October in Minnesota

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October in Minnesota

Post by bertilak » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:28 pm

We are planning to visit my daughter in Minnesota 2nd week of October.

Any ideas of little adventures we could go on?

Things we have already done the last couple of times we were there:
  • Mall of America, including the huge aquarium
    Fort Snelling
    Model Railroad Museum
    Science Museum of Minnesota
    University of Minnesota Raptor Center
    Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (if this is the place with a botanical garden and a zoo)
    I'm sure I am forgetting some things!
We enjoyed them all. Now looking to expand our horizons.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Eagle33 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:18 pm

Take the bus tour of the twin cities. It was interesting to hear some of the history.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Mndiver » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:34 pm

Anything you can possibly do outside. If I could live the rest of my days as Minnesota October I would do it in a heartbeat.

TC Marathon- Find a nice spot between Saint Paul and Minneapolis and cheer on 10,000 runners.
Saint Paul Riverwalk off of Shepard Road
Light rail brewery tour
Local high school football game
Fishing trip to northern MN to slay monster walleye during the slow, but incredibly productive, season.

Just a few ideas.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by MNGopher » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:39 pm

October is a great time to visit the north shore of Lake Superior. Cooler weather, the leaves are changing colors, bugs are dead. Great hiking conditions.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:39 pm

bertilak wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:28 pm
We are planning to visit my daughter in Minnesota 2nd week of October.

Any ideas of little adventures we could go on?

Things we have already done the last couple of times we were there:
  • Mall of America, including the huge aquarium
    Fort Snelling
    Model Railroad Museum
    Science Museum of Minnesota
    University of Minnesota Raptor Center
    Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (if this is the place with a botanical garden and a zoo)
    I'm sure I am forgetting some things!
We enjoyed them all. Now looking to expand our horizons.
Day trip to WINONA (edited for correction) . Lovely small art museum on the river. Beautiful area. ( Minnesota Marine Art Museum)
Red Wing / Frontenac State Park on Lake Pepin is beautiful with River Bluffs and trails.
Duluth on Lake Superior.
Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen.
Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Walk on the River roads on either side of Mississippi Minneapolis or St Paul.
Landmark Center in Downtown St Paul.
Minnesota Orchestra.
Ordway in St Paul.
Lots of hiking in many areas.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:43 pm

Mndiver wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:34 pm
Anything you can possibly do outside. If I could live the rest of my days as Minnesota October I would do it in a heartbeat.
I live in the Twin Cities and late September into October is my favorite time of year. Only downside is I know the darkness of winter will be following.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Nicolas » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:00 pm

Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Falls Regional Park is pretty. Longfellow immortalized it in his “Song of Hiawatha”. 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by abner kravitz » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 pm

No trip to Minneapolis is complete for me without a visit to Manny's Steakhouse.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Eagle33 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:12 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:00 pm
Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Falls Regional Park is pretty. Longfellow immortalized it in his “Song of Hiawatha”. 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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This is one of the few stops on the city bus tour.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by investor4life » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:25 pm

If you like sports, both the Gopher football team and the Vikings are home that weekend (vs. Nebraska and the Eagles, respectively). And who knows maybe the Twins will be in the playoffs and at home...

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Nicolas » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:54 pm

Visit the Walker Art Center, 170 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, if you like contemporary art, or take in a performance at the Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St, Mpls.

The American Swedish Institute makes for an interesting afternoon, 2600 Park Ave, Mpls. —>
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Jazzysoon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:05 pm

+1 for the North Shore along Lake Superior, especially if you can hit the Fall Colours. Also, Stillwater, one of MN oldest towns rich with logging history is just 30min from St Paul/Mpls along beautiful St Croix River. Hudson is also a nice river town. If you have an afternoon for a drive, head south to Prescott, take Hwy 35 on Wis Side along Mississippi, (spectacular Views the whole drive) head down through small towns Stockholm/Pepin/Nelson along the coulee's created by the glaciers, cross river at Nelson/Wabasha then head back up MN side to Lake City, Red Wing then Twin Cities.
If you are active, there are lots of State Parks with lovely hikes, Afton State Park by St Croix River is lovely. Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wi has spectacular waterfall.

Also in Stillwater there are a lot of large paddleboats where you can go out for few hours ride/lunch, didn't use to be too expensive and nice ride on St Croix, esp if fall colors are peak.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Nicolas » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:11 pm

View the skyline from the outdoor observation deck of the Art Deco Foshay Tower, tallest building in Mpls until the IDS Center supplanted it in ‘72. https://www.exploreminnesota.com/things ... tion-deck/ ImageImage
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Fallible » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:17 pm

All of the above, and the Guthrie play for October is "The Glass Menagerie":

https://www.guthrietheater.org/shows-an ... menagerie/
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by lostdog » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:59 am

Skip Minnesota and come to Wisconsin. Way better in every category.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by bertilak » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:23 am

lostdog wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:59 am
Skip Minnesota and come to Wisconsin. Way better in every category.
Except I have no daughter in Wisconsin! Perhaps I can mail order some cheese.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by lostdog » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:24 am

bertilak wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:23 am
lostdog wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:59 am
Skip Minnesota and come to Wisconsin. Way better in every category.
Except I have no daughter in Wisconsin! Perhaps I can mail order some cheese.
And beer :sharebeer

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by bertilak » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:29 am

Fallible wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:17 pm
All of the above ...
Looks like I'll need more than one visit!

