The Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Twin Cities

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Summer in Minnesota has arrived and this is your Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a Park Finder with nearly 150 local parks, a Waterpark guide with over 85 spots to cool off, Summer projects to do with your kids, area outings, guides to area lakes, local restaurant guides and so much more. Pin it now and use it all Summer long and be sure to share it with your friends. Let’s all live these warm Summer months to their fullest!

How to use this guide:

Each image leads to either a full guide and list of local spots you’ll want to hit, or to an article with details on a summer outing or activity for you or your kids. Click on each image to find more info. Happy Summer!

The Twin Cities is known for a great park system and with nearly 150 listings, our Twin Cities Park Guide will keep you busy all summer. Each listing has a map within it so you’ll be able to access and find each park on the go while you’re already out and about.


It’s FINALLY time to get out and play in the water! We have a jam packed guide to waterparks, splash pads, beaches and pools for you right here. Find that guide and be sure to share it with your friends!


Eating out with your kids doesn’t have to be painful – there are plenty of local spots you can hit that make it a fun experience. Check out our list of favorite local eateries to hit as a family and a few tips for what to pack in your diaper bag for your littlest ones.

Twin Cities Kid-Friendly Restaurants | Twin Cities Moms Blog
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Ice cream is made for Summer and we have a few favorite local shops that you must try before the end of the season!

Ice Cream Guide

Local donut shops are an experience all in themselves and we have plenty to choose from in the metro area. National Donut Day is June 3rd too, so plan your route!


Moms need coffee and we love the local shops in the area. In the name of local, you should probably try a new one each week, right?

National Coffee Day

We’re thrilled that summer is here, but rainy days are bound to happen. Use these guides and ideas to keep your kids entertained when you can’t be outside.

Indoor Play Area Guide

Our Indoor Play Area is jam packed with indoor playground, indoor waterparks, coffee shops and so much more. For those rainy days or the summer days when you just need a chance of scene.

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Explore the Mall of America:

Grab the printable, head over to the Mall of America and have your kids do our Scavenger Hunt!

Coffee shops with play areas:

Moms and coffee simply go together, and even better when the coffee shop is kid-friendly with a play area – check out one of these great local spots on a rainy day.


Take a trip to the Midtown Global Market:

The Midtown Global Market is an international themed public market with a cheery, funky vibe. Nowhere else can you travel the world without actually leaving. Here you can go from Latin America to Africa to the Middle East and get a big ol’ American Burger and apple pie, all under one roof. Read more on why you should tuck this one away for a rainy day:


Explore Local Pizza Farms

Local pizza farms are such a fun way to spend a summer evening. These are worth the trip to make some amazing Summer memories!

Family Day Trip to Taylor's Falls

The Taylors Falls area is a great destination and the best part, it is less than an hour away!  Here are one mom’s favorite family activities to do near Taylors Falls.

A Mom's guide to Lowertown St. Paul:

There are so many fun neighborhoods in the Twin Cities! Check out one mom’s guides for having fun with your kids in Lowertown St. Paul.

Explore Stillwater

Stillwater is a little town that has so much to offer. Right on the river with boutiques, restaurants and antique shops – there’s more than enough to fill a morning or a full day for a fun Summer outing.

Summer Adventure Notebooks

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Have your kids chronicle their summer and the adventures they go on with Summer Adventure Notebooks – check out the how-to here.

You might think that Summer is full of endless ideas for you to keep your kids busy, but those words “I’m bored” always pop up much sooner than you’d expect. Use this list when you need something fresh to do with the kids.


How about a Summer Treasure Box? The Treasure Box can be a shoe box, a picnic basket, or any old box that you decorate together. Hide the Treasure Box somewhere to surprise your kids – either place it at the breakfast table the night before, or develop a tradition of hiding it somewhere around your house. Read more here:

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Try these activities to keep your kids entertained indoors:

Get them involved in the kitchen:

Make homemade play dough:


Use popsicle sticks for choosing activities:

A comprehensive guide to Farmers’ Markets in the Twin Cities metro area!


A handful of our favorite local farms with a variety of berries and other produce to pick:


Land of 10,000 Lakes, but how do you choose which to explore first? We’ve pulled together the best activities to do at a handful of our favorite Twin Cities lakes, including the best lakeside restaurants for you to try out.

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Airport Viewing Area at MSP

Did you know there’s a dedicated area at MSP airport to park your car and watch the airplanes? Read more about it and pack a picnic for a fun and easy outing.

Take a trip to Mill City Museum:

Mill City Museum is a great spot for your kids (and you!) to learn the history of the flour mills and the river area in Minneapolis.

Go on a Picnic:

We’ve got a list of 8 essentials for the perfect picnic and this is the best time of year to eat outside!

Twin Cities Moms Blog Summer Events!

We have six events for you and your kids this summer – our Second Annual Summer Park Hop around the Twin Cities, and our First Annual Family Fun Day – a morning of fun for you and your kids!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page regularly for Event updates – we have a LOT in store for the Fall as well!

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Get outside and explore the best parks and meet new friends during our Summer Park Hop Series sponsored by Jesse Bergland of Northwestern Mutual! Events will kick off June 16th at the new Central Park in Maple Grove and will end on August 2nd at Oak Hill Park and Splash Pad. There are five park hops in total, ALL FREE and each with their own unique theme. Details coming soon!

Before each event, we will have updated and detailed information about the Park Hop, including a link to RSVP through our Facebook page! We’ll see you at the park!


We are so excited to announce our First Annual Family Fun Day Event, presented by Minnehaha Academy and The Urgency Room! Join us on Saturday, August 6 for a morning of family fun. What sets apart our family event from others in the Twin Cities is:
1. We limit the number of attendees to avoid long lines and overcrowding, ensuring a great experience for you and your family as you enjoy all the fun!
2. Our events are all inclusive. If you’ve purchased a ticket, you will not spend a dime once you enter the event! All activities, a full lunch, goody bags and more are included in the ticket price.
RSVP on our Event Page!

Join us at one of the three Wine, Women & Baseball events with the Minnesota Twins this year – you deserve a night out and we’d love for you to spend it with us! Read more here:

Minnesota Twins: Wine, Women & Baseball | Twin Cities Moms Blog

The Twin Cities is full of fun events, but in Summer it gets even better with festivals and outdoor activities. Check out our June events guide for what’s happening at the beginning of the Summer, and stay tuned for our monthly events as they come in July and August.


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