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20 Bucket List Items for Minnesota Summers:

July 12, 2018

Summer might be almost halfway over already, but it’s never too early to explore our great state of Minnesota!

20 Bucket List Items for Minnesota Summers:

   Enjoy America’s favorite pastime and go to a baseball game. Whether it’s the Minnesota Twins, the St. Cloud Saints, or one of your town teams, a little baseball on a warm, summer night is never a bad time.

2.       Go to a drive-in movie. The Vali-Hi Drive-In, located in Lake Elmo, is open every night of the week. For three movies, tickets under $10, and $1 hotdogs, the drive-in is a fun way to spend time with family and friends for a price you can’t beat.

3.       Get wet at a splash pad. Waterparks are fun but can get expensive. For a cheaper, just-as-fun alternative, splash pads are the way to go. Some popular splash pad locations include Central Park in Maple Grove, Round Lake in Eden Prairie, and Nicollet Commons in Burnsville.

4.       Spend the night in a tent. Set up a tent in your backyard (or living room if you don’t want to deal with the heat or bugs), cuddle up in a sleeping bag, and change up your sleeping scenery.

5.       What is summer without a zoo day? Whether you go to the Minnesota Zoo or the Como Zoo & Conservatory, a day hanging with the animals is a fun day for all.

6.       Travel to the North Shore. If you’re looking for a getaway in beautiful outdoors, there’s nothing better than the North Shore.

7.       Enjoy all the art Minnesota has to offer. Want to take that artsy photo for Instagram, the Minnesota Institute of Art and Walker Art Center are perfect, but don’t forget to check out the lesser known art hotspots like the Franconia Sculpture Park in Chisago Country too.

8.       Spice up your typical mini golf adventure with a more unique course. Some popular favorites for unique mini golf are Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul, Adventure Falls in Taylors Falls, Big Stone Mini Golf in Minnetrista, and Malt-Tees Mini Golf in Richfield.

9.       Visit a Pizza Farm. Pizza and farm animals sounds like a double win to me!

10.   Go Fishing. What better to do in the Land of 10,000 Lakes than to relax on the lake with some fishing?

11.   Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Featuring more than 1,215 acres of beautiful gardens, landscapes, and natural areas, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was voted Best Botanical Garden by Readers Choice 2017.

12.   Do go chasin’ those waterfalls! Grand Portage State Park and Minnehaha Falls are exciting waterfall locations for some wet fun in the sun. Or if you’re just a thrill seeker looking for an alternative to the classic lake day, the Quarry Park and Nature Reserve is another fun water hotspot.

13.   Explore the darkness. Adventure through popular Minnesotan caves and mines such as the Mystery Cave at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in Preston, or Sudan Underground Mine in Tower, but beware of the bats!

14.   Have some giant fun! Visit the Jolly Green Giant at Green Giant Statue Park in Blue Earth, or Paul Bunyan in Bemidji.

15.   Fairs, fairs, fairs. The State Fair is a must-see but look into going to your surround town’s fairs or county fairs. If you don’t want to go for the rides and games, go for the food.

16.   Watch a movie in the park. Many towns put on movies in the park at night, so grab a blanket, catch up with some neighbors, and relax.

17.   Go to the Rodeo, Yee-Haw! Grab your boots, your friends, and smile because you’re not the one getting bucked off the bull.

18.   Go to the races. Visit Canterbury Park and make bets on your favorite horses.

19.   Attend a concert on First Ave. Looking for a reasonably priced concert to go to? First Ave is where it’s at, and don’t forget to take a picture alongside the famous wall of stars. 

20.   Ride the day away at Valleyfair. From the rollercoasters, to the kiddie rides, to the waterpark, you can easily spend a day full of fun at this Minnesotan 125-acre amusement park.

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