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Frugal vacations in Minnesota for the frugal traveler!

There are lots of cheap vacation ideas and attractions in Minnesota.

If you live in Minnesota, frugal vacations and frugal fun often require little more than gas in the car to get to them.

If you want to stay in a Minnesota hotel, you can compare prices, find the best deals, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Minnesota

Minnesota Maps > available for every region of the state and for specific activities like fishing, hiking, biking and finding the best roadside attractions.

If you travel to Minnesota from another location, we'll show you how to save on every part of your vacation budget. You can even create your own all inclusive cheap vacations.

So often, the experiences that bring us joy, and the wonderful memories that we associate with being on vacation, can be had for a fraction of the price we are used to paying. Thinking in new ways about our leisure time can add to the fun.

One of our first cheap vacation ideas at the beginning of a year is the purchase of a new Entertainment Book. There are specific books available for almost every area in the U.S. We buy the book for the Twin Cities; there is also one available for the Duluth area. This small investment can save hundreds...even thousands...over a period of time.  

The Entertainment Book > save hundreds on hotels, meals, and entertainment in Minnesota.

Campgrounds in Minnesota offer an even more frugal vacation option. If tenting does not appeal to you, many state parks have rustic cabinsn that can be rented at a very reasonable price.

Whether you choose a hotel or camp site as your lodging, check out this listing of the best Minnesota vacation attractions. You will find that many of them fit your frugal vacations plan.

The Great Outdoors

Minnesota's natural beauty is a free gift that enhances your frugal vacations. Our state has an amazing variety of vistas and outdoor habitat.

Enjoy the northern forests, the rocky Lake Superior shoreline, the tallgrass southwestern prairie, the river bluffs along the Mississippi River and as many of our 10,000+ lakes as you can get to.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is like no other place on earth. The historic towns along the rivers in southern Minnesosta are internationally acclaimed tourist treasures. Add visits to the Iron Range, traditional Native American communities, farm country made famous by Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon stories, and the art and culture of the Twin Cities and you will know you have to return often.

Get out into all this beauty on foot, in a boat, on a bike, skis and snowshoes. It's free to enjoy.

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Frugal and Free Festivals

Minnesota Festivals and Events: We love to celebrate in Minnesota. Festivals and events celebrate our heritage and history, our seasons, our food, our music and art, our wildlife, and Minnesota grown and made products.

There are many frugal and free festivals, activities and attractions in every region of Minnesota. As well, there are hundreds of free concerts, museums, historical landmarks, and experiences of many kinds that are free or cost only a small entrance fee.

Minnesota attractions include our natural attactions of lake, forest, prairie and wildlife.

Como Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul is one of the Twin Cities best frugal vacations stops. You can see an amazing variety of animals, and beautiful plants and flowers in an elegant glass-enclosed conservatory. The zoo is free and a small small donation is requested to tour the conservatory.

Many Minnesota museums are free. Some free museums in the Twin Cities include:

  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Always free, except when special events are happening in the garden.

Some other free museums around Minnesota include:

  • The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth
  • The Rochester Art Center

Here's another tip for entertainment during frugal vacations in Minnesota: Instead of high priced concerts, enjoy frugal and free music performances all around the state.

During the summer months live performances are happening almost daily in Minneapolis and St. Paul parks. In Minneapolis you can enjoy live music over the lunch hour in Peavey Plaza, the fountain-filled park along the Nicollet Mall. Bands play outdoors at St. Anthony Main every weekend and there's a Wednesday concert across the bridge on Nicollet Island. Loring Park features Movies and Music on Monday nights during July and August. A band takes the stage at 7:00pm and plays until dusk when a classic movie rolls. Popular evening concerts are a regular feature at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

In Saint Paul a variety of bands play in Rice Park on Mondays and Mears Park on Tuesdays over the lunch hour. The music moves to Harriet Island on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm.

In Duluth as well, free concerts can be found in various locations around the city. Chester Bowl Park hosts rock and country bands on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm. Other bands play at Glensheen Mansion and other parks around town including Lake Park Place downtown on Wednesdays.

In Rochester attend Down by the Riverside concerts on Sunday nights in July and August in Mayo Park behind the Civic Center. Riverside Galleria concerts are held Thursday evenings in Peace Plaza.

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