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Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

This May Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of May 28-30, 2022 – Memorial Day Weekend! To find our most recent guide, click here. For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our MAY FAMILY EVENTS GUIDE , our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.

Things to do in the Twin Cities over memorial day weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is May 28-30, 2022. Sticking around town for the holiday? We’ve got some weekend suggestions that are sure to be memorable.

Fun OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES in the Parks This Weekend

Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro.



Story Trail at Thompson County Park

360 Butler Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118
Walk at your own pace around Thompson Lake while reading picture book pages displayed along the trail. Do NOT miss the brand-new inclusive playground! May 27-30, 2022.

Kids to Parks Trail Day at Terrace Oaks West Park

12700-12750 Co Rd 11, Burnsville, MN 55337
Learn about the park’s natural resources with a scavenger hunt, nature activities and DIY stations along the trail. Explore the nature play area and enjoy music and refreshments. May 28, 9am-1pm. FREE. FIND MORE OF THE BEST TWIN CITIES NATURE PLAYGROUNDS!

Visit a new Twin Cities Nature Center

Nature and outdoor interpretive centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. Find our complete listing of TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS.



Join naturalists for free, drop-in and kid-friendly programming at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK (Brooklyn Park) and RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington). Explore the indoor exhibits while you’re at it. No reservations needed. May 29, 2022. 1-3pm. FREE.

Village Sampler Guided Tour at the Landing

2187 County Rd 101, Shakopee, MN 55379
Explore what life was like in the late 1800s through a tour of this re-created village on the river. May 28-30, 2022. $5/pp, reservations recommended. Tours between 10am-3pm.

Minneapolis Music in the Parks

Another great summer season of outdoor tunes at the LAKE HARRIET BANDSHELL starts Memorial Day! Pick a food truck for dinner or pack a picnic. Kids will enjoy the playground only steps from the bandshell. See the link for the entire summer lineup of movies & music in the parks. May 30, 5-9pm. FREE.

more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids

Outdoor Swimming – Beaches, Pools & Water Fun Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2022

Spend the holiday weekend at the beach! Several are open for the business of swimming, splashing and FUN starting Memorial Day Weekend:




  • JIM LUPIENT WATER PARK Water slides, zero-depth entry, spray zones and activities. $3-$5/pp. 1520 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC BEACHES – 12 locations within 6 parks for FREE swimming!
  • MINNEAPOLIS WADING POOLSwith the exception of pools adjacent to public school sites. See our fantastic list of free Minneapolis wading pools, the perfect spot to take tots for a swim this summer! Open daily, 10am-9pm.  
  • NORTH COMMONS WATER PARK $3-$5/pp. 1701 Golden Valley Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • WEBBER NATURAL SWIMMING POOL – a free public swimming pool filtered naturally rather than with chemicals. 4300 Webber Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55412.

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events


Beaches open sunrise to sunset (park hours). Lifeguards on duty 12-8pm starting early June. Find more information on the Ramsey County beaches information page.

Three Rivers Park District Beaches & swimming


Washington County Beaches are open 9am-8pm. A $7 vehicle permit is required w/ the exception of Point Douglas Beach. Each first Tuesday of the month is FREE entry day!

Memorial Day weekend living history programs

Gideon Pond House Living History Open House

401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Drop by for free living history activities, a new theme each weekend – Memorial Day weekend, make your own pioneer toy. May 28, 1-4pm. FREE; donations appreciated.

Gibbs Farm Tours 

2097 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
Tours of the Gibbs Farmhouse, one-room schoolhouse, Dakota Bark Lodge and Tipi will be offered every hour on the hour beginning Memorial Day Weekend. May 28, 2022, 10am-4pm. $5-$8/pp.

Historic Fort Snelling Tours

200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111
May 28-30, 2022, 10am-5pm. $8-$12/pp.

Sibley Historic Site Tours 

1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota Heights, MN 55120
The historic site re-opens Saturday, May 28. Discover the historic trading post nestled in one of Minnesota’s first settlements. One-hour tours kick off from 1-4pm. $5-$7/pp.

Sibley Historic Site

More attractions opening Memorial day weekend

Centennial Lakes Park Attractions

7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Attractions open Memorial Day Weekend include the park’s lawn bowling, paddle boats, ($20/45
min) and the putting course (they call it “golf in miniature”. $10/18 holes). Plus, you might get lucky and spot a member of the Edina Model Yacht club!


Explore your city parks by surrey, chopper, canoe, paddleboard and more. Rentals are open at the following locations Memorial Day Weekend (please visit the website for hours):

  • Bde Maka Ska
  • Lake Como
  • Lake Harriet
  • Lake Nokomkis
  • Minnehaha Falls
  • Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield

Twin cities memorial day programs

Memorial Day with Lakewood Cemetery 

3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Enjoy live music and create custom postcards. There will be guided tours of the cemetery offered. May 30, 2022, 10am-2pm, FREE.

More ideas for memorial day weekend

  1. Stroll through a cemetery. 
  2. Give thanks for those who have gone before. 
  3. Pick up some take out and have a special picnic. 
  4. Take a boat ride or a drive along the shore of a lake.
  5. Go Fishing – see our list of the best fishing holes for families at the link.
  6. Visit a Twin Cities Park with a Dedicated Memorial

more free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities

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