Live in Minneapolis? Traveling to the area? Simply Feeling Minnesota? Here is a list of free things to do in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Free Things to Do in Minneapolis
Minneapolis has so much to offer visitors. One of the “Twin Cities” in Minnesota, Minneapolis is known for its cultural landmarks, eclectic arts scene, its many parks, and it has been a center for music, especially alternative rock, funk and folk music. There is something for everyone when you visit Minneapolis.
Traveling can take a toll on your budget. It is great to see all of the attractions in the area, but before you know it, your wallet has taken a major hit. Ease your travel costs with this fun list of free things to do in Minneapolis.
Mall of America
What list of free things to do in Minneapolis would be complete without the Mall of America? This mall has earned its reputation as being an attraction all of its own. While there are activities and stores that are not free, window shopping is always free. Plus, there are often events like fashion shows, celebrity appearances, and musical acts, going on that add more enjoyment to the mall. The Mall of America is also a great place to spend a birthday!
Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center is perfect for dining, offering casual and fine dining. There is a theater, dance, cinema and more. While the Art Center does come with a fee, on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 3 pm and every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 9 pm, admission is free. There is also a recently renovated outdoor sculpture garden that is free every day, all year-long. The garden is located adjacent to the Walker Art Center.
Because of the music scene in Minneapolis, there have been many artists who came from Minneapolis. For example, visit the Bob Dylan mural. This mural, located on Hennepin and S. 5th street, in the cultural district. The mural is 60 by 150 foot and has a kaleidoscope effect. It is one of the most popular murals in the city.
The Prince Mural is another mural located in the city. You can view the Prince mural uptown on 26th street and Hennepin Avenue. The mural was designed by Rock “Cyfi” Martinez as a “gift to the City of Minneapolis”.
There are murals all over the city of Minneapolis for you to discover!
Como Zoo & Conservatory
The Como Zoo and Conservatory allows families to get up close to the animals. With a large variety of animals, the Como Zoo & Conservatory offers family fun, parks areas, beautiful gardens, and art. The zoo is free to visit.
Minnehaha Regional Park
The Minnehaha Regional Park is one of the oldest parks in the area. It is, also, one of the most popular parks. Visitors will fall in love with the majestic 53-foot waterfall, river overlooks, and limestone bluffs. More than 850,000 visitors come to the park each year. The park is open 6 am-midnight in developed areas and 6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas.
Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway
The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is known as America’s most important urban scenic byway. Featuring a 50-mile loop through the city, visitors can bike, walk, or skate. The byway is an all-season attraction that has many popular stops, like the Minnehaha Falls in the Minnehaha Regional Park, Lake Harriet Rose Garden, and the Quaking Bog.
Lakewood Cemetery Tours
The Lakewood Cemetery Tours offers guided tours of the grounds, or visitors can pick up a free copy of the tour guide brochure and tour the grounds on their own. Listen to the slide presentation that shows the rich history of Lakewood Cemetery and shows some of the famous memorials. The guide brochure is also available to download online.
Weisman Art Museum
The Weisman Art Museum is in a stainless steel and brick building that was designed by Frank Gehry. The museum offers a collection of 20th-century American artists and a diverse collection of ceramics and contemporary art. The museum also offers events on a regular basis.
There is a wide variety of free things to do in Minneapolis. This is a short list to help you find fun activities to fill your time. If not, you can always head over to St Paul!