As the largest city in Minnesota, Minneapolis has much to offer every visitor. If you’re planning a trip to this Twin City, keep reading for some tips on how to get the best deals during your stay.
Visit During Winter
While summers in Minneapolis offer warm sunshine and temperatures averaging 80 degrees, this is also the time of year when hotels have the highest rates. However, if you truly want the most affordable hotels in Minneapolis and you can handle the snow, book a trip to the city in the winter. While the area sees around 40 inches of snow every year, the city does a good job of keeping the streets and sidewalks clear. Plus, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy even if you can’t spend much time outside.
Take Advantage of a Free Museum
If you’ve come to Minneapolis for a little culture and learning, there are no better places to explore than some of the area’s museums. There are many museums around the city that offer free admission, either on specific days or year round — such as The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which is just slightly south of Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The museum houses around 100,000 objects of art ranging from prehistoric to modern times and some of the most popular exhibits include the Native American and Asian art collections.
Another popular museum in the city is the Bell Museum of Natural History. Here, you can explore a living rainforest, see the gallery, and look at dioramas replicating many habitats around Minnesota. Plus, visitors on Sunday can enter the museum for free.
Spend the Day at the Beach
While many people don’t picture Minneapolis as a place for a beach getaway, the diverse lakes around the city are the perfect spot to enjoy some sun, sand, and water. The city has 12 beaches in its park system that, along with the opportunity to swim and sunbathe, also include amenities like playgrounds, bike paths, walking paths, picnic areas, and volleyball courts. Most of the beaches have lifeguards on duty and Lake Nokomis Main Beach offers an open swim area outside of the buoys for adults.
Enjoy Free Beer
If you work up a thirst while having fun exploring Minneapolis, you can take advantage of free beer samples at breweries around the city. Surly Brewing Company offers free tours and allows you to sample a few of their seasonal, special, and regular beers. Or, if you happen to be visiting on St. Patrick’s Day, head on over to Nomad World Pub to enjoy free beer. However, make sure you empty your bladder before you go because the free beer will only last until someone gets up to use the bathroom.
If you’re interested in learning more about planning a trip to the area make sure you read the guide on Minneapolis on Hipmunk’s Hotels in Minneapolis page. Also, please share your favorite tips for getting the best deals in the city in the comments below.
Author Bio: Kristen McCalla is a Hipmunk writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country.