14 Things to do in Minnesota This Spring

Spring is starting to show signs of returning to Minnesota. After a long winter, it’s time to get out there and enjoy your community again. Here are 14 things you should plan to do this spring in Minnesota.

 1. Visit the Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is great any time of the year, but in the spring it’s particularly enjoyable, as many of the animals will have new babies to see. There are typically quite a few babies at the Wells Fargo Family Farm within the zoo, including chicks, calves, kids, and baby bunnies. You’ll get close to nature without leaving the city, and enjoy some fresh spring baby animals at the same time.

Visit the Minnesota Zoo

2. Play Disc Golf

Minnesota has many fun and challenging disc golf locations throughout the state. While the golf setups are up year-round, in the spring you’ll find them a bit more enjoyable. This is a great time to play with less foliage on the ground and fewer kids out in the parks since they are all still in school. Find one near you, grab a Frisbee and some friends, and head out to play!

3. SpringCon

If you love comic books, you’ll want to get tickets to SpringCon. This convention is put on by the Midwest Comic Book Association and is hosted at the State Fair Grandstand. You’ll be able to see local comic book talent and explore 100,000 feet of comic book displays, vendors and more. Plus, cosplay is hot here, so you’ll even have the chance to dress up!

4. Go Fishing

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes (11,842 to be exact), so chances are there’s one near you. Grab a boat or your bag chair and head out to fish. Now that the ice has thawed, you will find the fishing quite enjoyable, and spring is when the pikes tend to cluster just waiting for something to nibble on.

Go Fishing in MN

5. Tour the Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is great year-round, but in the spring it’s particularly vibrant. When the honeysuckle and roses start to bloom on the trees and the bulbs start to push up through the ground, the Arboretum comes alive in brilliant color.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

6. Take a Paradise Charter Cruise

With all of the lakes in Minnesota, you probably aren’t surprised to know that there are great ways to cruise. Take a private cruise or jump on a public one to see Minnesota from another vantage point. If you live near Lake Minnetonka or the Mississippi, Paradise Charter Cruises is ready to assist you in enjoying a water-based excursion.


7. Catch a Twins Game

The Twins are ready to hit the field in spring, and now’s the time to get tickets. The team continues to be a popular one, so the longer you wait, the harder the tickets will be to find. Grab yours now, and enjoy the chance to see Minnesota’s boys battle for bragging rights in their amazing new stadium, Target Field.

8. Visit a Rooftop Bar

Many of the bars in Minnesota have rooftop lounges, but unfortunately these close during the long, cold winter. Now that spring is in the air, find your favorite and grab drinks with your friends while drinking in the amazing rooftop view. This is a scene best enjoyed in spring before the hot and humid summer weather sets in. Don’t have a rooftop nearby? Most likely your favorite establishment has a patio, so try that instead.

9. Take a Step Back in Time at RetroRama

The Minnesota Historical Society loves to look back at the past, and RetroRama is a chance to do just that. Every spring the Historical Society teams up with designers to recreate some of the fashion trends of past decades. This fashion show is a fun look back at the fashions of the past. As an added bonus, you can don your favorite fashion and strut the runway too!

10. Taste Some Maple Syrup

Spring is the ideal time to tap maple trees, and the Minnesota State Parks and nature centers throughout the state make the most of this by hosting maple syrup tapping events and pancake breakfasts. Find one near you and enjoy the taste of fresh-from-the-tree maple syrup!

11.See the Apple Blooms

Have you ever driven the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive? Make this the year that you do, and you won’t be disappointed the 17-mile stretch of road takes you through La Crescent and Nodine and past some of the best apple orchards in the state. When they are in full bloom, it’s a site to behold.

12.Go Birding

Minnesota’s colorful feathered friends are going to start making their trip back after their sunny winters. The Mississippi River is one of the best spots to do some spring birding. Frontenac State Park and Park Point are two great places to set up watch as the birds come flocking back home.

13. Hit the Mall of America

If it’s not quite warm enough to go outside, you’ll find plenty of adventure in the Mall of America. Make spring the time you rediscover this Minnesota wonder for your family.

14. Visit Minnehaha Falls

Finally, make plans to visit Minnehaha Falls in the spring. This is when the falls are at their strongest. Once the summer hits, the water will start to recede, so take this chance while you can.

As you can see, spring is a great time to live in Minnesota. Make plans for one of these fun and interesting activities to see Minnesota in all of its spring glory.