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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Top 25 Free things to do in Minneapolis

It is always fun to visit new cities but one thing I have found is it is hard to know what to do when you get there. Many cities have signature attractions but sometimes those places cost a fortune.  Here are some amazing things to do in the beautiful midwestern city of Minneapolis that won’t break the bank.  In fact, all of these activities are FREE!

Surprisingly, Minneapolis is becoming one of the most popular cities in the US to travel to. Most wouldn’t think of traveling there but Minneapolis is quickly becoming one of the coolest places to be and is fast becoming a cultural hotspot! While there are over a hundred different free things to do in the Twin Cities, we’ve compiled a list of 25. So grab your bags and let’s go!

1.  Minneapolis Institute of Arts  

This is a great collection of art and is free every day (except Mondays when it’s closed)! It has artworks and artefacts from all over the world and all different time periods. Then you can grab a coffee from Spyhouse Coffee a few streets over after your visit (Minneapolis is ranked number 7 in the US for best coffee city!).

2.  Maple Syrup 

That’s right! You can learn how to make maple syrup in one of the many parks in Minneapolis in the springtime! This is a great opportunity for the kids!


3.  Lyndale Park Rose Garden

It’s the perfect place to indulge your inner botanist.  This beautiful place is right next to Lake Harriet where you can enjoy an afternoon full of amazing flowers.

4.  Surly Brewery Tours 

If you’re looking for a break from the kids, Surly Brewery offers free tours every Sunday. If you’re feeling peckish, there are loads of food trucks that sell good food outside. It’s located in Brooklyn Park.

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5.  Hudson Hot Air Event 

If you’re there in February, there is a fun event for the whole family! Located in nearby Hudson, this Hot Air Balloon festival is filled with fun activities from parades to geocaching, arts and crafts, and of course, lots of balloon launches!

6.  Minnesota State Capitol 

The state capitol offers free guided tours every hour. This is a great opportunity to learn about a different state and to look at some amazing architecture.

7.  Cathedral of St. Paul 

Inspired by European cathedrals, this beautiful church building is open for free tours. It’s a magnificent building with a much different layout than most cathedrals.

8.  The 331 Club

In northeast Mineapolis has Blingo night!  Enjoy this fun game every Sunday at 7 pm.

9.  Minnesota Sinfonia 

On that same note, the Minnesota Sinfonia often has free concerts for adults and families in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. This is a great opportunity to treat your kids to the beauty of classical music.

10.  Walk the Stone Arch Bridge

You can catch some of the greatest views in the whole city from this pedestrian walk bridge that crosses directly over the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls.  Be sure to look at the Mill City Ruins which makes it the perfect afternoon hangout spot.

11. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 

This garden of statues is located opposite the Walker Art Center and has some very famous pieces of modern sculpture such as the Spoonbridge and Cherry and the Standing Fish. The Art Center itself is also a really great visit and you can visit it for free on Thursday evenings from 5-9 or on the first Saturday of each month.


12.  Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 

On the wild side, Como Park Zoo is fun for the whole family! They have everything from animals, gardens, carousel and other park rides, pieces of art, and plenty of gift shops. It’s also FREE!

13.  Mississippi River walks 

If you’re in the mood for a run, a bike ride, or even just a leisurely walk, Minneapolis’ location on the Mississippi River makes it the perfect place to enjoy some exercise and the riverfront. With 3000 miles of bike trails along its banks, there is no shortage of distance to walk, run , or bike.

14.  Movies in the park

This is a great way to entertain the entire family!  You can watch them in a beautiful Twin Cities park to make this evening even better.

15.  Music in the park

This is the same idea as movies in the park, only with a variety of local bands to entertain you during the evening.


16.  Minneha Falls

This is a very important location to the people of Minnesota, especially to the Dakota Indians. It’s an impressive sight in summer but is especially cool to watch in winter when it is frozen over.

17.  Classic Cars 

If you’re into classic cars or just want to flit back to the past, just head into nearby Hastings and enjoy admiring cars as people bring them in. They host them every other Saturday from May to October from 5-9pm.

18.  US Pond Hockey Championships 

If you’re there during the winter months, this fun sporting event is free and is held in January. Watch this fun winter sport take place on Lake Nokomis and keep warm with a mug of hot chocolate while you watch.

19.  Free Kids Movies 

Every Saturday morning, Mall of America’s theater hosts free family movies at 10 am. If your child is handicapped or has a disability, the theater also has an extension of this program that is perfect for your child.

20.  Swedish Heritage Day

Svenskarnas Dag is an annual festival held every June at Minneha Park. It’s a great way to learn about Swedish culture and how that has greatly shaped Minnesota and its people. It’s a great way to learn about a different culture.

21.  Twin Cities Polish Festival 

Not only is Minneapolis home to people with Swedish ancestry, but many have Polish ancestry as well! This fun festival is held every August in the downtown area and has many things that the whole family can enjoy.


22.  Bell Museum of Natural History 

This wonderful museum is full of animal specimens from around the world. Their dioramas are one of the best and capture animals at distinct moments in their habitat. It is a neat way to learn about wildlife in Minnesota and they have many exhibits that are kid-friendly.

23.  Art Sled Rally 

This is a really fun activity during the winter months and is not only free to watch but free to enter! People make all kinds of sleds and race them down the slopes at Powderhorn Park. It’s a whacky and fun event to watch and to be creative at if you decide to join in the fun.

24.  Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

This is the perfect place to wander at this elaborate indoor garden.  You can also tour the outdoor Zen garden for free!

25.  “Witch’s Hat” Tower

Washburn Water Tower is the perfect place to see beautiful old architecture. The only downside is the “Witch’s Hat” observation tower is only open to the public once a year, but the surrounding park is open all year long.