Our favourite ways to spend summer in Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

Welcome to the Twin Cities- a bustling, changing metropolis of over four million, noted for its dynamic nature and endless activities as well as in the diversity in its many neighbourhoods. For all kinds of experiences, from adrenaline junkies to foodies to academics to artists, the Twin Cities has plenty to offer. Read on for some of our favourite ways to spend the summer in this corner of the country.

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota features a variety of interactive learning experiences and exhibits over three storeys. Some of the exhibits include a tour of sham devices and the psychology behind their marketing, creating your own tornado and waves, examining a real Egyptian mummy, dinosaur skeleton displays, racing a T-rex or professional athlete of your choice, and an introduction to the lives of the Dakota and Ojibwe people. In addition to these exhibits, there is also an ever-rotating selection of temporary and travelling exhibits, so there exist other exciting opportunities. The Science Museum of Minnesota also has a strong emphasis on community and outreach, sometimes hosting socials with the community. Last but not least, there is the imposing omnitheatre and its spectacular documentaries providing surrounding views into Volcanoes, the Deep Ocean and the Galapagos Islands.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is truly a campus where you could easily spend a day making memories with its sights and variety. Come meet the residents of the Como Park Zoo, from Arctic Foxes, Galapagos Tortoises, Gorillas, Penguins, Sea Lions and last but not least, the famous local Polar Bear community. The Conservatory also boasts a wealth of breathtaking gardens, perfect for those wanting to stroll through nature, botany enthusiasts and visitors searching for (many) perfect photo opportunities. The Gardens cover a range of biomes and themes, from the enchanting Sunken Garden and The Gates Ajar to the tranquil Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. There are also many opportunities to book a spot on a tour for a more educational experience, and a neighbouring kid-friendly park including rides and mini-golf. 

Svenskarnas Dag Scandinavian Summer Fest

Embrace the strong Scandinavian heritage of the Twin Cities with a Summertime festival paralleling the Midsommar tradition of the Nordic Countries. On the Fourth Sunday of June, participate in the Midsommarstång and dance around the Maypole, try Swedish foods and customs and immerse yourself in the Swedish / Scandinavian American community of the Twin Cities. There is also live traditional Swedish music, handcrafts for sale, a beauty pageant and colourful Swedish costumes around the festival. 

Basilica Block Party

Started to help fund the upkeep of the Basilica of Saint Mary, the Basilica Block Party has since become the city of Minneapolis’ largest music festival. Every summer for two days, the people of the Twin Cities jam out to a variety of artists across many genres, with the names only getting bigger with each passing year. Some of the performers at the Basilica Block Party include Kacey Musgraves, CHVRCHES, BORNS, The Shins, and Weezer. 

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