Free Things to do in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & Saint Paul) of Minnesota

Minneapolis MN
Minneapolis MN

Fun and Free in the Twin Cities!

There are many fun, free things to do in the Twin Cities. It includes everything from art exhibits, canoeing, sight-seeing, and hiking. All seasons have something to do as well.

Como Zoo and Conservatory Map
Como Zoo and Conservatory Map
Newcomers Handbook for Minneapolis Saint Paul (Newcomer's Handbooks)
Newcomers Handbook for Minneapolis Saint Paul (Newcomer's Handbooks)

This great book has everything that anyone visiting or living in the Twin Cites could possibly need.


Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

First on the list would be the Como Zoo. Both the Como Zoo and the Conservatory are connected. I love the Conservatory, especially during the cold winter months. It houses a huge variety of plants, with quite a large collection of tropical trees and other flora.

It is free. They do suggest a voluntary donation of $2 for an adult and $1 for a child to help them care for their plants and animals.

Open every day of the year.

Winter hours (October – March)
10am – 4pm

Summer hours (April – September)
10am – 6pm

Download a map of the Como area, in a PDF format.

Here is a link to for bus and train info. Also, a link to which is a great site bicyclists can use to find directions to the park.

Map of Free Things To Do In The Twin Cites

show route and directions
A markerWalker Art Center and Sculpture Garden -
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
[get directions]

B markerCinco de Mayo Parade -
Wabasha St S & Plato Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107, USA
[get directions]

C markerComo Park Zoo and Conservatory -
1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103, USA
[get directions]

D markerMinnesota State Capital Tour -
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155, USA
[get directions]

E markerMinnesota History Center -
345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
[get directions]

F markerCanoe and Kayaking Demos -
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
[get directions]

G markerMidwest Mountaineering Climbing Cave -
309 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
[get directions]

H markerMinneapolis Institute of Art -
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
[get directions]

I markerCathedral of St. Paul -
239 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
[get directions]

J markerThe Guthrie Theater -
818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
[get directions]

The Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is a modern art museum with galleries that go well beyond the usual array of sculptures and paintings offered at most traditional museums. The exhibit halls often host everything from photography to prints to multimedia art.

There are also special performances and events.

The locally-based Target corporation sponsors the Free Thursday Nights events at the Walker Art Center. Anyone can enter the museum between 5 and 9 p.m. on Thursday without having to pay an admission fee.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Admission free. Open daily, 6 am-midnight.
Cowles Conservatory: Admission free.

Cinco de Mayo

The Cinco de Mayo Parade takes place in St Paul Minnesota on Saturday, May 7 at 10am-12pm. Parade will begin at Plato & Wabasha (Holiday Station) and end at Ada & Cesar Chaves (Cozy Cantina)

Minnesota State Capital
Minnesota State Capital

State Capitol Tour

You can take a free guided tour of the Minnesota state capitol and learn quite a bit about Minnesota's government and history. Yes, it's true. The hourly tours are free!

The hours of the Minnesota State Capital Tours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 1, 2 or 3 p.m.

The St Paul Cathedral
The St Paul Cathedral

Visit Minneapolis and St. Paul Landmarks and Famous Places for Free

There are many Twin Cities landmarks that are free and open to the public. Here's a couple that are free to visit. Bring your camera!

The Guthrie Theater is a stunning building inside and out, for the glass floors, the intriguing spaces, and the wonderful Endless Bridge over the Mississippi River.

The St. Paul Cathedral is free to visit. There's a great view of St. Paul from the Cathedral's steps.

Minnesota History Center
Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is a really fun place. It is an interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits. In one of the exhibits you can even pretend your a piece of corn as the corn is ran through the various processes from the field to the dinner plate.

Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Also, it is always free for MHS members and children age 5 and under.

Normal hours are:

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday;
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday;
Closed Monday (open Monday holidays year round).

Canoe and Kayak Demos

If you want to get out on the water and have some free fun, check out the canoe and kayak demos. Pick a boat, grab a life jacket, and start paddling!

The free canoe and kayak demos are available thanks to Midwest Mountaineering.  Visit the link to find out when they happen.  Available only during the warm summer months.

Midwest Mountaineering Canoe and Kayak Demo
Midwest Mountaineering Canoe and Kayak Demo
Midwest Mountaineering Climbing Cave
Midwest Mountaineering Climbing Cave

Free Climbing Cave

You can try out your skills at climbing in Midwest Mountaineering's free climbing cave. They have a few feet of protective padding for you to land on.

It's great fun!

Minneapolis Institute of Art

At the always free Minneapolis Institute of Art you can see a huge selection of art that has been collected by the MIA.  The Minneapolis Institute of Arts really enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s many diverse cultures.

  • Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday Closed
  • The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and July 4.

The MIA also offers free Wi-fi in every gallery.

Free Bacon at the Triple Rock Social Club

Yep, you heard right! Free bacon!

At the Triple Rock Social Club you can enjoy free, tasty bacon on Free Bacon Wednesdays. Must be age 21+.

For directions click here.

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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Thanks for this info. My family and I visit the cities and do things every year. It is nice to know of these other free things. Certainly the baseball games are not free.

Keep on hubbing!

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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

Great info. Thanks for sharing!

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tamron 5 years ago

Well illustrated with photos and great information for someone who is trying to find out what they can do in the Midwest.

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

We get into Minneapolis a couple times a year. We are usually busy with friends and family but it is nice to know of these things in case we find the time.

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