Your Minneapolis Summer Bucket List

It’s 80 degrees and sunny in Minneapolis, and weather like this doesn’t last long around here, so let us help you with your summer bucket list. There’s plenty to do to stay cool in the Twin Cities in the summer, and we’ll cover the highlights that are budget friendly, and accommodating to life near campus.

First, here are some tools to make crossing items off your summer bucket list as easy as a slice of Sarah Jane’s Pie.

  • Take a Nice Ride around the cities! The Nice Ride Bike Share is a project active across the Twin Cities that allows you to rent a bike for cheap! Pick up and return the bikes at one of many docking stations across the cities!
  • If you’re driving, download the MPLS Parking app on either the Apple or Android to save time fooling with parking meters, and ensure that your meter won’t run out of time.
  • Stay up-to-date with current events and happenings with City Pages (app available through Apple and Android)

Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun is a short bike ride away, and offers all sorts of summer activities to make the most of the weather. If being active is your thing, you can take advantage of the running and biking trails surrounding the lake. If you’re training for a 5k, then you’re in luck because the running trail around the lake is exactly 5 kilometers around! The docket for your trip to Calhoun can also include swimming, tanning, kayaking, and even SAILING!

Wednesday Nights at the Ball Park

Student tickets to Twins games at Target Field are available for only $5! What could be better? It’s also Dollar Dog night! Get your cheap ticket, stuff yourself with hotdogs, and crack a cold one with the boys while enjoying America’s favorite pastime on a cool summer night.


The Minnesota State Parks and Forests system has over 6,000 campsites available, and you can reserve them online. Go ahead and grab your fishing pole, tacklebox and fishing license, and take advantage of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. For more information on equipment rentals to really make the most of your trip, check out the Minnesota DNR website.

Art Museums and Fairs

It’s a sin to say you lived in Minneapolis, unless you’ve visited the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center. Since the garden reopened on June 10th, after a two year renovation, thousands of people have visited to check out its newest additions. Guided tours are always free, and you can find a schedule of them on the Walker Art website. To find more information on other museums in the Twin Cities, check out this article from City Pages!

Art fairs pop up all over the area during the summer, and perhaps the most notable would be the Uptown Art Fair spanning the weekend of the 4th-6th of August. The Uptown Art Fair gives a chance to many artists to display and sell their artwork of many different mediums, and is welcoming to the entire community. Going on the same weekend, just over two miles east is the Powderhorn Art Fair around Lake Powderhorn.

Altogether, there’s plenty to do to stay busy in Minneapolis in the summer, no matter what your interests are. One of the best parts of living in the Twin Cities is that you get all the benefits of living in an urban area, but you’re only minutes away from large forests. Hopefully, this will help you cross a few items off your summer bucket list.