Creative Ways to Enjoy Minnesota’s Summer

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season

The Minnesota Summer Season Has Arrived

As the heat rages on, it can be tricky to find ways to stay cool this summer. But it can be done! Below are seven creative ways to enjoy the Minnesota summer season.

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
Lake Marion in Lakeville

Rent Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards

I love being by the water. It’s refreshing, especially when it’s super humid. I’ll take any opportunity I can to go kayaking, boating or swimming. I love kayaking so much that my husband and I bought two kayaks a few years ago. We rent a spot on a kayak rack so we can leave them there all season. I do, however, like to rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards at other lakes to experience new locations without having to drag our kayaks around Minnesota. A few great places to rent include:

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
Boom Island Brewery
Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
Imminent Brewery

Breweries with Outdoor Patios

We love checking out new breweries. I especially love getting a flight so I can sample multiple options. The good thing about breweries is that most have outdoor seating and patios, which I love. Some places require reservations so call ahead. It’s usually a great environment to bring kids too! Some of our favorite breweries with outdoor seating include:

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
My husband golfing with his friends

Go Golfing or Practice Your Swing at a Driving Range

There are tons of golf courses and driving ranges all over Minnesota. It’s a great way to be outdoors and get fresh air. My husband is an avid golfer and has played at many courses around Minnesota, and elsewhere. I’m a beginner and I practice my swing at driving ranges, like Chalet Golf, a driving range in Burnsville. It’s $8 for a small bucket and $10 for a large bucket.

Things to do explore Hastings Minnesota
Vermillion Falls Trail

Take a Hike Off the Beaten Path

Taking a hike is an obvious way to enjoy summer, but it can be tricky to find trails that aren’t crowded. There was even a period of time where it seemed like many hiking trails in rural Minnesota were crowded because everyone was heading away from the Twin Cities during the peak of the pandemic. There are three trails we have found to be consistently less populated. Keep in mind the day of the week and time of day you go plays a huge part.

Things to do in Minnesota
My sister at a drive-in movie with her dog, Henry

Check Out a Drive-In Movie

How cute are movie drive-ins? Bring a lawn chair and blanket, or stay in your car with the air conditioning on. Bring your own snacks and drinks and maybe even get a nice view of the stars. Some places even let you bring a grill to tailgate before the film begins.

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
Little Hill Berry Farm

Pick Strawberries and Blueberries

Depending on the month and what’s in season, you can pick a variety of fruits and vegetables. The strawberry season is ending soon, and then we will be in blueberry picking season. And of course apples in a few months. It’s a really fun and relaxing way to be outside.

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
Red Barn Farm

Have a Picnic at a Pizza Barn

Picnics in general are a fun way to be outside, but why not do it at a pizza farm! When we went to the Red Barn in Northfield, we brought our own chairs, blanket, wine and dessert. There are also horses and chickens and they encourage visitors to walk around and enjoy the property. The pizzas are prepared in a wood-fired oven and served piping hot!

I hope these ideas help you find creative ways to enjoy the Minnesota summer season! Minnesota is beautiful during all four seasons, and each one allows us to enjoy Minnesota in a fresh way.

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