A 3 p.m. tour of Summit Brewery is the perfect way to start your Friday afternoon. You will learn about the history of craft brewing in Minnesota, get a peek behind the scenes at how Summit beer is produced and, most importantly, the beer samples will be flowing. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as tours fill up quickly. After the tour, hang out in the beer hall or the patio to relax and get ready for the rest of your evening.
The Cathedral Hill neighborhood offers plenty of great options for dinner. Revival serves up fantastic fried chicken and southern-themed sides, while Red Cow is another favorite for gourmet burgers and poutine.
If you have energy for one more stop, drive over to Can Can Wonderland to close out the evening with a round of artist-designed mini-golf. The venue is 21-plus after 9 p.m. each evening and, in addition to mini golf, you will find vintage pinball machines, craft cocktails, adult milkshakes and slushies, a full bar, and a variety of delicious treats. Can Can also frequently hosts unique events like variety shows and interactive storytelling, so check their schedule before you plan.
Wake up with a trip to Café Astoria for a fresh breakfast of smoothie bowls, crepes or oatmeal and a creative line up of coffee drinks.
You can’t explore Minnesota without getting on the water at some point, so a kayak tour along the Mississippi River with Minnesota Adventure Co. is great to get your blood pumping. Saturday tours start at 9 a.m. and you will kayak from Fort Snelling to downtown Saint Paul where you will be rewarded with views of the skyline.
Alternatively, if the weather isn’t cooperating for a kayak tour, the indoor rock climbing walls at Vertical Endeavors are a great substitute. Throw on a harness and try your hand at climbing the 30-foot walls with plenty of routes for varying skill levels.
Once you’ve worked up a sweat, have lunch in downtown Saint Paul at Cossetta’s Italian Market. Dine on salads, pizza or pasta, and be sure to stop in the market afterward to browse the bakery and aisles of authentic Italian foods.
Walking around Como Lake or visiting the Como Conservatory is a wonderful way to connect with nature for a relaxing afternoon. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and get ready for another evening full of fun.
End your day with a trip to Lowertown in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Grab dinner on the patio at PUBLIC kitchen + bar, Handsome Hog or Barrio. Then head over to a St. Paul Saints baseball game for minor league baseball fun. Splurge on Club Level seats for a plush experience with an indoor lounge, outside seating, a catered meal and a full bar or opt for the budget section of $5 seats on the grass berm in the outfield. No matter which level of seating you pick, you are sure to have a great time—there isn’t a bad seat in the house!