23 Free & Inexpensive Family Activities
Minneapolis has a lot of things you can do with your family for FREE or a small cost! Seeing the sites of the city is a start, but when you want to entertain your family but not spend a lot, work your way through this list.
- Get lost in exhibits at the Walker Art Center on First Free Saturdays and every Thursday night.
- Take a walk through the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center and take your photo with the iconic Spoonbridge & Cherry.
- Explore at the Guthrie Theater and take a look at the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls from the Endless Bridge.
- Explore Minnesota’s largest art educator, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is free and open to the public daily.
- Take a walk around the Mall of America, the largest indoor shopping center in the nation.
- Stroll or bike through the Mill District, the historic birthplace to Minneapolis.
- Read your way through the Minneapolis Central Library, located downtown between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet at Third Street.
- Stroll the Mill City Farmer’s Market and take in free entertainment and fun shopping on the riverfront on Saturday mornings.
- Hike near Minnehaha Falls and Creek and stop to see the Song of Hiawatha statue.
- Stop for ice cream at Izzy's, a local favorite all year round. Don't forget your Izzy's scoop!
- For a small fee, visit the Foshay Observation Deck and Museum and get the only outdoor skyscraper view of the city of Minneapolis.
- Shop from local and diverse businesses and have an inexpensive lunch at the Midtown Global Market.
- Visit Como Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, a free zoo and historic indoor gardens with a Japanese garden and an inexpensive Carousel ride.
- Bike or walk along the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor that winds throughout the city.
- Enjoy a free brewery tour at Insight Brewing every Saturday.
- Play Frisbee golf--the Minneapolis area hosts more disc golf parks than almost any other metropolitan area in the U.S.
- Play in one of Minneapolis' 197 parks, the number one park system in the country for three years.
- Browse the boutiques in the hottest neighborhood in the country, the North Loop neighborhood.
- Stroll through the gorgeous Lyndale Rose Gardens and Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.
- Shop and get free visitor advice and ideas at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet & 5th Street.
- Take a free tour of the State Capitol any day of the week.
- Visit the Weisman Art Museum and get a tour. Both admission and weekly tours are completely free!
- Run, walk, bike or people watch at Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun).