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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.