The beauty of Minneapolis is best seen outside. There are myriad outdoor activities in Minneapolis for every mood and every persuasion. Nothing beats a day attending Minneapolis concerts outdoors or touring through one of the city’s many parks.Concerts in Minneapolis are best experienced in the city’s Music in the Park outdoor concert series. Every season sees more than 200 shows performed for free and that are open to the public. Head down to the band shell at Lake Harriet, Bryant Square Park, Father Hennepin Bluffs, and Minnehaha Falls Park for this series. The music ranges from jazz to bluegrass, world, folk, rock, latin, and much more. The season runs from May 28 to Sept. 3.The best thing about parks is that they are free public spaces that offer entertainment and activity for everyone. For a great park experience, visit the two Minneapolis parks stand out for visitors and locals. The Mills Ruins state park celebrates the great mill that once ground down the flour and transformed Minneapolis into a leader of growth in the region. Cross the famous and historic Stone Arch Bridge across the Mississippi River to get to Father Hennepin Bluffs, a grand photo-op spot. The Bluffs offer great views of the city center and the Mississippi river gorge, and the park features countless footpaths for hiking and riding.
For a distinctly Minneapolis tour, hop on a paddle-boat and cruise the old-fashioned way down the Mississippi. Take daily tours and be lead into deeper the historical significance that the river had in developing Minneapolis and the greater development of America.
There are endless outdoor activities in Minneapolis, and the best time to enjoy is in the late spring, summer, or early fall. But no matter the time of year, come out and enjoy the outdoor splendor of the city as it turns with each season.