The Ultimate Father’s Day Idea Guide for Twin Cities, Minnesota

St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota offer fun activities year-round. Tourists flock to the area for its gorgeous landscapes and unique attractions, and locals love all that is unique about the place they call home. From gorgeous waterfront venues and hip restaurants and breweries to fun parks and outdoor adventures, the Twin Cities have something for everyone. This Father’s Day treat the dad in your life to the gift of an unforgettable experience. Whether dad is a car fanatic, eclectic foodie or a rough-and-tumble sports guy, there’s a Twin Cities Father’s Day event for him. Check out a few of our favorite recommendations below.

Take Dad on a Brewery Tour

The Twin Cities is home to many breweries, many of which offer free brewery tours. Many of the breweries offer tours on Saturdays, although some offer Sunday tours as well. Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater offers tours on both Saturdays and Sundays. 

Play at Teddy Bear Park

If you’re looking for an activity the little ones can enjoy, too, check out Teddy Bear Park. Located in downtown Stillwater, Teddy Bear Park offers a fun playground for kids as well as a two-story building with entire floors that can be rented out for events. There are also three concrete picnic tables and a gazebo that can be used on a first-come first-served basis. Teddy bear statues dot the landscape, giving the area a playful, whimsical feel. There is no admission to play in the park, so if you need a fun place for the kids to unwind after Father’s Day brunch, make a pitstop at Teddy Bear Park. 

Enjoy Some Live Music

This Father’s Day Weekend, the 25th Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival will take place on the Minneapolis Waterfront. In addition to live music from over two-hundred artists, the event will feature a culinary arts market, a vintage & vinyl market, a beer sampler, fun family activities, and more. The event will also be the scene of the 2019 Art of the Car Show, a celebration of automobile classics. Give dad the fun weekend he really wants. 

Explore the Minnesota Children’s Museum

On the third Sunday of each month, admission to the Minnesota Children’s Museum is free thanks to “Target Free Third Sundays,” a program courtesy of Target Corporation. Since Father’s Day falls annually on the third Sunday of June, it will coincide with the Museum’s free admission day. If you’re looking for some family fun and education—and you don’t mind a crowd (free Sundays are the museum’s busiest days)—then take dad and the kids to the Minnesota Children’s Museum. There, you’ll find three floors of fun, and you’ll also catch the museum’s newest exhibit—Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention—currently on exhibit until September.

Spend a Day at the Mall of America

Spend the day at Nickelodeon Universe, the country’s largest indoor theme park. Check out Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, The Escape Room, or any number of the other attractions located on site at the Mall of America. The mall also offers endless dining and shopping options, ensuring you will be well-dressed and well-fed during all your Father’s Day adventures.

Take a Twin Cities Food Tour

Another great Father’s Day option? Take dad on the Taste Twin Cities Eat & Sip Food Tour. The tour weaves through some of Minneapolis’s most impressive and historic buildings while treating participants to a unique culinary experience that includes some of the city’s tastiest eateries. Among the tastings are rotisserie chicken wings in maple glaze; Chicago Mix® popcorn; heirloom corn bread with ghost pepper cheese, scallions and honey butter; homemade chips; flatbread pizzas; and more. 

Hit the Skies

Is dad an airplane fan? If so, he won’t want to miss the 2019 Crystal Airport Open House & Fly In happening Father’s Day weekend. The event is free to attend. For a separate fee, guests can take airplane and helicopter rides. There is also a pancake breakfast in the morning and displays from the local police and fire departments throughout the event. Kids three and under eat free. A craft fair will also be held throughout the day and afternoon refreshments will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation to support NEAR Food Shelf.

We hope you and the dad in your life have a terrific Father’s Day here in the Twin Cities!

Article Written by Haley Kieser

Photo by Cristian Dina