Things to do in Minneapolis Mn during the Summer

Planning a vacation or stay-cation in Minneapolis this summer? There are many activities in the city to keep visitors and residents alike busy all summer long.
For people who like biking Minneapolis is home to more than 50 miles of bike trails that wind through and around the city known as The Grand Rounds. Riders can chose to ride around one of the cities many lakes or challenge themselves to complete the whole circle.

For bikers who prefer to go off road Minneapolis Theodore Wirth Park features off road bike trails perfect for people who prefer dirt to cement. Need to cool off on a hot day? Minneapolis is home to twelve beaches, neighborhood wading pools and a water park. Popular beaches include Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis. The Water Park of America, an indoor water park and Valleyfair Amusement park are located in the suburbs.

Want to enjoy a paddling a canoe but can’t afford a camping/canoe trip up north? Lake Calhoun offers canoe and pedal-boat rentals. People can canoe the lakes in Minneapolis’s chain of lakes. Fishing enthusiasts will find Minneapolis lakes home to great fishing. The Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers also provide good fishing.
For the baseball fan Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins play in the American League. 2010 brings the return of outdoor baseball to Twins fans with the opening of Target Field.

Theater lovers will find Minneapolis is home to award winning theater. The Guthrie Theater is one of the top regional theaters in the country and features shows on three stages as well as breathtaking views of the Mississippi from its Endless Bridge.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres located in Chanhassen, MN is one of the largest dinner theaters in the country. Musicals such as Oklahoma!, Singing in the Rain, and Josepth and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat have played on the main stage. The theater also features a summer camp for kids.

Minneapolis is also home to the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August. One of the largest theater festivals of its kind the festival features over 200 shows performed at different venues over two weeks. There is truly something for everyone.
For film buffs the Minneapolis Park Board features Movies in the Park almost every night of the week during the summer. In addition some of the venues offer music as well. One of these most popular venues is Loring Park. Presented by the Walker Art Center the Monday night films usually follow a theme such as an actor or political film. Bands start at 7 and films begin at dusk. Movie goers bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. The best thing about Movies in the Park is that they are free.

Minneapolis is home to many museums including the Walker Art Museum, Mill City Museum, The Bakken and historical sites like Fort Snelli ng. Visitors can have an enjoyable day checking out these sites close to home.Minneapolis is home to the Aquatennial Celebration every summer in July. The celebration features activities like milk carton boat races, a 5K run, block parties and fireworks.

Need a new painting? Don’t miss the Uptown, Loring and Powderhorn Art Fairs. The three art fairs are held in early August on the same weekend. People can take a free shuttle bus to each of the fairs. Other art fairs include the Saint Anthony Art Fair and the Northeast Art-a-Whirl.

Love to cook? Check out one of Minneapolis many Farmers Markets. Many of the neighborhoods have their own markets. Markets often feature live music and vendors as well as cooking demos to help visitor cook their all those locally raised veggies. Popular markets include the Mill City Farmers Market and the Midtown Farmers Market. Be sure to check out the local food vendors like The Chef Shack and the Magic Bus Cafe at these markets.

These are just a few ideas to get visitors or residents started exploring Minneapolis in the summer.