota! It’s time to stow away those spring jackets and bust out the short sleeves. Don’t waste a minute of the good weather this summer by pushing off the fun for a more eventful day. Instead, hit the ground running by borrowing a couple ideas from our list of the “10 Musts of Minneapolis”. 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 Minneapolis this summer!
1. Spend Date Night in the Mill City District
Take your special someone out for a night to remember, starting with a tour of the Mill City Museum. Located in the world’s largest mill, this museum presents an intriguing historic perspective of Minneapolis in less than 20 minutes. Afterward, take a stroll across the street to Izzy’s Ice Cream, which was just named 2015’s Best Ice Cream in the Twin Cities. After your homemade waffle cone is devoured, grab the last showing of your favorite play at the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota’s central hub for theater and arts.
2. Visit Minnehaha Falls on Some "Wheely" Fun Transportation
Park the car before you make it to the beautiful Minnehaha Falls so that you can ride up in style with some unique transportation! Wheel Fun Rentals carries the most interest foot-powered vehicles around for groups of all ages.
3. Attend One of the Many Events from Minneapolis’s Music & Movies in the Parks
There is sure to be one of the lush parks of Minneapolis just around the corner, regardless of where you’re living in the city. This summer, coordinate your outdoor visits with one of the musicians or movies from the impressive lineup this year that are a part of Music & Movies in the Parks 2015.
4. Visit the North Loop for Food and a Twins Game
Start your evening off at Toast, the best wine bar & café in Minneapolis. It is connected to Heritage Landing, a beautiful apartment complex in the North Loop with accommodating, yet unique flats & two-level layouts. After the wine, take on the scalpers for less than $20 outside Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The atmosphere of the stadium is worth the visit in itself, and with the impressive view of downtown during sunset, you may even forget you are at a baseball game!
5. Shop the Farmers’ Markets of Minneapolis
The two most notable farmers’ markets in Minneapolis are the Mill City Farmers’ Market and the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market. Since 2006, the Mill City Farmers’ Market has offered garden-fresh goods to riverside visitors in the Chicago Mall near the Guthrie Theater every Saturday morning from May to October. The Minneapolis Farmers Market is actually several in one, including the weekly gatherings downtown. Its most popular location, however, is the market on Lyndale, which is open 7 days a week from 6am – 1pm through the month of October.
6. Kayak on the Mississippi River
See the skyline from a new perspective – on a kayak paddling down the Mississippi! Choose from a selection of guided tours with Above The Falls Sports along different segments of the Mississippi and experience the longest river in the U.S. for yourself!
7. Attend the Minneapolis Aquatennial
The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the annual celebration of the city’s famous lakes & rivers, and consists of a week-long schedule of fun events for the entire family. The 2014 Aquatennial kicks-off in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis with a jam-packed weekend of music, water, and historic activities and is quickly followed by fun-filled summer days and nights of free (or low cost) public events throughout the city. Come for the parade, and stay for the fireworks!
8. “Nice Ride” to Calhoun for a Lakeside Dinner
Find one of the 170 Nice Ride stations in the Minneapolis area and hop on a rented bike for an adventure to Lake Calhoun. Located right on the lake is a delicious walk-up restaurant called The Tin Fish. Stop by for a tasty walleye sandwich after your bike ride around Lake Calhoun.
9. Play Rooftop Lawn Bowling at Brit’s Pub
Brit’s Pub is on many Minnesotans’ bucket list, as its reputation has begun to build. This growth is due partly to its lawn bowling and partly to its impressive selection of beer. So go sip a pint and see Downtown Minneapolis like never before!
10. Take a Sunset Stroll in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Every Minnesotan needs at least one picture with the infamous Spoonbridge and Cherry, one of the many attractions located in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, right next to Loring Park. This beautiful area of the city is also scattered with iconic and historic buildings, including the 430 Oak Grove, which recently has been renovated into exquisitely unique apartments.
So what are you waiting for? Get outside and experience one of the greatest cities in the world, Minneapolis. Don’t live here yet? Check out our extensive variety of apartments right in Minneapolis! With the flexibility of renting rather than owning, completing this list in just one summer is even easier. Take the first step to changing your summer for the better.