Best Time to Visit Minneapolis

June
July
August

When Not to Visit
February

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True to its reputation, Minneapolis is downright frigid and often frozen from November through March. Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul—which make up the Twin Cities—combine for the coldest average temperature in any city in the country, with lows of 4 degrees and 12 degrees in January and February. The upside is that, due to its location, Minneapolis also receives ample sunshine in the winter, even though you’re probably not planning on sunbathing then.

The gloom of the winter months retreats to beautiful regrowth in spring and summer, and although visitors will find slightly higher airfare and hotel prices May through August, the extra bucks are well worth it. Minneapolis is famed for its vast park system, which includes the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway and its seven districts and 50.1 miles of trails, lakes, and riverfront. The byway is the perfect place for a bike ride or jog in the warm summer months, when temperatures hover in the mid-80s. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and visitors who travel to Minneapolis in the spring and summer will never be too far from good fishing, boating, water-skiing, and swimming.

Minneapolis also features Target Field, home of the Twins and the top-ranked sports stadium in North America, according to ESPN the Magazine. Travelers to the city during baseball season (April through October) would be wise to check it out.

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