The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but summer comes in a close second, especially for residents of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Temperatures are at their best during the stretch of time between late May and early September and you can finally enjoy some time outdoors. Among the most popular summer activities in the region, riding bikes, picnicking, hiking, boating and spending time relaxing on one of the region’s many lake beaches. But just like everyplace else, you do get your occasional summer rainstorm that chases people back inside.
Don’t let summer storms cloud one of the most wonderful times of year for you! Here are some indoor activities you’re sure to enjoy:
A visit to the Mall of America
On a rainy day, one of the more popular activities in the Twin Cities is to pay a visit to the Mall of America. Not only does the mall offer great shopping — 520 stores all in one place — there are 50 restaurants and attractions galore.
If you enjoy amusement parks, you can visit to Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor theme park. Located in the center of the Mall, there are seven acres worth of unique rides and attractions, including the Brain Surge, a circular ride that spins you round and round and upside down and the Log Chute, a water adventure that ends with a 40 foot plunge down a waterfall. Admission to the amusement park is free. Ride tickets must be purchased. A wristband that lets you ride all day long is $29.95 per person. Purchase online and you get a $4 discount.
There’s also a huge aquarium to visit called SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America. It features 10,000 sea creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, rays, jellyfish, seahorses and more. Tickets for kids ages 3-12 are $14.99. Adult tickets are $19.99. Learn more at the Mall of America website. The Mall of America is about 20 minutes from Downtown Minneapolis.
Mill City Museum
One of the more popular attractions closer to the city’s Downtown is the Mill City Museum located along the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Built into the ruins of what used to be the world’s largest flourmill, the museum is a place where visitors of all ages learn about the histories of the flour industry, the river and the city of Minneapolis. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and under get in free. Log on to their website for more information.
Midtown Global Market
If you want to experience the city’s culture in a unique way, check out the Midtown Global Market. Located in what used to be the long vacant Sears building on Lake Street, the market features vendors selling ethnic products of all kinds ‘” food, clothing, crafts and more. Free parking in the ramp across the street is available with validation. Hours are 10 a.m. ‘” 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. ‘” 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are a few shops that open earlier, however. Log on to their website for more details.
And if you enjoy the arts, other indoor places you may want to consider visiting are the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Guthrie Theater. For more information about things to do in Minneapolis log on to www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/visitors.