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Live your best life in the Twin Cities this summer

Between free yoga classes, alleyway-accessible speakeasies and movies beneath the stars, there’s a little something for everyone in the cities.
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So, you’re feeling a little stuck in the Twin Cities for the summer. Maybe you’re hung up on the fact that your summer in Minneapolis seems like a far cry from the Mamma Mia-esque photoshoots that litter your Instagram explore page (including some of those slightly obnoxious study abroad photo dumps).

Perhaps you’re not psyched at the prospect of waking up every morning to the uproarious sounds of Fourth Street and University Avenue.

Mindset aside, there’s a solid chance you’ve spent some time searching for ways to pass the days. Rest assured there’s more to do than grab a pint at Como Tap or suntan on the mall. If you’re hoping to romanticize your summer, check out the list below for some activity inspiration in the Twin Cities.

Feeling creative? Grab some friends, order a couple of clay kits from Longfellow studio, cry baby clay, and make an afternoon out of creating your perfect pieces. Take advantage of the opportunity to craft your pottery in the studio, by appointment.

When the walk across Stone Arch grows old, venture out of the area and wander through the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary instead. Located at Theodore Wirth Regional Park, the garden’s winding trails offer a glimpse at dozens of local wildflowers and plants. On a quiet day, it’s the perfect place to pretend you’re living through the dreamy, sun-speckled lens of a Sofia Coppola film.

Hoping to destress after a hectic week? Head to the Market at Malcolm Yards for a free yoga class, offered every Sunday morning. Stick around for brunch after. Order the Croque Madame from Sunday at the Market and you’re one step closer to a summer on the French Riviera.

Film buffs can grab a blanket and catch a movie at parks across Minneapolis every Monday through Saturday through the end of August. Check out the full schedule for the summer.

Test your pop culture knowledge at Blue Door Pub’s weekly trivia nights. Assemble a team and grab a brew while you wait for rounds to start at both 8 and 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Hone in on your culinary skills with a class at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Hosted at their St. Paul location, summer classes offer the opportunity to master everything from grilling to the perfect vegan brunch. Check out the full class calendar.

Slip into the basement bar at Sook & Mimi to end an evening out on an elegant note.The ’70s rec-room inspired cocktail bar operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Access the venue through the alleyway bar.

Spend a Sunday walking through the Plant Based Pop Up Market at PURIS Foods. Hosted every second and fourth Sunday through October, the market serves as a gathering place for the plant-based community and is set to feature a variety of local vendors.

If you’re still feeling stuck in the cities, then check out Meet Minneapolis. The tourism website offers a seemingly-endless array of activities across the city, including neighborhood best-of lists, community-centered guides and a running list of current events

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