Thanks everybody. I'm sure we'll be able to keep busy!
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by MRMN » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:55 am

100% agreed on watching the TC Marathon. I ran it in 2013, it's a fantastic race, tons of spectators and activities for everyone.
Go skiing at Buck Hill on the Neveplast. Literally skiing on plastic turf, no snow required.
Surly Brewery
Find a rooftop in Uptown
Children's Museum -- if you have any grandkids/nieces/nephews 8 or under
TopGolf is cool, but everywhere
Valleyfair is a good amusement park, weather/season dependent
Check concert calendar at First Ave
There's great golf in the Twin Cities, if weather permits

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by alex_686 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:09 am

Skip the Mall if America. The Duluth aquarium is much better.

If you have grandkids, add the Bell museum to the Mill city museum.

I am not sure if I would do Minnehaha Falls, but if you do eat at Sea Salt. Then go on a bike ride to the Mississippi, Ft Snelling, and the wild life conservatory just south of the Ft and the interstate. Maybe add Cold Water Springs and a picnic.
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Dottie57 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:11 pm

lostdog wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:59 am
Skip Minnesota and come to Wisconsin. Way better in every category.
Nope!

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by PalmQueen » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:16 pm

A few more to add to your options -

The new US Bank Stadium (Home of the MN Vikings) offers public tours.
You need to make a reservation online in advance:
https://www.usbankstadium.com/tours

There's nothing better than Big 10 football in an outdoor stadium on a crisp fall day:
Good timing on your part - there's a home game!
https://gophersports.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=351

Prince's home/studio/performance center offers public tours.
You need to buy tickets in advance:
https://tickets.officialpaisleypark.com/

The Minnesota Capitol building is recently renovated and is open to the public and they also have tours:
https://www.mnhs.org/capitol


There's no place better in October than Minnesota!
Enjoy!
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by vitaflo » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:20 pm

I agree with those who said do outdoor activities. There is no better time to be outdoors in MN than Sept/Oct. Especially in outstate MN, most notably the North Shore.

Wait until the next time you visit when it's hot/humid or cold/snowy to do the indoor activities. Stay outside!

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by atfelt » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:32 pm

Really good suggestions from the previous posters. A couple of other fun activities, depending on your interests:

- Mountain Biking (ideally) or Hiking (secondary) in Crosby, MN at the site of the re purposed Cuyuna Range iron mines. Really neat, almost surreal landscape with the iron oxide colored soil and crystal clear lakes. Fall is a fun time to ride & hike.
- On your way to Crosby/Cuyuna perhaps stop and do a fishing launch on Lake Mille Lacs.
- Rent bikes and ride the Gateway Trail from one of the St. Paul trailheads heading northeast. You can enjoy a light sandwich/beverage at the Gateway Trailside food truck. Alternatively, if you want a taste of Deutschland in MN stop for some German beer/food at Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, also off of a spur of the Gateway trail. (biking back might be a little tough if you go too heavy on the cabbage :shock: )
- Carpenter Nature Center in the East Metro can have some nice fall colors and hikes, with great views of the Lake St Croix.
- I would reiterate the North Shore - although it has been said many times already.

It is nice to see suggestions that others have, many of which I have yet to try :)

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by snailderby » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:02 pm

+1 for the North Shore if you have time to go up north.

There's also Stillwater or Taylor Falls / St. Croix on the Minnesota / Wisconsin border.

Inside the Twin Cities, there are also many nice biking / skating trails. I've enjoyed skating the West River Parkway and the Midtown Greenway, just to name a few. Along the way, you can stop for lunch at the Midtown Global Market, and, if the weather is still warm enough in October, rent a canoe and go out for an hour or two on Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska. Maybe get ice cream at Izzie's or Sebastian Joe's too!
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Doom&Gloom » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:38 pm

Another vote for the North Shore.

We took a meandering across-the-state drive to visit the headwaters of the Mississippi River. We found it interesting and very isolated, but it appeared to be well out of the way for doing anything else.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by UBP » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:09 pm

Go watch the Gophers lose to Nebraska and the Vikings lose to the Eagles. Both stadiums are great and have excellent bars/restaurants nearby.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Sconie » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:28 pm

lostdog wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:59 am
Skip Minnesota and come to Wisconsin. Way better in every category.
Go Badgers!! :sharebeer
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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Glockenspiel » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:58 pm

Mill City Museum - great history lesson of the City of Minneapolis
Minnehaha Falls
I'd hit up one of the local state parks. The fall colors should be gorgeous that time of year. St. Croix, William O'Brien, Interstate, and Wild River are all relatively close to the east side of the Twin Cities and will be beautiful.
If you have MORE time, go to the North Shore, north of Duluth, and see Gooseberry, Split Rock, and Tettegouche State Parks.

