Free Things to do in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & Saint Paul) of Minnesota
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.
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.
Map of Free Things To Do In The Twin Cites
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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