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120 Free and Inexpensive Things To Do In The Twin Cities

Here is Touchstone’s top list comprised of inexpensive and FREE activities to do around the Twin Cities:

  1. Attend Open Streets Minneapolis.
  2. Take a walk around Lake Nokomis and see how many sculptures you can spot along the path. Take a stop at one of the beaches and take a swim.
  3. Rent a bike through Nice Ride ($4/half hour) and take a tour of Minneapolis’ many lakes such as Lake Nokomis, Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles.
  4. Tour the Minnesota State Capitol.
  5. Enjoy a free movie outdoors during the summer months.
  6. Visit your local library for a Museum Adventure Pass to get free admission to a museum in the Twin Cities.
  7. Visit a nature center. Try Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville or the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.
  8. Visit MIA – Minneapolis Institute of Art.
  9. Attend an event at your local library.
  10. Join a community book club in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
  11. Rent a specialty cycle that holds up to 3 of your friends with you.
  12. Visit the Como Planetarium and reach for the stars.
  13. Visit the Walker Art Center and enjoy some modern art (Free Thursday Nights and the First Saturday of each month).
  14. Take a stroll at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and find the big fish.
  15. Visit the Como Zoo.
  16. Go see a movie at the 1950’s styled Riverview Theater.
  17. Check out a free summer concert in Minneapolis.
  18. Watch air planes land and take off at the airport. Halfway between both terminals there is Post Road, turn there and you will see the cell phone parking lot. This is a good place to take in all the action.
  19. Ride the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line.
  20. Visit Bachman’s Garden Center and stop for a snack at Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe.
  21. Go sledding at Theodore Wirth Park, which has a tow rope and tubbing for endless fun.
  22. Play miniature golf at Malt-T-Melt Mini Golf in Richfield, Putt’er There in St. Paul or The Links at Dred Scott Miniature Golf in Bloomington.
  23. Attend the Lake Hiawatha Festival in South Minneapolis.
  24. Attend the Monarch Festival.
  25. Participate in NAMIwalks.
  26. Attend the Minneapolis MayDay Celebration.
  27. Participate in free yoga at the Union Depot.
  28. Attend the Midtown Global Market Neighborhood Night.
  29. Attend the Minneapolis Aquatennial.
  30. Attend the PRIDE Twin Cities festival.
  31. Attend Celebrate our Beloved Community.
  32. Attend one of the many community farmers markets such as the Midtown Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers Market, Richfield Farmers Market, New Hope Farmers Market,
  33. Go bowling at Memory Lanes or Bryant-Lake Bowl.
  34. Go horseback riding at River Valley Ranch in Carver or Bunker Hills Park.
  35. Take in the beautiful colors and smells at the Lyndale Park Rose Garden.
  36. Visit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.
  37. Go to the Internet Cat Film Festival at the Walker.
  38. Visit the Mill City Museum and take a ride on the grain elevator.
  39. Attend the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
  40. Take a tour of the US Bank Stadium.
  41. Watch a live horse race at Cadbury Park.
  42. Take a day trip to the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN.
  43. Take a tour of Target Field.
  44. Visit the Museum of Russian Art.
  45. Visit the Germanic American Institute in St. Paul.
  46. Visit the American Swedish Institute. Take in the art, culture and New Nordic Cuisine at their restaurant FIKA.
  47. Drive by Tucker’s Tree House in Minnetonka.
  48. Enjoy a winter’s day at the Holidazzle in Loring Park.
  49. Go visit Prince’s star at First Avenue.
  50. Visit Minnesota’s Salt Cave.
  51. Visit the Wells Fargo Museum Downtown Minneapolis.
  52. Check out the Guthrie Theater and take a guided tour of backstage, costumes and Guthrie’s architecture.
  53. Visit the Foshay Museum and Observation Deck Downtown Minneapolis.
  54. Visit Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America.
  55. Visit the Ford Dam and visitor center.
  56. Go to the Minnehaha Falls and take a walk down by the river.
  57. Spend a day at Fort Snelling State Park, walk or bike the trails, check out the visitor center and hike up to the historic Fort Snelling where you’ll learn about military life in the 1820s.
  58. Play Frisbee golf at Fort Snelling or Wabum Courses.