I see some other people have mentioned some of these so I'll +1 them. September and October are literally my faaaavorite months here. I looove the sunny 60-70 degree afternoons with a little bit of crispness in the air, along with the gorgeous fall colors. I can smell the air here as I sit. Also, a perfect time to have an outdoor bonfire in the evenings.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by bberris » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 am

Skip the MOA. It's a mall like every other one in America, so it's aptly named. Unless you want to see gangs up close. Also avoid downtown late at night.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by alex_686 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:22 am

bberris wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 am
Unless you want to see gangs up close. Also avoid downtown late at night.
I think this is a bit alarmists. First, I don’t think I would call a gaggle of teenaged a “gang”. Annoying, maybe. That being said, I might point you to Global Midtown Market (Mpls) and the Keg & Case (St Paul) for shopping. Converted industrial buildings into a “Mall” with local shops.

And why avoid downtown at night? I admit it is not the most happening, but the river walkway is quite nice. I often bike down it at night to get home.

Plus take a look at the Guthrie Theater. Or maybe Anime Fusion, if you are into Anime.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by nordsteve » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:13 am

A couple more ideas.

Bakken Museum
Museum of Russian Art
Minneapolis Water Taxi
Lake Pepin driving loop, book dinner and hotel In Red Wing at St James
If it's nice, rent a canoe on Cannon River in Welch
Rent bikes in NE Mpls and bike around to breweries. Be sure to include Sociable, a cidery.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Orchestra has a Brahms concert on Friday, you also get to see the beautiful space

If you like architecture, places to visit:

U of M mall area, including museum
Lakewood Memorial Chapel - be sure to see inside, ask to be let in if it is closed when you visit
Mpls Sculpture Garden and nearby churches
St Paul City Hall lobby
Hill Library (by Rice Park)
Cathedral of St Paul
Peavey Plaza

Restaurants

Broders Pasta Bar
Bar La Grassa
Smack Shack
Martina
Blackbird
Hola Arepa
George & The Dragon
Parlour
Spoon and Stable
Tenant
Borough
JD Hoyts
One of the Eat St restaurants (Nicollet between Franklin & Lake)
Bellecour

MOA is safe, and downtown is fine until you get late into the evening.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by ScaledWheel » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:28 am

Depending on your level of mobility, I would spend as much time outside as possible (assuming it isn't raining). My favorite thing to do in Minneapolis is ride my bike around to where I need to go. We have one of the largest systems of connected bike trails in the country.

Also agree that there are a lot of good restaurants in the Twin Cities, I bolded the list below to the ones I would definitely go to, and colored in red those I would avoid.
nordsteve wrote:
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Restaurants

Broders Pasta Bar In my opinion, not that good.
Bar La Grassa
Smack Shack
Martina

Blackbird
Hola Arepa - Good, but the restaurant itself can get very loud.
George & The Dragon
Parlour - The bar has probably the best smash burger in town, also very good cocktails
Spoon and Stable - Pricey but very good. I believe the head chef won a James Beard award.
Tenant
Borough
JD Hoyts
One of the Eat St restaurants (Nicollet between Franklin & Lake) - I would go with Quang's. Good Vietnamese food, cheap, and always busy
Bellecour

MOA is safe, and downtown is fine until you get late into the evening. - I would avoid MOA. It's got attractions inside like the amusement park, but at the end of the day it's just a really big mall. To my surprise, there are very few boutique or designer stores there. Of course MN has no sales tax on close so if you need to pick up some nice clothes for work it's not a bad place to go.


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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Dottie57 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:18 am

Yes there was a lot of snow. I went cross country skiing after the storm. Lots of fun.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by PalmQueen » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:35 am

Thank you nordsteve for including Lakewood Cemetery on the list.
It's really a special place for history, architecture and enjoying the great outdoors.
I recommend going anytime for a self-guided tour.

OP just may be there to catch their Fall Colors at Lakewood on October 13.

More info here:
https://www.lakewoodcemetery.org/single ... -Lakewood

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Glockenspiel » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:41 pm

bberris wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 am
Skip the MOA. It's a mall like every other one in America, so it's aptly named. Unless you want to see gangs up close. Also avoid downtown late at night.
I will generally agree that MOA is not worth going to, if you've been to a mall before. But it certainly isn't dangerous. I guess groups of teenagers walking around is a gang? Downtown is perfectly fine and not dangerous, unless it's after bars close.

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Re: October in Minnesota

Post by Glockenspiel » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:44 pm

Dottie57 wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:18 am
Yes there was a lot of snow. I went cross country skiing after the storm. Lots of fun.
I was a wee 6-year old. I remember trick-or-treating and there was a few inches of snow on the ground. It got cut shorter than usual because the snow was starting to pile up, but people were apt to hand out HUGE amounts of candy. Then, I woke up the next morning and there was a solid 2 feet of snow. We didn't have school for several days and we had tons of fun with the neighbors on those snow days.

That was one time, nearly 30 years ago, the last day of October. Since then, we haven't had more than a couple of flakes that don't stick to the ground, in October.

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