As Midwesterners, we know all too well that summer is fleeting. Each year, we like to make a bucket list of 10 things we absolutely MUST do during the season.
Below is our Summer 2016 Bucket List—take a look and let us know which activities you plan on trying out!
#10: Watch a baseball game at an outdoor stadium
In the Twin Cities, we’re lucky to have not just one, but two outdoor stadiums where you can catch a baseball game—and if you’re lucky, a home run ball! The St. Paul Saints have a brand-new stadium in Lowertown St. Paul, and The Minnesota Twins play at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.
#9: Experience Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls is a beautiful, must-see destination in the heart of Minneapolis. Not only does it have a gorgeous waterfall (an Instagram-perfect photo just waiting for you!), it also has a dog park where you and your furry family member can hike to the river together. Or rent a surrey and bike your way around the park. But no matter what, make sure you save some room for Sea Salt Eatery, the seasonal restaurant in the park known for its incredible fish. Lines are long but worth the wait!
#8: Pick your own berries
Grab a big basket and find a berry farm to pick your own berries! This site is a great resource to find one near you, as well as what’s in season for when you want to go. Need some ideas for recipes? Check out our Pinterest board full of “juicy” recipes!
#7: Take a road trip to a pizza farm
If you’re in the mood to hop in your car for a little road trip, a pizza farm is a great destination. Pizza farms have been cropping up all around us, so make sure to enjoy some freshly baked pizza outside this summer! Here are a few ones to check off your list:
Red Barn Farm of Northfield (Northfield, MN)
A to Z Produce and Bakery (Stockholm, WI)
Suncrest Gardens Farm (Cochrane, WI)
Not loving the idea of a long drive? Two Pony Gardens is only a short drive away in Long Lake, MN.
#6: Sway to the music at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival
This family-friendly event takes places from June 23-25 in downtown St. Paul’s Mears Park. Listen to some fantastic music with 30,000 of your best neighbors! More information on the event can be found here.
#5: Visit a farmer’s market
The Twin Cities is known for its abundance of farmers markets in the summer—find one near you to pick up some fresh produce and chat with your neighbors!
#4: Find your favorite food truck and take your lunch outside
With so many great food trucks in the Twin Cities, it’s DEFINITELY on our summer bucket list to try at least a few—and enjoy our lunch outside and under the sun.
Find your favorite food truck—or a new one to try!—here.
#3: Catch music and a movie at an outdoor park
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Twin Cities parks are hopping with great music and fun movies—from the new to the old school! Check out the Minneapolis and St. Paul calendars to start planning your night under (and with!) the stars.
#2: Get all of your workouts in outdoors
Summer is too precious to waste on a treadmill indoors! Check out the ways you can make sure to keep up on your fitness routine while enjoying the beauty of the season:
- Bike the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
- Rent a kayak at Lake Calhoun
- Take an outdoor yoga class (They’re free! Every single morning!)
- Run a 5K
#1: Create your own Prince tour
Minnesota lost one of its brightest stars last month. Honor our hometown hero by taking a tour of some of the most iconic Prince spots in the Twin Cities:
- Capri Theater—Prince played his first shows as a solo artist at this venue
- Paisley Park—Otherwise known as Prince HQ
- First Avenue—A regular performance spot, also made famous in “Purple Rain”
- The house from “Purple Rain”—Find it at Snelling Avenue South and 34th Street in South Minneapolis
- The Electric Fetus—Prince was a regular customer at this Minneapolis record store
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