Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. We always tell our kids “go play outside,” so they go ride their bikes or play baseball at the park, but that is not all that the outdoors have to offer! Minnesota has so many ways you can enjoy free family exploring!
This summer, make it a priority to spend at least one day outside with the kids doing something away from home. Whether it’s a hiking trip, a boating trip, or a local festival – take a day away from the house doing something different.
Here are just a few suggestions to get your creative juices rolling. And did I mention these are all FREE?! Your day trip does not need to cost a penny!
- Minnesota is a hot-spot for Farmers Markets, especially in the summer heat. Check out the Local Harvest website to view Farmers Market Events in your area!
- Looking for a new area to explore? Whether it is bike riding, walking, hiking, or just sightseeing, use this Trail Link website to search MN State Trails that you and the kids can go adventuring on.
- National Parks all over the nation offer Free Entrance Days on some U.S. Holidays throughout the year. See this schedule for some of the dates this year and plan your trips!
- Depending on your location in MN, there is likely to be a large multi-day festival in your area or somewhere within driving distance! Anything between car shows and music festivals, your family will be sure to thank you for checking out Explore Minnesota’s list of events that you can go to! With all of these events on the calendar, your children (and spouse) will never get bored this summer!
Between all of these outdoor options, there will always be some free family exploring to do this summer.
What are your favorite outdoor activities?