Now that spring has finally sprung in Minnesota, celebrate the season with your family for less with one of these inexpensive activities.
Outward Bound: Since the weather is slowly starting to cooperate, get your family into the great outdoors at one of the nature centers around the Twin Cities. For example, head over to the Maplewood Nature Center this Saturday, March 30th from 1 to 4 PM for their Spring Open House. The event is free, and open to nature lovers of all ages. Activities depend on the weather.
Maplewood Nature Center
If you're looking for an Easter Egg hunt this weekend, look to your local nature center. Hyland Lake Park Reserve's Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington hosts their Egg Trail and Rabbit Habit hike on Friday, March 29th from 9:30 to 12:30. For a mere $5, enjoy hunting for eggs, crafting, and a tasty treat. Pre-registration is required, so call today. Or check out the Spring Fling at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley this Saturday. Tickets are just $6 at the gate, and activities include a petting zoo.
Springbrook Nature Center
Explore the City: You can enjoy important Twin Cities landmarks without spending a ton of money. For example, you and your family can tour the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul for free (although a $5 donation per person is recommended). Guided tours run hourly at the Capitol, and include a walk to the roof of the building to see the golden horses (weather permitting).
Minnesota State Capitol
Enjoy free outdoor art at the Sculpture Gardens in Minneapolis. The Gardens are open daily from 6 AM to Midnight, and the Cowles Conservatory is open Tuesday through Sunday, also for free.
Walker Art Center
For more free art, head indoors to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, open Tuesday through Sunday. The Institute provides a Family Center on the first floor, where your family can rest, enjoy a snack and quiet reading time.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Travel For Less: According to folks at Explore Minnesota.com, the Marriott Residence Inn on 494 and France is running a fabulous Spring Break Getaway deal this weekend, from March 28th through the 31st. Book a room this weekend for just $64.95, and you'll be just 4 miles from the Mall of America, with free shuttle service to and from the hotel. Plus, the hotel has an indoor pool and free breakfast buffet.
Marriott Residence Inn
If you want to leave the Cities and head north, check out the Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn. They are offering a weekday special now through April 28th. Book a room Sunday through Thursday for just $41.99 per night – half off their regular room rate! Spirit Mountain is just minutes from downtown Duluth and Superior, they offer a free breakfast bar and WIFI, plus an indoor pool – perfect for a family spring break trip.
Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn