The best time to visit Minneapolis is during the spring, when the city is finally waking up from its long winter hibernation. Minnesota has so many cute small towns to explore.
While they all are great, a perfect Spring Break destination in Minnesota is where you can spend a week and not get bored.
With Minnesota’s fickle weather, you need a destination that really shines during spring. Here is your ultimate guide to planning your Minnesota Spring Break.
Why You Should Consider A Minnesota Spring Break
The city has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and activities. The Twin Cities are home to some of the most beautiful parks in the country, and we have a thriving art scene, too.
Not to mention all the great food! Outside of the cities are some great parts of the state that make a great spring break or staycation for those itching to stay closer to home this year.
Why do you need a spring break?
We can’t deny the fact that we all need a break from our jobs now and then. The best way to do it is by taking a break from work. It is not only good for our mental health but also for the physical one.
Early morning wake-up calls are never fun and a good way to mentally decompress is to get out for a walk in the fresh air.
Traveling and relaxation are two of the most effective ways to decompress, both of them taking a bit of time and effort; in fact, travel is possibly one of the most effective ways to recuperate from stress.
Spring Break allows you to do all three: travel, travel, and relax – something that many startups struggle with.
What to Know About the Weather in Minnesota
Minnesota’s climate is known for its extreme weather. The state is usually colder in the winter and warmer in the summer. The average temperature in Minnesota ranges from -13°F to +91°F. So what does that mean for Spring? Your guess is as good as mine. Spring Break normally happens in late March.
There is usually a layer of snow still on the ground. Sometimes you might be snow-free, but the ground is wet and mushy. That being said, I recommend planning a MN Spring break near a big city to make sure you have a great time.
The Best Places To Stay at for Spring Break in Minnesota
Spring break is a time of year when you can take a break from the usual and do something different. This can be anything from traveling to another country, exploring uncharted territory, or just staying at home and relaxing.
I’m sharing with you some of the best places to stay for Spring Break in Minnesota. If you are looking for something new to do this Spring Break, then check out our list!
Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Minneapolis is a great destination for people who want to experience the best of the Midwest. The city offers a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities. You can visit one of the many museums or go for a hike in one of the many parks.
Start off your mornings by taking a hike and exploring the town. Spend the afternoons indoors at one of the great museums and historical properties.
If you’re looking for an urban adventure, Minneapolis offers plenty. Go shopping at the Mall Of America, stay around, and enjoy Nickelodeon Universe at night. Go on a Gangster Tour of St Paul. Spend the day in uptown and walk around the lakes.
Where to eat in Minneapolis/St Paul
The Twin Cities are home to several great restaurants. From the best steak house in Minneapolis to the best indoor dining, there is something for everyone. Our favorite place to get steak is Manny’s Steakhouse. For a good lunch, head over to Red Cow North Loop.
Where to stay in Minneapolis/St Paul
A good place to stay is The Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis. This hotel has been around since 1928 and has hosted many celebrities over the years, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The Ivy offers guests an upscale experience with its modern design and luxurious amenities.
Next up is The W Minneapolis. This hotel was originally built as an office building, but they have converted it into one of Minnesota’s most popular hotels.
For a family-friendly option, stay at The Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington. It’s a little way outside of Downtown Minneapolis but right to the Mall of America. The hotel has a water park inside and the kids will never want to leave. For something more secluded, consider renting an Airbnb downtown.
How To Get Around Minneapolis
Minneapolis and St Paul are the most visited of all Spring Break destinations in Minnesota. Most people will drive their car around downtown and park at some of the pay parking lots. It is the easiest way to get around. But what makes the cities unique is the Skyway system.
Most people will find a place to park, then use the skyways to hop from building to building without getting to face the outdoor elements. I have a full guide on how to use them: Navigating the MPLS Skyways Like a Local.
Another option is to take the light rail. The light rail has free parking at different parts of the track, like the Mall of America. For a few dollars, you can jump on the train and get to many places downtown. It’s safe and easy to use.
The town of Red Wing is home to one of the most beautiful hiking spots, Barn Bluff. The trails are all over Barn Bluff, with some for experienced hikers only. Take advantage of the great biking trails. See the Giant Red Wing Boot.
Or visit the Anderson Center Sculpture Garden. Climb to the top of the Water Tower and see some inspiring pieces of art. Find out how Red Wing Pottery has become so popular.
A few minutes south of Red Wing is Frontenac State Park. It is one of the best places in the country to watch birds migrating in the spring. More than 260 bird species have been seen there.
