Last updated on March 16th, 2018
Spring Time in Minnesota is filled with all kinds of fun. It is when we say goodbye to winter, and hello to green. The tree’s come back alive and a lot of Minnesotan’s start to re-emerge from a long winter of hibernation. Hopefully, not all of you stayed inside all winter.
Things to do in Minnesota this Spring is filled with all kinds of fun, as long as you are flexible. One day it might be 70 and sunny with melting snow everywhere, or you may find yourself in the middle of a FREEZE. The key is to be open and ready to change your plans day to day. It’s these Minnesota seasons the make it so much more fun.
28 Amazing Things To Do in Minnesota This Spring
- Garden (Arbor Day) activities. From Music and Celebrations to Tree themed activities planting and cleanup.
- Farmers Markets – Spring is when a lot of Farmers start heading to the market. Early Spring you’ll see a lot of potted plants and seedlings for your garden, along with fresh meats, eggs, and bread. But as June rolls around, the fruits and veggies start making an appearance. Check out Minnesota Grown for the location of the nearest one to you.
- Flower Shows at the Landscape Arboretum and the Como Zoo has some of the most popular in the state. They are where green thumbs get inspiration for their own homes. Or if you have a black thumb, it gives you some great ideas for your garden!
- Apple Blossoms transform the southern Minnesota trees into something amazing. Thankfully Explore MN has a route visit them all!
- Farm Babies and other Petting Zoos– Are you ready for the cute and cuddly? Spring is the best time to visit a farm or zoo, where they are showcasing their newest members. The MN Zoo is just one place to check out.
- Hike A Trail – Spring can be one of the most fun times to hike. The waterfalls flow faster, the heat isn’t bad and the bugs are still hibernating. And best of all, you can get in Free to most State Parks on National Get Outdoors Day June 9th!
- ATV Trails– All the mud that often comes in spring makes for a great ATV trails. The Milleac’s area and Brained have some great trails to check out. A lot of companies rent out ATV’s too.
- Spring Camping– Springtime can be some of the best times to camp. Not only do you beat the crowds of summer, but you don’t have to worry about the heat or bugs. Just bring a few extra layers of clothing just in case. My favorite place to find public campgrounds is on Ultimate Campground.
- Maple Syrup Taping – Find out where the amazing sweet substance that everyone loves to put on their pancakes comes from. It may surprise you just how much sap is needed to produce a bottle of syrup. Check out some of the events at the Minnesota State Parks!
- Jog the trails of Lake Harriet and Lake Bde Make Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun). Some of the nicest family-friendly trails are in MPLS. These trails connect and are paved, flat and have a separate trail just for bikers. For those training of a 5k, a full circle around Lake Bde Make Ska is just about the full distance. And Harriet is a 4.5k.Perfect for a beginner to train.
- MN United FC – Let’s not forget about the MN United FC team. They are the most recent sports team to call MN home and have been quickly making waves. You will have a great time.
- Fishing Opener – While you may not be able to join the Govern on his trip, it’s still worth getting on one of the 10,000 lakes and seeing if you can bring home dinner.
- Go to a Baseball Game – If you are looking for green grass during Spring in MN, sometimes the only place you’ll find it is at the Baseball Field. Target Field and CHS Field are home to amazing baseball teams. And they both are very affordable for the family.
- Preston Trout Days – Fishing Contents, Petting Zoos, BBQ, Car show and so much. Check it out!
- Homegrown Music Festival – MN has some amazing talent. Check out the Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth to see it all.
- May Day Parade – In Minneapolis, the Heart of the Beast Theater Company produces an amazing May Day Parade to welcome in Spring. It’s filled with handmade puppets, mask, music, and dance as the performers tell a story. It’s not to be missed.
- Stand Still Parade – MN has some amazing bike trails and one of the best is the Root River Trail in Harmony MN. The trail passes right through one of the smallest towns; Whalan. The town is so small, instead of having the parade move, the parade stays in place and the visitors move. Its one of the only Stand Still Parades in the country.
- Forshay Observation Deck, get a view of MPLS from the top of one of the first skyscrapers built in MN. Visit the Forshay Observation deck for all the details.
- Glensheen Mansion – One of the most impressive homes in Duluth has to be the Glensheen Mansion. Built right off lake superior it takes up some prime real-estate. If you are looking to explore the gardens, you may want to wait until it clears up before going out.
- Minneapolis Central Library – visit one of the unique and largest libraries in the state. Located right off Nicolet, this place inspires creatives and learning of all types.
- Mini Golf – with the weather is unpredictable sometimes it’s best to stay indoors. That’s why I love the indoor Mini Golf options. Try out Golf Zone in Chaska or my new favorite Can Can Wonderland.
SIT BACK AND RELAX
- Brewery Tour – MN Has some amazing breweries from Summit to Schell. Stop at a location on the way to your final destination or go on a brewery trail and hit up more than on. With Brewtrail.com you can custom create your own trail. They allow you to search by location, tasting and touring options.
- Mining Tour – The Iron Range is actively mining minerals from Northern Minnesota. Check out some of the work in action at these mines. Or check out the Grand Canyon of the North and see the first strip mine on the Mesabi Iron Range.
- Factory Tour – Have you ever wondered how they make different instruments? Or how they make wool blankets, make cheese or even find out how soda is bottled. Some of my favorites are the Whistle Bottling in Forest Lake and Redhead Creamery in Brooten MN
- Trolley Rides – Some of the best ways to explore a city are by trolley. You can explore the city and get some great information along the way. Rochester, Stillwater, Excelsior, and MPLS are just some of the locations you can choose from. And if you have little kids, they will get a huge kick out of this one!
- Boat Tours – Take a cruise down the river on a lake. The best part about boat cruises, is they have them for every budget. There are family friendly, romantic or party boats all over. The best place to catch a boat is in Duluth, Taylors Falls, Excelsior, and Redwing.
- Theater – Minnesota has amazing theatres. Check out the Dinner Theatre in Chanhassen or head downtown and see what Broadway plays are coming to town. If you have younger kids, check out the children theatre in Hopkins or the Childrens Theater in Minneapolis.
- Visit a Bed and Breakfast – relax at one of the amazing bed and breakfast in the state: http://minnesotabedandbreakfasts.org/index.php
Do you have any other springtime traditions? Feel free to add them to the comments so we can keep this list growing of unique things to do in Minnesota during spring. If you are looking for some more great ideas, check out Minnesota Road Trip Ideas | 28 Things That Open for Road Trip Season or A Minnesota Winter | 28 Things To Do in the Twin Cities.
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