Family vacations can be really expensive. Every family should go on summer vacations, but every family shouldn’t have to break their bank in order to do it. For the families wanting to vacation in the Midwest this summer, check out these fun things to do in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The art lovers in your family will not want to leave this place. With more than 80,000 pieces spanning nearly 5,000 years of human history, the Minneapolis Institute of Art has plenty of art and history to admire. Guided tours are an option, or let your children attend classes and workshops for ages 4-16 where they explore the galleries and show off their creativity while working in the studio with artists and art educators.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Stay with the art vibe and view the extraordinary sculptures at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Experience culture, art and nature at this 11-acre site — the biggest urban sculpture garden in the United States. A visitor favorite is the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. You’ll know it when you see it.
Mall of America
The Mall of America is one place in Minneapolis you have to go and experience just to say you’ve done it at least once in your life. With 520 stores, 50 restaurants and the largest indoor theme park in the nation, it’s a great place to spend an unexpected rainy day. One of the best parts about the MOA — you don’t pay sales tax on the clothing and shoes you purchase!
It may have a funny name (I mean it has “haha” in it), but there’s nothing funny about Minnehaha Park. One of the oldest parks in Minneapolis, this popular park attracts many visitors with its numerous types of trees and flowers, bike paths and its gorgeous flowing 53-foot waterfall, Minnehaha Falls. Enjoy a nice summer day outside with your whole family and learn a little of Minnesota’s history here.
Chain of Lakes
Another fun and free outdoor spot in Minneapolis is the Chain of Lakes. Five bodies of water make up this area: Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Cedar Lake, Brownie Lake and Lake of the Isles. Rent a boat and take it out on Lake Calhoun or layout on the beach during the day and then listen to live music at night on Lake Harriet. Canoeing from Lake Calhoun to Brownie Lake is another option. During the summer there’s always plenty to do at the Chain of Lakes.
When you come to Minneapolis, you don’t just want to witness what this city has to offer, you want to experience it. And there’s no better way to experience a city than through its free activities. Before booking your family vacation, check out these family-friendly Minneapolis hotels.