Affordable Family Fun in Minneapolis
Travelers who want to stretch their dollar while visiting Minneapolis, should look for hotels outside the downtown area, like the Super 8 - Minneapolis on I-494 which offers travelers free breakfast. For extra value, use the affordable Metro Transit system for getting to free cultural attractions, like the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Book in the Fall for the Cheapest Travel Prices
The tourist season in Minneapolis is in the summer, when temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees F. During the winter, however, temperatures plummet to an average of 20 degrees F. To get the most out of your trip, travel in the fall, Minneapolis' shoulder season, and use the enclosed walkway system downtown to avoid the brisk weather. Be sure to check the National Football League schedules first before flying, as travel, parking, and hotel prices are higher when the Vikings are playing at home.
Use Minneapolis Metro Transit Around the City
While most of the downtown area is easily walkable, public transit is a cheap travel option for accessing Minneapolis area attractions. Bus fare ranges from $1 to $3 per ride, while the Northstar commuter rail train offers family passes for $20.
Hotels are More Expensive Downtown
Guests flying into Minneapolis will land at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Bloomington, which is also home to the Mall of America. A high-demand area for hotels, many Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport hotel prices are on-par with downtown hotels.
With so many popular attractions in downtown Minneapolis, it’s tough to find a room for less than $200 per night. The Best Western Plus Normandy Inn and Suites, however, provides guests with an affordable, highly rated, and centrally located stay within walking distance of attractions.
Find Low-Cost Lodging Along the Interstate Highways
Travelers visiting Minneapolis with a car have more budget-friendly options available, including the affordable Super 8 - Minneapolis and La Quinta & Suites Minneapolis-Minnetonka near the I-494 and I-35. These hotels are a 30-minute drive away from downtown attractions, but many include a free breakfast and free WiFi for less than $100 per night. Just a three-minute drive from the Mall of America, the La Quinta Minneapolis Airport Bloomington* is a cheap choice for travellers looking to spend more money on shopping than on accommodations.
The Minneapolis International Hostel also offers shared room facilities in a Victorian Mansion south of the downtown area. Expect to pay about $40 for dorm rooms and $70 for private rooms. For large groups or families who prefer to cook some of their meals, full house rentals are available on Airbnb for around $100 per night.
Free Admission to Minneapolis Cultural Attractions
Many exciting cultural attractions in Minneapolis offer free admission. St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are free to the public. Visiting the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is also free, and is the place where travellers can see the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry outdoor sculpture at the contemporary Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. While access to the Sculpture Garden is free, admission to the Walker Art Center is $14 for adults.
Tourists also flock to Mall of America, one of the world's largest indoor malls, where there is no sales tax on clothing. Discounted tickets for the mall’s Sea Life aquarium can be found online.
Find festivals, events, and public park information on the City of Minneapolis website, while public transit schedules are available on the Metro Transit site.
With tax-free shopping and several free attractions, Minneapolis is an affordable vacation destination for families. Let Hipmunk take care of arranging your cheap flights and hotels - all you have to decide is what attraction to visit first.
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The Twin Cities combine Midwestern charm and cutting-edge cool. These twin traits can be found on both sides of town: St. Paul's Science Museum and Minneapolis' Walker Art Center; Minneapolis' Target Field and St. Paul's edgy Artists' Quarter; Linden Hills' "Small of America" mom-and-pop diners and Minneapolis' hip Warehouse District bistros.Book a flight to Minneapolis.
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