May is the month to celebrate your friends! With Best Friend Day in the middle of the month, it’s about time you get together with your bestie for some fun. Instead of the same old coffee shop date, do something a little more active and exciting this month. Minnesota is full of great things to do and fun activities for groups or just some locals looking to try something different. Make a day of something fun and maybe learn something new about Minnesota that you may not have known. Try some of these hidden gem suggestions for a great afternoon or evening with your friend.
Catch A Baseball Game
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Spending the afternoon downtown to watch the Minnesota Twins play ball is an exciting and fun way to spend time with your friends. Target Field is a beautiful ballpark, located in the perfect place to see the city skyline while you enjoy some great baseball. Wander around the park, grab a hotdog, or try to catch a foul ball. Even if you are not the biggest Twins fan, the sunshine and energy of the crowd is contagious. Twins home games are always a great option for something to do.
408 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
A new and unique concept in Duluth is the interactive “puzzle room”. A group of players are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to solve a puzzle and figure a way out. Groups of friends are invited to try and solve the puzzle, which rotates every couple months. Meet new people and have a blast trying to figure out the answer to the mystery before the clock runs out. You and your friend will really need to use cach other’s individual talents to make it out on time. The current scenario is an attempt to get out of a locked cabin before it gets demolished.
Science Museum Of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
How long has it been since you checked out the Minnesota Science Museum? I thought so! Every time you go, there something new and cool to learn about inside the massive building. Play mini-golf on the first floor or just wander around this hands-on museum for adults and children. Check out the special exhibits or learn more about something you may have overlooked the last time you were there. The giant Omnitheatre is also a really cool option to do. Stay for a cup of coffee or lunch in their cafe and make an entire day of it.
The Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
The Zoo is not just for kids. Enjoy being outside this summer at the Minnesota Zoo while you learn something about a favorite animal or discover a species of fish you may never have heard of before. The Minnesota Zoo is always upgrading and creating new exhibits to keep it interesting. Look at the happy animals and stop for lunch at the zoo cafe. There is also a picnic area if you want to pack your own lunch and some shows you can catch if you get there at the right time. Not interested in the animals? Check out an evening concert at the amphitheater, one of the best places to see a show.
Biking The Mesabi Trail
111 Station 44 Rd.
Eveleth, MN 55734
Looking for a more active date idea? Take an entire day or weekend to explore the Mesabi Trail in northern Minnesota. The 132-mile paved trail runs through the historic iron range and surprises bikers and hikers with fantastic views of nature and some of the most untouched land in the midwest. Pick a town to enter the trail and explore or carefully map out a route for your trip. Trail towns offer fun shops and cafes along the trail to help bikers keep their energy up. Enjoy a lesser traveled part of Minnesota with your bestie.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.