If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for summer to get here. It’s almost like I can smell it on the horizon… Or maybe that’s the spring rains paving the way for summer to begin? Either way summer is almost here and I can’t wait!

Summer for this Minnesota girl means extended outdoor workouts and spending as much time as possible with the kids outside on summer day trips. Some of my favorite places to take the kids during the beautiful summer days include:

The Farmer’s Market

The perfect place to grab super fresh summer fruits and vegetables, check out handcrafted items from makers your area, and take time to stop and smell summertime blooms. I love that this fun experience can also be an educational opportunity for our kids to learn about locally grown produce and the importance of supporting community and local businesses.

If you are in the area, we have a great little farmer’s market that takes place outside of our store on Saturday mornings! Check out the info here.

To the Zoo

We’re pretty lucky to have access to so many great zoos in Minnesota which makes this an easy one to have on our list of favorite places. Even if your zoo is a bit of a drive, it’s definitely worth the experience with your kids.

The Lake

Or the ocean or the beach, whichever body of water is closest to you and your family is one of the best ways to have fun in the sun! Building sand castles, playing sand volleyball, teaching your little ones to swim, waterski- you name it, we’ve done it, and recommend it.

The Library

A great escape for those 90+ degree days when your little ones experience a bit of cabin fever but it’s too hot for an extended period of time in the sun. Not only will this trip act as the day’s adventure but it has the added bonus of keeping your kids learning outside of the classroom.

Fruit Picking

A fantastic learning experience paired with indulging in a love of summer fruits like berries and citrus, this activity is sure to delight mommies and their kids alike.


Experiencing nature is important for a child’s development and a great way to do this is by taking a morning hike. Your kids will get to explore the different plants, animals, bugs, trees, rocks and even leaves that are in your area. Plus, the exercise will help expel any of that extra energy they’re carrying around.

The State Fair

Our Minnesota State Fair is probably one of the best around (I know, we’re biased) and we love taking our kids for a long day of walking, playing games, riding the fair grounds rides and browsing shops.

Summer Fun Safety Reminders

Don’t forget that long days in the summer sun can take their toll on your kiddos. When out in the sun, especially for long periods of time, make sure to lather up with sunblock (even under your clothes), pack a ton of extra water, and grab our sweat-wicking headbands to help keep you cool and dry all day long.

Whatever your plans with your kids this summer, I hope you experience adventures that will make memories for a lifetime!