Mother's Day Things to do in Minneapolis

Need ideas for what to do with Mom on Mother's Day? Here's a list of suggestions of places to take Mom and the family on Mother's Day.

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    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in the South Metro, is not just a place for trees - the Arboretum caters to all kinds of nature lovers with acres of gardens, cultivated flowers, trees, and vegetables, as well as large natural areas with wildflowers, prairie grasses, and pristine Minnesota landscapes. The Visitor's Center has free hands-on activities for children and families, and guided nature walks are available.

    Another reason to take Mom this weekend: the Arboretum's annual spring plant sale, the largest in the state, is scheduled for Mother's Day weekend, May 11 and 12.

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    A classic destination, and right in the city: South Minneapolis' Minnehaha Park, with the staggering waterfall, kids' play area, gardens, statues, and the excellent ​Sea Salt Eatery, which is now open for the summer. Take a walk and follow Minnehaha Creek all the way to the Mississippi River - a shorter, gentle hike, as long as trail conditions are not too wet.

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    Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

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    It's peak time for wildflowers and birdsong, and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is the best place to appreciate both of those things in the center of the Metro Area.

    The Wildflower Garden is in Theodore Wirth Park, admission is free.

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    Stillwater is often the top destination picked by Moms - the cute shops, with clothes, art, homewares, and jewelry, plus plenty of places for lunch, and lovely views of the St. Croix Valley make it very appealing.

    Here's a guide to the shops in Stillwater. And if Mom doesn't want to visit Stillwater, here's some other shopping destinations in and around the Twin Cities.

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    It's traditionally an activity for Father's Day, but who says that Moms can't enjoy fishing too? If your Mom is one of those moms who love fishing or would love to try, the Fishing Opener is May 11.

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources agrees that fishing isn't just for Dads - its Take a Mom Fishing Weekend with events at parks and lakes across the state. Moms fishing with their child can fish for free all Mother's Day weekend long.

    Get a fishing license, tips on good places to go fishing, and Fishing Opener events, at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

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    A little-known museum, but one of the finest and most unique collections in Minneapolis. TMORA is in South Minneapolis, in a former church, and the grand building is an appropriate backdrop to the works of Russian art, which range from ancient to modern.

    Other museums for Mother's Day: the​ Minneapolis Institute of Arts always has something new to see or something new to discover, and it's free. And if you have not been to the recently re-opened Weisman Art Museum, now there are twice as many exhibits and it also has free admission.

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    The Rivers Park District Events

    The Three Rivers Park District has plenty of events all year round, and this is just a small selection which you and Mom may enjoy on Mother's Day weekend... On May 11, you can take tots to learn about how snake, toad, and salamander mothers take care of their young at Eastwood Nature Center or visit the Landing Historic Site to step back into 1880's Minnesota.

    On Sunday, take a Mother's Day in Clay class at Silverwood Park.

    Reservations may be needed, and fees may apply.