Claire Schrantz

A Twin Cities Father’s Day

Claire Schrantz
A Twin Cities Father’s Day

Father’s Day weekend is rapidly approaching – which means dad-havers and dad-lovers alike are scrambling for the perfect present. You know that experiences breed more happiness than possessions, so consider a weekend taking in everything the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has to offer. 

Here are some dad-approved spots on all sides of the river for your family staycation:

Historic Fort Snelling Tours

Named a “national treasure” but the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Fort Snelling is a meaningful spot to celebrate Minnesotan heritage. 

9AM - 11AM in St. Paul (map)
$12 per adult, $10 per senior, college student or veteran, $6 per child

Padelford Riverboats Sightseeing Cruise

Take an hour and a half to sit back, relax and even crack open a beer with Dad on a cruise departing from St. Paul’s Harriet Island. See the St. Paul High Bridge, Pig’s Eye’s Cave and more while enjoying historical tidbits along the way. 

Noon and 2:30 PM in St. Paul (maps)
$18 per adult, $14 per senior, $8 per child
(tickets)

Big Daddy’s Old Fashioned Barbeque

Four stars and two dollar signs? That’s Yelp’s recipe for a highly satisfying dinner with the old man. No stranger to rave reviews, this BBQ joint is known for generous portions, quick service and perfect slabs of meat that get “cut up fresh right before your eyes.” 

St. Paul (map)

Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a Twin Cities staple that invites you to indulge your artistic or reflective side – free of charge. Roam around the museum with Dad, and then take him to the sculpture garden. 

Minneapolis (map)
Free

Manny's Steakhouse

Splurge on dinner with the man of the hour at Manny’s Steakhouse, a Minneapolis eatery that celebrates the finer things in life. Enjoy locally-sourced, dry-aged, center-cut beef alongside drinks and shareable sides. 

Minneapolis (map)

Music in the Zoo: Boz Scaggs

Top of the weekend south of the river with musician (and notable father) Boz Scaggs. Of Steve Miller Band fame, Scaggs will play at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley on Sunday, June 19.

Sunday, June 18, 7:30 PM (Doors at 7:00)
Apple Valley, MN (map)

A nightcap at Vivo

While in Apple Valley, visit the Minneapolis suburb’s Vivo scratch kitchen. Share a flatbread and a bottle of wine. Sporting four stars, this restaurant’s Yelp profile touts great service, a pleasant ambiance and can’t-miss food.

Apple Valley, MN (map)