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Spring is here! Which means summer is right around the corner. I heard on the radio this morning that since April 1st, we’ve only had 6 days at or above 70 degrees… We do live in Minnesota…
So, hopefully summer is right around the corner. With that being said, I wanted to give you some free and cheap date ideas to do in or around the Twin Cities area!

 

Visit the Como Zoo & Conservatory 
FREE
St. Paul

Como Zoo and Conservatory is a great way to spend a sunny day! See the outdoor animals, view the exotic plants in their various gardens, and if you’re bringing the kiddos, they have a fun area with rides and a jungle gym specifically for them! The zoo offers free entrance, but bring cash as donations are greatly appreciated.

Minnehaha Falls
FREE
Minneapolis

Minnehaha Falls is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city. This park offers trails, biking paths, a garden, public art, a wading pool, and more. Oh, and did I mention a breathtaking waterfall??

 

Mill City Museum (& Farmers Market) 
$
Minneapolis

Mill City Museum is an incredible showpiece of architecture. Visit the museum and special exhibits to learn about the limestone ruins and take a peek at the breathtaking view of the river. If you visit on a Saturday, you can also enjoy the Mill City Farmers Market where you can find a wide source of healthy and local groceries, cooking education, and live entertainment.

 

Betty Danger’s
$$
Minneapolis

Betty Dangers – a “kooky country club”. Grab a bite to eat or a drink and enjoy a ride around the Ferris wheel or go putt putting with your pup (yes, you read that right). What better way to spend an evening??

 

Salt Cave 
$$$
Minneapolis

Your favorite therapeutic lamp has now become your new favorite therapeutic cave! At The Salt Cave MPLS, you can relax, enjoy a massage, or take a yoga class! All while discovering the health benefits of salt therapy.

 

Walker Art Museum & Garden 
$$
Minneapolis

Take a stroll through the outdoor and indoor art exhibit at the Walker Art Museum! The pieces here are constantly changing and evolving so you’ll never be bored if you visit multiple times a year!

 

MN State Fair 
$$
St. Paul

I know this is only available for a week and a half, but this is one of the best ways to wrap up the summer! Take a day enjoying all the entertainment, shopping, some Sweet Martha’s Cookies, and of course, as much food on a stick as you can handle.