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Things to do this Summer

I always find myself having a tough time thinking of things to do with all of the free time I have in the summer so I decided to make a list of fun things to do in that extra time. These are activities I have already done but would love to do again, along with some that I would love to try! And the best part is...the majority are free or fairly inexpensive. 

Art Stuff: 

The Walker Art Center/Sculpture Garden & Conservatory

The Walker Art Center is right in Minneapolis and every first Saturday of the month, along with Thursday nights from 5pm-9pm, is free admission! And the sculpture garden and conservatory are always free. 

Minneapolis Institute of Arts 

This art museum is donations based only and is located near uptown.It has some really awesome pieces of artwork as well as a great view of the Minneapolis skyline. 

Franconia Sculpture Garden

This free outdoor sculpture garden is located at the Minnesota/Wisconsin border and is definitely worth the drive. There are also a lot of state parks in the area as well as small towns to check out after! 

Uptown Art Fair

Roam the streets of Uptown and look at amazing art pieces in August. 

Outdoor Stuff: 
(Both sculpture gardens listed above are outdoors as well.)

Bike Riding 

See all of Minneapolis with these trails or create your own route!

Hidden Beach

Get some sun or go swimming on those really hot, humid days. 

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation 

Find any park with this website.

Music & Movies: 

Outdoor Music and Movies

I have never attended these but this will be the summer to start. 

Zoo:

Como Zoo & Conservatory

I love this zoo, especially for the gorgeous conservatory. 

Farmers Markets: 

Mill City Farmers Market

Minneapolis Farmers Market

U of M Farmers Market

I plan to visit all of these farmers markets throughout the summer. They are all within biking distance from Dinkytown and the Mill City Farmers Market even has a gluten-free week scheduled! 

Indoor Stuff/Staying at Home/Rainy Day: 

Crosswords
I have been doing weekly crossword puzzles through The Daily and The Onion

Reading
There are many cheap used bookstores in the area and there are also libraries close to campus to rent books and CDs at. 

Pick up an instrument
I am going to pick up the guitar again since it has been awhile with how busy school gets. 

Draw/Paint/Make Your Own Art
All you need are some art supplies and your set. 













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