  59. Walk around the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and take in natures’s beauty.
  60. Visit the Weisman Art Museum located on the East Bank at the University of Minnesota.
  61. Go to IKEA and try their famous Swedish meatballs. Drop the kids off at the Smaland play area and go shopping.
  62. Walk the skyways in downtown Minneapolis, all 9 miles worth!
  63. Go see a free show at the Hexagon Bar.
  64. Take a tour of the St. Paul Cathedral.
  65. Visit the Bell Museum of Natural History.
  66. Is it Monday? Go to the Open Mic Night at the Acme Comedy Club.
  67. Attend the Art Car Parade around Lake Harriet.
  68. Visit Santa and his elves at Macy’s SantaLand.
  69. Enjoy ballet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Landmark Center. Bring your own lunch.
  70. Visit the “Witch’s Hat” water tower, one of the highest points in the City of Minneapolis.
  71. It’s not officially spring until you visit the Macy’s Flower Show Downtown Minneapolis.
  72. Take a walking tour of Summit Avenue, where you’ll see the J. Hill House, Cathedral Hill, the Governor’s Mansion and many more historical homes along the way.
  73. Check out the Northern Clay Center.
  74. Visit the NWA History Centre.
  75. Make a splash at Minnesota’s largest indoor waterpark.
  76. Walk through America’s largest corn maze.
  77. Watch the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at Lake Nokomis.
  78. Attend the Minneapolis Greek Festival. Opa!
  79. Take a seat on the big green chair across from Lake Calhoun.
  80. Check out all that the Minnesota State Fair has to offer: eating as much food as possible, going on rides at the midway, visiting farm animals, and watching the fireworks at closing.
  81. Visit an Art Shanty on the ice.
  82. Attend the Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl or Uptown Art Fair.
  83. Discover more about cultures around the world at the Festival of Nations.
  84. Meet the diplodocus at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
  85. Learn all about fiber art at the Textile Center.
  86. Make your own maple syrup.
  87. Take an art class and go shopping at Articulture.
  88. Hop on a Segway and learn about the Twin Cities.
  89. Go back to the fifties and check out some hot rides.
  90. Check out the history of transportation at the Minnesota Transportation Museum.
  91. Visit the Somali Museum of Minnesota.
  92. Polka at the Twin Cities Polish Festival.
  93. Visit the James J. Hill Museum, and see first hand how the builder of the Great Northern Railway lived.
  94. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in St. Paul.
  95. Take a break from the Minnesota cold and go to the tropics at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. While there make sure to check out the Japanese Garden.
  96. On the second Saturday of the month visit the 10,000 square feet of Lego Displays at Brickmania Toyworks.
  97. Visit the largest mall in North America, Mall of America. While there make sure to visit VOM FASS.
  98. Enjoy over 75 rides and attractions at Valley Fair.
  99. Visit Indian Mounds Regional Park.
  100. Get your fall fix at a nearby apple orchard.
  101. Go Bird-watching at Lilydale Park in St. Paul.
  102. Visit one of the largest displays of military aircraft at the Air National Guard Museum.
  103. Get some deals at a city-wide garage sale.
  104. Pick your own strawberries and blueberries at Bauer Berry Farm.
  105. Connect with the past at Minnesota’s History Center .
  106. Watch a bird show, shark feeding, cow milking and more the Minnesota Zoo.
  107. Watch a documentary at the MN Zoo IMAX Theater.
  108. Experience winter fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
  109. Go to the place where anyone can be a kid, the Minnesota Children’s Museum (Free every 3rd Sunday).
  110. Attend the Freedom Jazz Festival and enjoy some music, art and soulful vibes.
  111. Go lawn bowling at Brit’s Pub, Downtown Minneapolis.
  112. Eat the largest child size ice cream cone at Nelson’s Ice Cream.
  113. Visit the World’s Quietest Place.
  114. Let’s go fly a kite at the Lake Harriet Kite Festival.
  115. Visit the North West Company Fur Post.
  116. Attend a Red Bull Crashed Ice.
  117. Get to know Minnesota’s first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, by visiting his Home.
  118. Learn about the heritage of Swedish immigrants at the Gammelgarden Museum.
  119. Take a steamboat ride on Lake Minnetonka.
  120. Attend a Saints Game.

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