No block parties, no blueberry festivals. But some of Minnesota’s most treasured traditions remain.
1. Farmers markets
They feel a little different, of course. There’s no lollygagging, listening to a jug band or sharing a picnic table. But many farmers markets across the region are open, connecting you to farmers and food.
2. Drive-in theaters
3. State parks
4. Sculpture gardens
The Walker Art Center has closed its galleries and called off its in-person events. But outside, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is open. So, too, is Franconia Sculpture Park, with its 43 acres of art and fresh air. Keep your distance, and don’t climb on or touch the sculptures.
5. The arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was the first large garden in the country to reopen, in large part because of its Three-Mile Drive. Tickets for its cars-only tours did well. Now, the gardens are open to guests on foot (but you must reserve in advance).