Fun things to do this summer with kids in the twin cities!
Everything under the sun you need to know about family fun this summer is packed into our 2022 Twin Cities Ultimate Guide to Summer. Beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer in the way of parks, swimming spots, bike trails, community events and summer festivals.
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Grab some summer activity ideas with our Twin Cities summer events bucket list!
Our traditional summer bucket list is absolutely packed with ideas to have fun with your kids out and around the Minneapolis-St Paul (Twin Cities) metro area. It also includes boredom-buster ideas you can pull off right at home or in your backyard. Let the summer fun begin!
Twin Cities Water Fun: Swimming Pools, Beaches, Waterparks & Splash pads
As the line between late spring and early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to find a new splash spot in the Twin Cities. Look no further for a round up of beaches, wading pools, waterparks and other places to cool off this summer.
The best twin cities parks & Playgrounds
Discover a new outdoor play space from over 700 entries in our Twin Cities Parks Search tool! Looking for specifics like a beach & playground, a bike trail or the perfect spot to pitch a tent? Search by all of these amenities and more – even by city or region of the Twin Cities Metro. Plus, find park hours, fees, directions, pictures and other extras.
Twin Cities Ultimate Summer Festivals for families
Summer is full to bursting with family festivals and community parades. Take notes with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cities.
Ultimate Summer Sports & Games for Kids - Outdoor activities
Be active outdoors with your family this summer! We have the scoop on the best places to mini golf, disc golf, try fishing, and ride your bike.
FREE SUMMER COMMUNITY EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Keep the family busy all summer long with free movies, music, puppets and other programming in the parks. We separate these lists by region of the Twin Cities Metro so it’s easy to find the fun in your own backyard.
- Find our complete listing of FREE SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARKS.
- Search by things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul
- Search by things to do in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro
- Search by things to do in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro
- Search by things to do in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro
- Search by things to do in the Twin Cities Southwest Metro
Outdoor summer dining in the Twin Cities with kids
Somehow, we think food just tastes better outdoors. Summer is perfect to throw together impromptu picnics and explore a new park, order a double scoop of ice cream, or pick a kid-friendly for an outdoor meal. Here’s what we recommend for relaxed summer dining out: