Can’t-Miss Minneapolis Summer Attractions

Class is out and there are endless possibilities for how to fill the three snowless (hopefully), homework-less months that are summer in Minneapolis. We’ve done the hard work for you and made a list of the can’t-miss attractions of summer 2014. So whether you are staying on campus or paying a visit to Minneapolis, make sure that your summer includes these ideas!

 

Minneapolis Farmer’s Market

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If you’re in the market for an exciting day trip, try the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. People flock to the market for a variety of reasons, whether it be to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers, grab lunch, buy fruits and vegetables, or even to people watch. The farmer’s market is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and has a different vibe depending on when you visit, so it might be worth it to visit more than once. If you visit on the weekend, be prepared for more vendors and larger crowds, along with special events like musical guests. If you want a quieter experience, visit on a weekday. And if you want a truly unique experience, set your alarm and head to the market by its 6 a.m. opening… who knows, you might even find yourself enough fresh food to head home and make breakfast!

 

Lake Calhoun

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Swimming and paddle-boarding and sailing and running and biking and blading and beaching, oh my! Why choose one activity when you can do them all at Uptown Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun? Trails make a three-mile loop around the lake and it’s multiple beaches, making it the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. An added bonus– after enjoying a day on the lake, you are conveniently close to all the delicious dining destinations in Uptown!

 

Walker Art Center

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The Walker Art Center is the cherry on top of all Twin Cities attractions. Whether you are there visiting the art gallery, walking through the neighboring Sculpture Garden, or trying your hand at Walker at the Green: Artist Designed Mini Golf, you won’t be disappointed. Walker Art Center also hosts the popular Twin Cities music fest, Rock the Garden. With so many fun things to do, Walker Art Center just officially became your new summer hangout.

 

Minnehaha Park

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Escape the city… without leaving the city? Welcome to Minnehaha Park, home to the beautiful 53-foot Minnehaha Falls. Only a fifteen minute drive away from campus, Minnehaha Park features plenty to do: take a walk to the falls, take a dip in one of the park’s wading pools, or take a break for a bite to eat at the Sea Salt Eatery. The park also features musical guests every Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m.

Discounted Tickets

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A great plus of being a University of Minnesota student is the discounted tickets available at the Coffman Memorial Union information desk. Find a wide variety of discounted tickets ranging from St. Paul Saints and Valleyfair tickets to Renaissance Festival deals. Check out the discounted tickets on the Student Unions and Activities website or sign up for an email newsletter to get updates whenever a new event is featured.

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A Superb Summer To-Do List

School’s out, summer’s in! During these scorching summer months, we strongly suggest that you undergrads take some time to unwind. Have a little fun in the sun, be social, and relax. Then when you find yourself becoming bored (which will happen eventually), try chipping away at this handy dandy to-do list. Upon completion of this checklist, you should be ready to rock come fall semester. You’ll have all of your ducks in a row, and you’ll be equipped to go!

1. Send a thank-you email to all of your professors and TA’s. Doing so won’t take more than 20 minutes of your time, however, it will show your instructors that they have impacted your educational career in a positive way. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and it’s good to show gratitude towards others. Even saying something simple can mean so much. You might even make someone’s day!

2. Sell your textbooks. This is yet another easy feat, but most students don’t take the time to do it. Let’s be honest here, textbooks are expensive and it’s a shame to leave them sitting idle underneath your lofted bed. Sell those suckers! It’s easy money! Think about it like this, would you rather have 5 textbooks taking up valuable shoe space in your closet, or would you rather have $300 sitting in your wallet? Well luckily, there are plenty of websites that purchase used textbooks from college students such as yourself. CheapestTextbooks.com, Chegg, Amazon, and BookFinder.com are just a few. Additionally, you can also join Facebook groups like “Buy & Sell Your U of M Textbooks” in hopes of crossing this task off of your to-do list.

3. Apply for college scholarships- click hereWHAT’S BETTER THAN FREE MONEY? Nothing! Enough said. (Note: this task may take some time, but it will pay off in the long run- literally!)

4. Find your focus. If you already have an internship lined up for this summer, then congrats to you! This indicates that you most likely have an idea as to what you want to do in the future, which is great. Keep up the good work. But if you find yourself struggling with what direction to take in life, there are some beneficial actions you can try out to help you come to a decision. This summer take time to research your interests, talk to others, do some volunteer work in the field of your choice, and maybe even job shadow a few professionals in various career paths. Now’s the time to find out what you both like and dislike, and to discover your individual strengths and weaknesses. If you explore an array of occupations, you’re bound to find something that suits you. Figure out what your passionate about, and then find a profession that relates well to this. After all, people often say that if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life!

 

5. Create a LinkedIn profile and update your resume. It’s never too early to put together a great resume or to join the network of professionals that already make up LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking service. Whether you will be in the job market soon or not, spend some time this summer season developing both of these things so they’re ready when you are.

6. Spend some time volunteering. Be it at a local church, the Humane Society, a food pantry, or a nearby Salvation Army, you can make a difference in your community. This will not only help to build your resume, but it will also bring a smile to your face. Gophers, it feels oh-so-good to give back!

7. Explore study abroad options. Undergrads, it never hurts to plan ahead. If learning overseas is something that interests you, now’s the time to look into it. Create a plan of attack and then discuss this proposal with ma and pa. When starting your research, we recommend that you check out the Learning Abroad Center’s webpage or contact cehdintl@umn.edu for more info. regarding their upcoming GEO (Global Experience Opportunity) programs.

8. Learn how to cook. One can only eat so much Ramen in a semester, so it might be advantageous to learn how to whip up something else. Make it your goal to try to cook at least one new dish every week. Try buying a cookbook, and start tuning into the Food Network. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, enroll in a culinary class!

9. Sell your old stuff on Craigslist. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Start cleaning out your living space and sell anything that you no longer use. That old DVD player, the iPod you replaced last year, those clothes that went out of style in ’08, your high school prom dresses…get rid of them! Hoarding is frowned upon by your fellow roommates (nobody likes a pack rat!) and this is yet another way you can make some money.

10. Join a recreational sports league. Round up the troops (aka your friends!) and sign-up for a summer sports league. Play softball, sand volleyball, basketball, etc. Don’t just take a seat in the heat, get out and get active. Summer is a good time to sweat out the toxins and to release endorphins. Exercising on a regular basis will leave you looking fab and feelin’ fine. Give it a go!

11. Learn how to manage your moola. This is important when it comes to handling your finances in college, and it’s a skill that will help you throughout the rest of your life. If you know how to monitor your spending habits, you’ll save yourself some stress down the road. Simply go online to find plenty of personal finance sites such as Mint that can help you learn how to manage your money.

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