Ways to Practice Social Distancing in Minneapolis This Summer

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

Please note, because of the warming weather, a lot of Minnesotans are taking to the outdoors for a breath of fresh air and a break from their homes. This means walkways and popular outdoor locations are likely to be busier than usual. Please continue to practice social distancing in these settings, remaining at least 6 feet away from passersby and others near you.

Get Active: Hiking, Biking and Running

Get out and stretch your legs while you can! While spring weather starts making its way towards us, it is the perfect time to get a workout outdoors while gyms and other workout studios are closed. 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

The City of Minneapolis is now opening up space for walking, rolling and biking to support active recreation with Stay Healthy Streets. The city has installed about 5 miles of expended pedestrian space focused on areas where there are higher concentrations of pedestrians accessing essential services and narrow sidewalks that do not easily support social distancing. View the map of all Stay Healthy Streets now!

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 sunny summer days, we're not called the City by Nature for nothing. There's some things only Mother Nature can truly help!

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.

Seek Out a Food Truck 

Some of our favorite meals can only be found on four wheels. A few food trucks will be out roaming around this summer, you can find them parked  near breweries and neighborhood streets, farmers markets, and city parks. Following their social media accounts is the best way to locate where your favorite food truck will be and how to pre-order your food online.

Here are a few we recommend to check out:

Or try finding some Minnesota State Fair favorites.

Grow a Garden

Bring nature to your home by shopping at one of Minneapolis' many garden centers. Most are open to the public and also for curbside pick-up and delivery. Search for the perfect plant to add to your garden at Mother Earth Gardens which focuses on selling plants and products that have been grown, produced, and delivered in a sustainable manner. Or get some expert advise from the fifth-generation run Wagners Greenhouses. Sunnyside Gardens, is the go-to center for all gardener types, from the enthusiasts to beginners knowledgeable staff. While Tangletown Gardens are all about the details with unique plants, garden art & designs.

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 our beautiful Minneapolis summers by finding a park with a nice shaded tree and dig into your new reading adventure.

Grab Fresh Ingredients at the Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are considered an essential grocery service and will remain open under specific conditions that help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This means you can still shop for fresh and local produce while staying safe. Create your own farm-to-table dining experience with seasonal, healthy ingredients and knowledgeable vendors to help guide you to the perfect meal. Check out this list for a look at our favorite Minneapolis Farmers Markets.

Cool Off with Ice Cream

Let your sweet tooth be your tour guide around Minneapolis this summer. And what goes better with summer than a big scoop of ice cream? Luckily, many of our ice cream shops are offering curbside pickup and/or delivery. Seek out some of the best flavors and concoctions that you can't get anywhere else.

Sit on a Patio

Now that restaurants and breweries are able to offer limited patio seating, many places in Minneapolis are opening up their doors again so you can enjoy a mix of food and sunshine. Reservations will be required and all places are taking precautions on cleaning procedures and to properly social distance tables.

Have a Picnic

Perfect summer 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.

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.