Popular Minneapolis Activities to Put on Your Spring Itinerary
In Minneapolis we take above freezing temps seriously. By the time spring rolls around we are ready to say goodbye to icy roadways, waterways and snow covered everything. From here on out it’s hello sunshine and Vitamin D. If you’re like us and are itching to get outdoors, maybe get started on that tan early, we’ve got some ideas to help you plan that perfect springtime itinerary.
One of the tell-tale signs that spring has begun is when Target Field has opened up its gates for fans to enjoy America’s favorite past time. The fresh air, fan energy all around the stadium, and plenty of food and drink options make this a truly great experience all round to catch a ballgame.
Minneapolis loves patio season. With all the different curve balls mother nature loves to throw at us we need to soak up every moment in the sun. So, as the weather gets warmer and the sun starts shining, we're eager to fill patio seats and take over rooftops. From Ferris wheels to rooftop lawn bowling, this city offers plenty of unique outdoor dining experiences.
Farmers markets are a great way to get know the culture and dynamic of any city. Late May in Minneapolis means farmers markets are popping up all over town. Find one in the heart of downtown along Minneapolis’ main street or near a historic museum with the backdrop of the Mississippi River. Once you’ve found a market that meets your needs, browse home-grown produce, grab a tasty treat from a local food vendor, and shop for Minnesota made items.
Take a stroll through an open grass area with more than 40 art pieces in the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. It’s a popular spot with Instagram crowd, because if you didn’t take a photo with the Spoonbridge and cherry did you even really come to Minneapolis? Entrance to the Garden is free and on those especially perfect days you’ll get plenty of sunshine.
The melting snow and ice during spring means Minnehaha falls will be at its strongest. After you’ve checked out the sights and sounds of the rushing falls, enjoy biking paths, hiking or a picnic at the nearby park. Or grab lunch at Sea Salt Eatery which opens once the weather takes a turn for the better.
The Zoo is always a hit for family friendly activities. And spring is one of the most exciting times as they are proud to show off their newest members. Every year families flock to the Minnesota Zoo for the debut of its Farm Babies exhibit. Meet baby chicks, piglets, lambs, ducklings and goats. The Minnesota Zoo also has some popular outdoor areas and trails that are great to visit this time of year.
Over at the Como Park Zoo, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory puts on a gorgeous flower show. Celebrate one of the best parts of spring by welcoming in the new blooms of the season. Como Town Amusement Park, also opens for the first time in spring. This outdoor play area designed for kids ages 2 to 12 includes plenty of rides and attractions.
Consistently ranked as one of the top biking cities in the country, Minneapolis presents bicyclist with breathtaking views of rivers, lakes and cityscapes. The now clear bike paths all around the city allow for a combination of nature and urban adventure. You don’t have to own a bike to experience Minneapolis on two wheels though. Use Nice Ride, a bike sharing program with over 200 stations that allows you to rent and return a bike with ease.
The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes consist of five of the largest lakes in the city and once the ice has thawed and spring has sprung they are crawling with locals. The activities near or on the lakes at this point in the season are endless. Rent a canoe or kayak. Stroll or bike along roughly 15 miles of paved shoreline paths. Enjoy live music and concerts. Or just relax on stretch of green grass and do something people watching.