8 Ways to Hangout in Minneapolis this Memorial Day Weekend

Despite the difficulties our communities are going through, we must still find reasons to celebrate! Make the most of your Memorial Day celebrations this year while maintaining social distancing and state-mandated guidelines for the safety of all around us. From virtually exploring our city to (socially distanced) long hikes and supporting our local businesses, Minneapolis is ready to help you make some new memories!

1. Honor and remember those who have sacrificed for our country at Lakewood Cemetery 

The gates at Lakewood Cemetery will be open for Memorial Day weekend this year, and Lakewood staff will be available on-site to answer questions. Both mausoleums will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 23-25, for visiting (with physical distancing in place). And although the outdoor ceremony, tours and activities are cancelled this year for the safety of the community there will be a pre-recorded Memorial Day ceremony for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Click Here to watch the recording and learn more about the Memorial day activities at Lakewood. 

2. Experience Minneapolis from Home

Though we can't gather together in celebration as we are typically used to, that doesn't mean we have to do nothing! While social distancing this holiday, rain or shine, you can explore Minneapolis from the comfort of your home. From online puzzles to DIY recipes and other digital activities and tours, we've curated our very own Minneapolis virtual experience for you and your family!

3. Visit a Park

Whether you're looking for a nature getaway, an urban escape, or a romantic walk, Minneapolis has got a park for you. Known for our accessible and abundant park system, you're never more than 6 blocks from a park at any given point in the city!  Bring a good book or tune into our favorite Minneapolis playlists and enjoy some quality time with Mother Nature at some of our favorite parks this Memorial Day Weekend. For information on what the Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board is doing to keep their parks safe during this time, visit their website.

4. Explore Minneapolis on two wheels with Nice Ride

As the 12th Best City to Visit By Bike, Minneapolis is a hot spot for traveling on two wheels. The best part about it is you don’t even need to own your own bike! Our bike-share program, Nice Ride, makes it easy to get outside and take a spin around town. Grab a bike at one of hundreds of stations across Minneapolis, or use the app to figure out where you can pick up one of their dockless bikesEither way, ditch the car this weekend and get moving! If you need inspiration on where to ride, try them out on one of our scenic bike trails.

In an effort to maintain safe and clean bikes for all riders, Nice Ride is doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. High contact surfaces on bikes are disinfected each time they arrive in the depot. High contact surfaces on vans used to transport vehicles are also being disinfected at the start of each shift. In addition, Nice Ride associates are wearing gloves when handling bikes, and are recommending that they follow CDC guidance to wear a cloth face covering. We recommend all riders continue social distancing practices even while biking!

5. Shop and taste local at a Minneapolis farmers market

Local produce, fresh ingredients and unique hand-crafted goods are what the Minneapolis Farmers Markets are all about! We’re proud to provide access to fresh, healthy food, which is why we have over 25 different farmers markets throughout the city.

Please note that not all services and activities listed above will be available during this time, and new safety precautions are being enforced at markets to ensure the safety of all customers. Learn more about the changes here.

6. Hike Around the City

Put on your walking shoes and grab the dog collar, because we're all getting a little restless! A City by Nature through and through, Minneapolis has dozens of hiking opportunities. We're all itching to stretch our legs these days, and with the perfect scenic hiking route there's no excuse to stay inside all day. Check out some of our places to hike and please remember to continue maintaining social distancing while outdoors and around others.

7. Takeout and Picnic

Perfect spring weather is calling our names. And so is a delicious meal that we don't have to cook ourselves. Support our local Minneapolis restaurants by ordering takeout and finding a nearby park to post up and dig in! We've got a few ideas for you with our favorite global flavors. Bring a blanket and turn on your favorite tunes while enjoying the simple satisfaction of a picnic in the grass.

8. Go on an Audio Tour and Learn About the Mississippi River

Ranger On Call is a free program set up to give visitors the opportunity to learn more and hear the unique stories of our national park on the Mississippi River. Walk around certain parts of Minneapolis and follow the directions at each Ranger on Call station using your phone. Then take in the beautiful landscape while listening to several audio recordings that give interpretation and information about your surrounding sites.

Map of Downtown Minneapolis Tour
Map of Cold Water Spring Tour