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Stay and Play

Top 20 Things to Do & See This Summer

Stay and Play
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6—Go to a Fair or Festival!

Grand Old Day • June 2
Along Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Northern Spark • June 8
Lowertown, St. Paul
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest • June 15
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Stone Arch Bridge Festival • June 14–16
Minneapolis riverfront
Minneapolis Aquatennial • July 12-20
Lake Calhoun, Hennepin Avenue, West River Parkway
Minnesota Fringe Festival • Aug. 1–11
Venues in Uptown, downtown, and the West Bank
WE-Fest Country Music Festival • Aug. 1–3
Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes
Uptown Art Fair • Aug. 2–4
Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue and “The Mall” in Southwest Minneapolis
Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival • Aug. 8–11
El Rancho Manana, Richmond, Minn.

Irish Fair of Minnesota • Aug. 9–11
Harriet Island, St. Paul
Twin Cities Polish Festival • Aug. 10–11
Along Old Main Street, Minneapolis
Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival • Aug. 18
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Minnesota State Fair • Aug. 22–Sept. 2
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

7— ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game…’

Living in Minnesota, you now have two options for watching baseball in open-air ballparks—the Minnesota Twins, playing at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, or the St. Paul Saints, playing at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. The major league Twins now play in a beautiful new stadium with excellent sightlines of downtown (Target Field opened in 2010). There’s a wide variety of concessions—from hot dogs to walleye on a stick—the stadium is steeped in history, and in “Twins Territory,” the atmosphere is electric. The minor league Saints are nationally recognized for their in-game entertainment, with between-inning promotions, contests, and “ushertainers” making for a fun atmosphere. Where else can you get a haircut or massage, even rent a hot tub with friends— all while watching some really great baseball?  www.twinsbaseball.comwww.saintsbaseball.com

8—Experience Serenity, Luxury, Gourmet Cuisine at Canoe Bay

Less than two hours from the metro, Canoe Bay, located in Chetek, Wis., is a romantic, peaceful, luxurious retreat designed exclusively for couples. Since 1998, it has been the Midwest region’s only member of Relais & Châteaux, a prestigious collection of the most beautiful restaurants and hotels around the world. Spend time inside the sophisticated cottages (select cottages with fireplaces, private saunas, steam rooms, and oversized tubs), walking along the wooded countryside, canoeing on Lake Wahdoon, reading in the cozy two-story lofted library, or enjoying gourmet cuisine in the elegant yet rustic lakeside dining room (no jeans, tennis shoes, or athletic wear allowed), at the private wine cellar table, or at the chef’s table sampling from both the chef and sommelier. www.canoebay.com

9—Tour Amazing Luxury Homes

A passport becomes your all-access ticket to 17 of the area’s most luxurious homes, an invitation to tour the private sanctuaries of business entrepreneurs, talented professionals, savvy investors, and retired executives during the 13th annual Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, June 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23. Admire spectacular craftsmanship and design—and gain valuable inspiration and ideas—as you walk through top-of-the-line gourmet kitchens, elaborate spa-like master baths, state-of-the-art home theaters (one including the world’s largest residential TV), impressive game rooms, dramatic wine cellars, and more. www.luxuryhometour.net

10—Unleash Your Inner Child

Not only can you find some pretty amazing animals at the two metro area zoos—Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, located in St. Paul, and the Minnesota Zoo, located in Apple Valley—but you can also find a certain sense of innocence (don’t all zoos remind you of your childhood?). At Como, take the little ones on the rides at Como Town, watch seven charismatic gorillas in the new Gorilla Forest exhibit (opens June 6), and admire the all-new sunken Japanese garden addition, featuring the Conservatory’s Bonsai collection. At the Minnesota Zoo, don’t miss the return of two popular exhibits—“Africa!” (featuring giraffes, ostrich, bongos, wildebeest, addax and guinea fowl) and “All New Dinosaurs!,” complete with 20 animatronic dinos. www.comozooconservatory.orgwww.mnzoo.com

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