It is no secret that Minnesota is known for cold winters. But perhaps the best kept secret is how favorable the weather can be during the spring and summer months. After a long and frigid winter, it’s definitely time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather in the Twin Cities. Bask in the sun, feel the breeze on your skin, and experience summer in the outdoors. With tons of outdoor activities around town, it will be hard to choose just one. Here are a few tips to help you experience summer in the Twin Cities.
Nice Ride Bicycles
Start your morning off with a Nice Ride. Nice Ride is a bike sharing system that contributes to a healthy and easily accessible way of getting around town. Take a tour of bike-friendly Minneapolis which has 118 miles of on-street bikeways and 92 miles of off-street bikeways. The best part is you won’t have to worry about returning your bike to where you got it because there are Nice Ride stations all over the city. What’s better? You can also identify wherever you’d like to go on their mobile app which pin points all the stations in the area. Nice Ride is a great way to enjoy the weather, stay healthy, and take in the city. Get your bike and go!
Always wanted to see the iconic Minnesota symbol of the cherry on the spoon? You’re in luck! This historic site is just a short walk or Nice Ride away from Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. Officially known as Spoonbridge & Cherry, the sculpture is located in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a delightful 11 acre park at the Walker Art Center. Explore the treasure filled garden’s more than 40 works of art, or play a game of outdoor mini-golf while taking in great views of downtown Minneapolis. The Sculpture Garden is a romantic, fun place to have a photo shoot, picnic, or a simple stroll through the garden.
Food Truck Feast
Like any top foodie city across the country, an influx of food trucks will pop up, and there is no shortage of them in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Time to indulge in a mid-afternoon snack! Monday through Friday, local food trucks line up on Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis and serve nearly any type of food you can imagine. Tacos, kebabs, sushi and lobster rolls are a few of the options that await! Check out Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's list of food trucks and you won’t miss a bite.
Looking for more foodie inspiration? Check out this great collection of our favorite stops in downtown Minneapolis for your food fix!
Nothing says summer quite like classic outdoor baseball, and Target Field is a fabulous venue to take in a game. The 39,000 seat open-air stadium debuted in 2010, is LEED Silver certified, hosts concerts for major recording artists like Paul McCartney and Kenny Chesney, and even hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game in 2014. This state-of-the-art facility is home to the Minnesota Twins where you have 81 chances to catch a game at the ball park starting between April and September. The only bad seats at Target Field are the ones you don’t have.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Hop on the local Metro Transit and head over to St. Paul for one of the city’s most coveted gems, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. This warm weather attraction has a bit of everything. You’ll be sure to entertain the kids here with the zoo’s very own amusement park called Como Town and of course the incredible animals that call Como Zoo home. Don’t forget to check out the breathtaking gardens and greenhouses that inhabit the remarkable conservatory, established in 1915, celebrating 100 years this year! There is no admission fee for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory but donations are always welcome.
Regardless of your activity of choice, there are hundreds of things to do in the Twin Cities during the summertime, and Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown will put you in close proximity to all of them. The cities offer a fantastic combination of city blocks of high-rises and lakes & parks, all at the same time, making for a perfect backdrop for memorable summer adventures.