We are about to step out into a summer of unprecedented new social behaviors and distancing guidelines. Under COVID-19 restrictions, finding fun activities in the Twin Cities may pose some unique challenges.
As hardy and creative Minnesotans, though, we can persevere to find fun in unexpected ways throughout the summer. There are ways to fill your summer with fun and enjoyment safely.
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Physical distancing guidelines are likely to evolve as the months progress. But it’s good to keep a few essential safety tips in mind as you start to go out and about.
- Keep a mask with you, and use it in public spaces. State and federal guidelines tell us that wearing masks in public can help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. Facial coverings reduce the amount of germ-carrying droplets in the air. Wearing a mask is courteous to others more than anything. When worn correctly, this cover helps you keep your droplets to yourself. And, Minnesotans are nothing if not polite!
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Of course, if you have symptoms and don’t feel well, save your outings for another time. But, do read on so that you can plan your summer field trips for when you’re feeling better.
- Leave some space. As restrictions lift around meeting in groups, you’ll want to enjoy your friends and family again. However, try to maintain distance between yourselves, and be outside as much as possible.
Fun Activities In the Twin Cities
When the weather warms, and you’re eager to leave the confines of your home, the great outdoors beckons. Here are four ways to have fun around town.
1. Head to Hidden Falls
Check out Hidden Falls Regional Park if you like to hike, feel the sand between your toes, and wade in the cool waters of the Mississippi River. This St. Paul park sits on the East bank of the river, near Cleveland Ave S.
You can explore woodsy trails leading to waterfalls, or walk the beach area right on the river. The park trailhead has ample parking and a boat landing.
This park makes an excellent backdrop for family photos. It also offers many peaceful rest stops for picnics, a game of frisbee, or skipping rocks across the water.
2. Take a Downtown Hike or Bike Ride
If you live in the Twin Cities, you likely are comfortable in either Minneapolis or St. Paul, but not both. Get out and walk or bike the downtown area that you know the least for a change of scenery. Both city centers have plenty to enjoy. They boast gorgeous river landscapes, excellent food options, shops, and activities.
Downtown Minneapolis features the Mill District, Gold Medal Park, and the West River Parkway trail. Walk or take a bike ride across the famous Stone Arch Bridge for a fun outing with your family. You can snap a few shots of the powerful falls and fascinating river locks.
The West River Parkway is a special trail on foot or bike. You can travel to the river, through some lovely scenery, and back up a steep hill out of the basin. If you head south on the parkway, you can jump on the Midtown Greenway and head east or west to explore other areas of town.
In St. Paul, you can also walk the river’s edge. View the change in landscape from river basin to hills and cliffs on both shores. Rice Park in downtown St. Paul is a favorite meetup spot in the heart of the concrete jungle.
Harriet Island Park is a vast green space with plenty of trails to explore. It also has fields for kite-flying, games of catch, or pick-up soccer with your friends.
3. Hit the Links
Residents here are lucky to have so many outdoor recreation options. Golfing is one of the most fun activities in the Twin Cities. You can hang out with your friends, enjoy some beverages, and play a fun game at the same time.
Some of the best local public courses include:
- Theo Wirth Golf Course - Golden Valley, MN
- Centerbrook Golf Course - Brooklyn Center, MN
- Como Park Golf Course - St. Paul, MN
- National Highland Golf Course - St. Paul, MN
- New Hope Village Golf Course - New Hope MN
If you’ve never hit the links before, this summer is the perfect time to try something new. Most public courses offer group and private lessons. And many offer equipment rental, even for lefties. You can try your hand a few times before committing to any sizable equipment purchases.
4. Lakes, Lakes, Lakes
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, you are never far from a body of water. The regional lakes in the Twin Cities offer boating, swimming, fishing, and other water sport options in abundance.
You can rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboat on Lake Bde Maka Ska in Uptown, Minneapolis. Or, try out one of the many swimming beaches on Medicine Lake or Lake McCarrons County Park.
Of course, social distancing regulations may differ across regional parks. So be sure to check the necessary websites for opening dates, distancing guidelines, or other impacts of COVID-19.
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