50 Reasons We Love Summer in Minnesota

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Erik Hess
After the bitter-cold, never-ending winter, we've finally made it to summer. To celebrate this amazing season when the days get longer and filled with sun, the City Pages staff collected a few of our favorite things to do around the state. Without further ado, here's our love letter to Minnesota summers. Did we miss anything? Leave your favorites in the comments!

See also:
50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota
50 Reason Minnesota is the Best State in America

50. Every couple of years or so, the Walker Art Center commissions artists, designers, students, and dreamers to create a one-of-a-kind mini golf course straight from imagination to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. With a view of the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry to the downtown skyline, this mini golf course is a hole in one.

49. Let's all agree that even if you like pedal pubs, there's been at least one time when those rowdy beer drinkers screaming at everything under the sun have annoyed you. Why not engage in a little playful heckling? They're all yelling at you anyways, so give 'em a piece of your mind. (Or indulge in your passive aggressive side on this Facebook group.) Also, exercise and copious amounts of beer on tap at the same time? We'll take our brews ice-cold and on solid ground, thanks.

48. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! See how the animal kingdom keeps cool during Minnesota's hottest months at the Minnesota Zoo and the Como Zoo.

47. Hanging outside all night is something that's way more pleasant during the summer... and it's even better when you can roam around checking out experimental art installations, nomming on food-truck goods, and exploring the city in a whole new light... or lack thereof at the all-night Northern Spark.

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Surf's up in Lake Superior!
46. Surfing. Yeah, that's right. You can hang 10 in Lake Superior if you can handle the chilly, chilly water.

45. Throw some heavy balls around. Bocce balls, that is! Minneapolis has a ton of parks with space for regular old lawn bowling, and a few are equipped with actual courts. If you fancy yourself a bocce pro, hit up the Nomad World Pub for their annual tournament. Ditto for Brit's Pub if you're into starting a lawn bowling league while sipping Pimm's Cups on their rooftop.

44. Openings at the mountain biking trails popping up all over Minnesota, like the internationally-recognized ones in the 800-acre Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, about two hours north of the Twin Cities.

43. Disc golf! With great courses like Kaposia, Acorn Park, and the one in Theodore Wirth, getting out and tossing some disc is a fun and cheap way to enjoy summertime.

42. The metro area has dozens of small wildlife reserves that welcome visitors. Take an afternoon stroll through the Lake Harriet Bird Sanctuary, the Wood Lake Nature Center, or the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and try to spot some obscure creatures.

41. Minneapolis and St. Paul shut down their streets to motorized vehicles during Open Streets events.


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thuter
thuter

Is it so bad to enjoy the city in which you live? The Twin Cities may not be the biggest or most exciting, but there is a lot to offer, and city pride is not reserved for New York and Chicago. Being a true Minnesotan, I don't like to say we are better than other cities, but it is nice to acknowledge the things we DO have to offer. Don't be so grumpy and negative for heavens sake, and if you really find the area so deplorable than, please, seek a path to getting yourself out of here!

thuter
thuter

Is it so bad to enjoy the city in which you live? The Twin Cities may not be the biggest or most exciting, but there is a lot to offer, and city pride is not reserved for New York and Chicago. Being a true Minnesotan, I don't like to say we are better than other cities, but it is nice to acknowledge the things we DO have to offer. Don't be so grumpy and negative for heavens sake, and if you really find the area so deplorable than, please, seek a path to getting yourself out of here!

horst
horst

This piece makes no mention of the geoengineering/weather modification programs over the Twin Cities that are robbing us of our summer as we read this very (stupid) article. I guess I'm the only guy out of 4 million idiots who has noticed how the weather turns a complete 180 every time a group of airplanes crisscross the sky at high altitude with enormous plumes of grey chemical mist coming out the back of them. Hmm.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The City Pages, runs, adinfinitum, why the Twin Cites is the best... the top ten...    In reality they are just trying to convience themselves that this is an OK place to live.    The real reality is that it's mostly medicore with mostly horrible dining.   We are capatives in this place - atleast 500 miles from nowhere.

footnotegirl
footnotegirl

Uh. 

This will all be very useful when summer really finally comes, I suppose. 

We had to turn our heat back on last night, and I'm currently nestled under a blanket. 

kennyX
kennyX

@East_Coast_Doug It just their sad attempt to make the Twin Cities something much bigger than it really is. Like you said, the Twin Cities is just OK. Nothing more, nothing less. I laugh when people say, "Well, the Twin Cities is 'almost' as big as Chicago." Um. No. 3.5 million vs. 10+ million. Chicago has apartment buildings taller than the IDS center. And yes, the dining does suck here. But oh, wait! We have the internationally renown culinary delight known as the Jucy Lucy. People from across the globe fly to the Twin Cities to feast on a hunk of Velveeta cheese sandwiched between 2 ground beef patties. And for the adventurous, you can ask for some sliced pickles to top your burger. Honestly, the Twin Cities is perhaps the most depressing "major" metro area in the country. Yeah, it can be fun during the 3 whole months of summer, but if you really think about it.....as the old saying goes....we truly are nothing more than a cold Omaha. And that isn't saying much. 

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