- On August 1, 2018
At this point in the summer, many parents are looking for something to keep their kids entertained before school starts. Explore something new with these seven unique things to do in Minneapolis before the summer’s over. Featuring amusement parks, exciting museums, and outdoor attractions, spending quality time with your kids has never been easier.
Unique Things to Do in Minneapolis
Minnehaha Falls Park
Get outside and hit the trails for some adventurous bonding time with your kids. Who hasn’t dreamed about bonding over the scenic miles spent hiking along the 193 acres of limestone bluffs and beautiful overlooks? If hiking Minnehaha Falls isn’t your thing, try the park restaurant the Sea Salt Eatery, a local favorite only available in the summer months.
Cosmo Park Zoo and Conservatory
A free attraction, this zoo offers giraffes, polar bears, gorillas, and sea lions, as well as a display of the seasonal foliage. This zoo is perfect family fun in the Twin Cities for those who love plants and for small children who find tropical animals interesting. When you go to the conservatory aspect of the zoo, expect to see day-lilies, peonies, and plantain lilies this time of year.
Want to watch intricately-painted dragon boats compete against each other, but don’t want to renew your passport? Check out the Dragon Festival, a July festival celebrating Asian culture and heritage. There are also vendors offering traditional food, entertainment, and dances to attendees.
When you’re in the Twin Cities in the summer, you’ve got to catch a Minnesota Twins baseball game. If you’ve got kids 14 and under, the stadium staff encourages them to run the bases after a Saturday night game, making for a great photo op. The adults also get a special surprise with the catered local fare and selection of craft beer, making this a true outing and memorable experience for every member of the family. Go Twins!
Walker Arts Sculpture Garden
For families looking for a different, free musical experience or even those who want to let the kids run free for a few minutes, the Walker Arts Sculpture Garden is the place to be this summer. The Garden offers free events, like yoga, concerts, and tours of the sculpture garden during the summer for families on a budget. And with the free parking and bike-accessible location, this is an ideal location for active families to get in some quality time together.
Mall of America
When the beating sun proves to be too much, head indoors to the Mall of America for some family-friendly fun. With rides like the FlyOver America tour and the activities at Nickelodeon Universe to explore, there is plenty to do! Not your speed? Check out the SMAAASH arcade– with rides, arcade games, and a two-level go-kart track. If discovery and educational trips interest you, take some time to check out the Sea Life Aquarium, an aptly named attraction that plays host to a handful of underwater creatures, real and mystical! The mall also features places to shop and eat, giving your family a break from all the various activities and attractions.
Zero Gravity’s Aerial Ninja Obstacle Course
Do the kids need to burn off some pent-up, sitting-at-home energy? Head down to our activity park, and experience one of the best trampoline courts in Minneapolis. Run down balance beams, crawl up cargo nets and swing from ropes in our extreme obstacle course adventure.
Not ready to race your kids just yet? There are plenty of other family-friendly activities entire complex, which boasts open trampoline courts, a rock climbing wall, and exciting, dynamic games of laser tag. As an end-of-the-summer hurrah, or just a regular outing to treat the kids to some fun, head down to Zero Gravity for a summer experience that you and your kids are sure to remember for years to come.