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Family-Friendly Fun in Minnesota This Spring

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Spring in Minnesota is a glorious time. The snow begins to melt, jackets get shoved in the closet and people come out of hibernation. Minnesotans know how to make the most out of the warmer weather after months of snow and cold. Check out these ways to have some family-friendly fun in Minnesota this spring.

Top Things to do in Minnesota in the Summer & Spring

1. Go on a Hike

You don’t have to travel too far out of the cities to find a great place to hike. Barn Bluff in Redwing is situated on a limestone bluff 400 feet above the Mississippi River. The hike is about four miles and steep in areas, but offers amazing views of the river below and well worth the climb.

Top Things to do in Minnesota in the Summer - Barn Bluff

The view from Barn Bluff is is one of the reasons why it’s one of our top things to do in Minnesota in the summer and spring.

Interstate State Park in Taylor’s Falls has several trails totaling seven miles in length, two of which are situated on sandstone bluffs and have views of the St. Croix River.

If you want to travel a bit further north, Gooseberry Falls (pictured above) in Two Harbors is an incredible choice. Just 2 1/2 hours north of the cities you will find a 20-mile trail that weaves itself around the Gooseberry River through quiet forests and several scenic waterfalls.

2. Visit a Farmer’s Market

While you may not find a plethora of produce at a farmer’s market in the spring here in Minnesota, you will find a sense of community as you weave your way through one of our many markets. In the spring, you can find vendors featuring fresh cut flowers, local meats and cheeses, local honey, and handmade crafts. Many markets, such as Mill City Market in Minneapolis, feature live music and cooking education. See Minnesota Grown’s interactive map and extensive list of Minnesota Farmer’s Markets.

3. Catch a Movie and Music in the Park

Beginning Memorial Day, the city of Minneapolis features movies and live music in the park. Bring your family, some lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic for a fun night under the stars. See the list of events and locations.

4. Visit a Pizza Farm

Pizza farms are becoming extremely popular in Minnesota as people are demanding quality, homegrown ingredients and well-crafted pizzas. Minnesotans take their pizza seriously, and if that means making the trek to a farm on the outskirts of the cities, we’ll do it.

These farms grow their own produce and handcraft their pizzas with local cheeses and quality wheat in their crusts. They are cooked-to-order in wood ovens on the property. Grab the family, bring your own beverages and a blanket to dine on. Some local pizza farms to check out include Red Barn Farm in Northfield, DreamAcres Farm in Wycoff and Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm in Waseca. Be sure to check the websites for days and hours.

5. Catch a Baseball Game

There is not a whole lot that can beat an outdoor baseball game in the spring. Minnesota is home to two outdoor ballparks. Target Field is the home of the MLB Minnesota Twins, and CHS Field is home to the minor league St. Paul Saints.

Target Field was built in 2010, is easily accessible by the light rail, bus service as well as car, and offers beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline. Be sure to inquire about a tour of the stadium before you catch a game.

The Saints had their home opener in May of 2015 at their brand new CHS Field. The park is located in the Lowertown part of St. Paul, has 7,000 seats, and offers the fun of baseball in a more intimate setting.  You will find that a game at CHS is fun, light-hearted and entertaining for all ages.

Spring in Minnesota is a time of renewal for everyone. Our communities thrive on coming together for some good family fun.

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