Jun 3, 2022 - Things to Do

15 essential outdoor activities to do this summer in Twin Cities

Take a walk through summer blooms, get some ice cream and watch sunsets over the lake. Photos: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

Finally, finally, FINALLY: It's warm outside. We're now in the meteorological definition of summer, and it's time to get out around town.

Why it matters: After a long winter and a very short spring, we're in that limited window of perfect weather. Take advantage of it as much as you can.

  • Here are some of our recommendations for a (hopefully) sunny June.

πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ For the swimmer: Minneapolis and St. Paul public pools are open now (though lifeguard shortages continue). You can also rent a private pool yourself for about $75/hour, or take advantage of our lakes.

🌳 For the nature lover: The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Como Zoo and Conservatory and Minnehaha Falls are all free spots for the whole family to explore.

πŸ•Ί For the social: Rock the Garden music festival, Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Juneteenth celebrations and Twin Cities Pride are just some of the big events happening this month.

🍦 For the foodie: It's ice cream season. Stop by Licks Unlimited and explore downtown Excelsior, try brand new shop Dream Creamery in Minneapolis, or get classic soft-serve at Conny's Creamy Cone in St. Paul.

🚘 For the traveler: Hop just over the border and visit Tattersall's massive "destination distillery" in River Falls, rent your own private treehouse or take a weekend getaway at a cool AirBnb.


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