11 Ways to Practice Social Distancing in Minneapolis This Fall

Our ideas for fun fall-related activities you can do while staying safe and social distancing in Minneapolis.



1. Get Active: Hiking, Biking and Running

Fall is actually the perfect time to take your workout outdoors in Minneapolis. Take in the vibrant scenery and feel the cool fall breeze as you stroll along. Try some of our favorite scenic biking routes and the best running and hiking trails around Minneapolis. 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 bikes. In an effort to maintain safe and clean bikes for all riders, Nice Ride is are disinfecting high contact surfaces on bikes each time they arrive in the depot

2. Enjoy Nature: Parks and Gardens

If you're not feeling much like heart-pumping physical exercise (we understand), try taking a stroll through any one of the city's best parks and public gardens. Best enjoyed on those crisp fall days when the sun is shining, we're not called the City by Nature for nothing. There's some things only Mother Nature can truly help!

3. Instagram Your Favorite Minneapolis Landmarks & Street Art

Fill up your friends' Instagram feed, with some of the most Instagrammable places in Minneapolis. From waterfalls, murals and sculptures to skylines, check out some of the city's best locations for the perfect Instagram photo. Minneapolis is also proud to be the home of talented artists leaving their mark on the city with beautiful public art. Walk through any neighborhood and you're bound to see a breathtaking masterpiece on electrical boxes, building walls and more. Lucky for you, we've curated a list of some of the best murals in the city, just to make it that much easier.

4. Seek Out Some Comfort Food

Fall and comfort food just go hand in hand. It's the time of year when we're finally done with salads and we can start incorporating the good stuff into our diet again. Check out where to get the best soul food, the best Mexican bakeries, and our top spots for a burger.

5. Embrace your inner hygge at these cozy coffee shops

Our Scandinavian roots have taught us a thing or two about hygge (you know, the Danish word that encompasses all things cozy?) and our coffee shops really take it to the next level. From Victorian-style houses with plush upholstery, to gooey cinnamon rolls the size of your face, our coffee shops are a true fall experience.

6. Pick up a New Book

Many local bookstores are offering curbside and delivery options for their inventory and some are letting small groups of customers browse in-store.  So start looking for that next great read that can be put to use as the perfect activity for rainy days. Or take advantage of a beautiful fall day by finding a park and dig into your new reading adventure.

7. Celebrate Oktoberfest

While there may not be as many events as usual this year, there's still plenty of ways to safely celebrate Oktoberfest in Minneapolis. From partaking in virtual and socially distanced events, to chowing down on some traditional German food, there are plenty of opportunities to bust out your lederhosen. 

8. Do Some Leaf Peeping

Watch as red, gold, and orange take over Minneapolis to turn it into a cozy fall oasis. Not to brag, but we think we have some of the best fall foliage around. With so many parks, lakes, oh and a waterfall, there are plenty of opportunities for prime leaf peeping this season. Check out where to find the best fall colors.

9. Sit on a Patio

In Minneapolis, we don't stop our patio-going once summer ends. It actually just turns into a whole new experience! Bright fall colors, cool air, and sunshine on our faces make for the ideal patio outing. Restaurants and breweries are able to offer limited patio seating, but reservations are often required and all places are taking precautions on cleaning procedures and to properly social distance tables.

10. Have a Picnic

A beautiful fall day in the park 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, throw on a sweater, and turn on your favorite tunes while enjoying the simple satisfaction of a picnic in the grass.

11. Take a Tour

Tours are a great way to learn about the city's history and impress your friends with some interesting facts. Whether you prefer your tour to take place on wheels, on water or on foot we'll show you need to know about Minneapolis. 

Human on a Stick will teach you all about the Mill City Museum, St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge and more, all while cruising along on a Segway.

Paddle around Minneapolis in a kayak to learn more about the Mississippi River's history. The views on this tour are unbeatable and give a whole new perspective on Minneapolis. Paddlesbridge offers a couple different tours and have implemented protocols to keep customers safe while enjoying the tour.

For a self-guided tour, Ranger On Call provides a free program giving you the opportunity to hear the unique stories of our national park on the Mississippi River, using your phone.