Done right, you can easily spend a week exploring the nooks and crannies of the town. If you want to explore more, head south on Highway 61 and make your way to Wabasha’s National Eagle Center.
It’s another great small town. Wabasha is the actual town that was home to the Grumpy Old Men series. You can go a little further down all the way to Winona, too.
Where to eat in Red Wing
Eat downtown in Red Wing’s great restaurants. Have breakfast at Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop. Have dinner at Kelly’s Tap House Bar & Grill. Stop into the Red Wing Barrel House for some great drinks and pizza.
Where to stay in Red Wing
Duluth is another great Spring Break destination in Minnesota. The town of Duluth has countless places to explore, like Canal Street and Superior Street. There are plenty of waterfalls around Lester Park.
You can also explore Enger Park Tower or the Glensheen Mansion. Walk on to the S.S. William A Irving Museum or go into the Great Lakes Aquarium. Visit a brewery or track down the three lighthouses in downtown.
Once you get your fill of Duluth, get in the car and take a drive along Minnesota’s North Shore. There are so many fun places to explore, like Two Harbors and Gooseberry Falls. Keep going north and you’ll get to Tettegouche State Park or go to Grand Marais, like Two Harbors but more remote. If you really want an adventure, drive to the tallest waterfall in MN, Grand Portage.
Where to eat in Duluth
Great restaurants to check out include Grandma’s on Canal Street, Coney Dogs for lunch or Tavern on the Hill.
Where to stay in Duluth
Duluth has accommodations at all price points. It’s part of why I love the town so much. Pier B Resort Hotel is a favorite because of its view of the Life Bridge. Another splendid hotel is the Comfort Suites Canal Park.
On Canal Street, you’ll be within walking distance to great restaurants and shopping, as well as Lake Superior views. if you are looking for a different type of trip, consider renting a cabin along MN’s North Shore. There are so many options for a remote trip. They book up fast.
Stillwater is another great Spring Break destination in Minnesota. You can easily spend a full week there exploring or use it as a base camp for some other marvelous adventures along the St Croix River. Stillwater has is a charming town with great river views. They have a rich history.
It’s a favorite location for many Minneapolis residents to day trip to. Take a Trolly Ride, Visit the old county jail, go to a winery, enjoy hidden caves and waterfalls. Bring your bike and go over the historical lift bridge.
With so many fun things to do, you can easily spend a week there exploring the rich history, hiking, eating, and more.
Where to eat in Stillwater
One thing Stillwater is known for is its great dining options. Start at the Oasis Cafe for breakfast. Or get some coffee at Cafézinho Stillwater the Commander Mill.
Have a drink at the Water Street Inn’s Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, or the Freight House. For dinner, there are so many great options like Mama Nacho Tacos or Tiki Lounge.
They have Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop for desert or two world-class ice cream shops. Nelson’s Ice Cream still serving ice cream out of their original shack used in 1923. Or MN Ice Cream searching Instagramable treats.
Where to stay in Stillwater
Stillwater has great options for staying. The town has such a rich history and the best way to see it is in one of their bed and breakfasts. There are many to choose from. Or stay in the Lora. They built the hotel into the cliffside on the site of the old Wolf Brewery.
Stillwater is a dream destination. With the stunning St Croix River, you’ll want to spend a couple days close by to take it all in. From bed and breakfast to family and pet friendly accommodations. Find the perfect place to stay in Stillwater.
St Cloud Minnesota
St. Cloud is a miniature metropolis, similar to the Twin Cities. While there is much to do in St. Cloud, many consider the neighboring towns all part of the package. The town is great for those that like to be outdoors.
There are great bike paths, hiking trails, and more. I personally loved getting to visit the Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. There are adventure parks, gardens, and even Hemker Park & Zoo.
Where to eat in St Cloud
When it comes to bakeries, St Cloud has some amazing options. First is Dutch Maid Bakery. The second is Cold Springs Bakery. They have amazing donuts and rolls! Lunch at the BoHo Café is amazing with locally sourced foods.
Where to stay in St Cloud
St Cloud has some great hotel options. First is the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn. With an indoor pool and hot tub, the kids will be happy. The adults will love the view of the Mississippi River out their window. The hotel is stunning. Another great option is the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.
For more on St Cloud MN visit: The Top Things to do in St Cloud MN | Day Trip
Have you done a Minnesota Spring Break Yet?
Minnesota has such a diverse landscape it’s no wonder so many people enjoy living here. Spring Break is the perfect reason for you to see it yourself.
Even if you’ve lived in Minnesota, your whole life and are looking to escape, check out a new part of the state at one of these great destinations.