Schools out for summer – What do we do now?
Farmers Market with Family Fun Activities
Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes to these fun farmers markets!
Get onboard the farm-to-table movement as a family.
Summer Music in the Park Series
Grab the picnic blanket and get ready to listen to live music in the park!
Summer season is here and the Puppet Wagons are out!! You can find these wagons cruising through parks and libraries across the following cities
Pick Your Own (PYO) Orchards – Minnesota farms will soon be ripe with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and much more. Minnesota strawberry season usually begins in early to mid-June, followed by raspberries and blueberries — beloved fruits for kids of all ages — in July and August. And of course, apple picking in the fall is a must!
- Pick Your Own (PYO) Orchards – Strawberry Farms Harvesting in June
Minnesota strawberry season generally begins in early to mid June. The length of the season varies from year to year depending on the weather conditions but usually lasts at least 2 full weeks, sometimes closer to 4 weeks.
- Pick Your Own Orchards – Raspberry Farms Harvesting in July
The start of the Minnesota raspberry summer bearing season usually begin in late June/early July (in between the start of strawberry season and blueberry season), and the second seasons bears around September.
- Pick Your Own Orchards – Blueberry Farms Harvesting in July
These lovely berries are generally prime for picking in mid to late July. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait long because it’s an early season this year.
Pizza Farms began popping up in the last few years as a way for farmers to generate income and also as a way to invite people to their farms for a very memorable experience. Most pizza farms are open only one or two days per week, and there are several you can find within an hour of the Cities.
Free (or Mostly Free) Indoor Summer Movie Series
Are the free outdoor summer movie series either too late or too buggy for your kiddos? How about a nice, air-conditioned, morning movie?
Kids Bowl Free All Summer
Did you know that a number of bowling alleys offer free kids bowling all summer long?
Park Nature Programs
If you haven’t heard about our Minnesota’s amazing nature programs then it’s time to get educated. There are LOADS of neat park programs going on throughout the summer.
Outdoor Movies in the Cities
Thanks to The Current, you can find a movie in the park almost every day of the summer.
Man-Made Swimming Ponds
They look like a lake. They’re surrounded by a beautiful (clean) sandy beach. And best yet, the water is filtered, lightly chlorinated and without fish! No mysteries in the deep and no off-putting smells.
Ice Cream Shops
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! We have nearly 100 sweet ice cream shops in our collection. Oh the flavors to enjoy!
Check out one of our Outdoor Categories for many more summer fun ideas!
- Amusement Parks
- Animals, Farms, Zoos (Outside)
- Bike Trails
- Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking
- Golf – Disc/Foot/Fling/Regular
- Hiking Trails
- Mini Golf
- Nature Centers (Outdoors)
- Playgrounds (Outside)
- Regional, State & National Parks
- Sculpture Gardens
- Splashpads & Wading Pools (Outside)
- Swimming Beaches
- Swimming Pools & Waterparks (Outside)
- Zip Lines & Alpine Slides
- Boat Tours
- City Tours
- Train & Streetcar Rides