6 Budget-Worthy Things To Do In The Twin Cities

6 Budget-Worthy Things To Do In The Twin Cities

For the one who wants to limit the funds, but expand the fun.

I've always been one of those people who can't just sit at home and relax for multiple days at a time. No matter how busy I am with school, work, or life, I always seem to want to be on the go adventuring and doing something fun.

I'm a lover of new things and new experiences, but I am not a lover of dropping extravagant funds to do these new things and experience them.

Because of that, I really got to thinking: I love the city I'm from, so what could I do here that could keep me cost-effective but also be worth my time?

The more I began to think, the greater the list became. I don't want to succumb to the same old same old things but I also don't want to be spending a lot of money going to places such as the Mall of America (MOA) or the Science Museum, though they are fun to visit every once in a while.

Because I'm one who wants to limit the funds but expand the fun, I created a list of fun things to do in the Twin Cities area that'll save you some money but be worth while.

1. The Stone Arch Bridge

Deep in the heart of Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge is a perfect place to take a walk, take some pictures or even just people watch. With a great view of the skyline, this picture-perfect aesthetic is free to go to and also really cool to see.

2. The Como Zoo & Conservatory

Open year round, the Como Zoo & Conservatory is free to its visitors. The Zoo is packed with a variety of different wildlife species and is home to a beautiful conservatory surrounded by many gardens. If you're ever looking for something fun to do at any time of the year, this would be highly recommended. If you're in the mood to spend a little money, the Zoo is also home to Como Town, where you can take your kids for a fun afternoon of rides, games, and food.

3. The Twin Cities Wall Crawl

If you're looking for that free Instagram worthy pic, this wall crawl surely won't disappoint. Beautiful murals are plastered around the city hitting the feeds of Instagramers from all over the metro area. With over 15 walls to visit, this fun and free activity is waiting for you to look top-notch with your camera ready and a few of your friends to be along side you.

4. Punch Pizza

This restaurant that is only found in Minnesota is sure to leave your taste buds craving more. This cute take on Neapolitan Pizza gives you endless choices of pizza to choose from as well as salads and beverages. One of my all time favorites within the metro-area, if you're looking for a cheap lunch or dinner that tastes well more than it's worth, head on over to Punch! A full pizza, salad, and a soda costs only a little less than $15 and it'll sure leave you wanting more. Check out one of their 10 locations here to see which one is closest to you. There's no way you can live in or visit MN without having Punch Pizza.

5. Cossetta

This one of a kind Italian restaurant will hit close to home in any Minnesotans heart. With all kinds of delicious pizza, pasta, salads, and deserts, Cossetta is hands down one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities area and it's reasonably priced. Grab a jumbo slice of pizza for $5 and a salad for $7 and you're good to go. If you're not feeling pizza or salad, they have many different options of pasta for around $12. You also can't go to Cossetta without getting dessert, so go on in and grab a cannoli or a cup of gelato-- either will leave you wanting more.

6. Lake Calhoun

Looking to head to the beach, ride your bikes, or just take a walk? Lake Calhoun is perfect for each of those activities as well as many different water activities in the months of summer. Free to its visitors, it's great for pretty much anything, and it's beautiful year round. One of my favorite things to do here is rent the bikes from Nice Ride MN and bike around the lake and it's surrounding areas. A 24 hour pass only $6, it's great for the spring in summer. If you're not up for biking, there are also beach areas and playgrounds for you if you wanted to get a tan or take your kids to the park. Located minutes away from Uptown, it'll sure leave you wanting to visit more.

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9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

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11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

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13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

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17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

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35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

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In Memory of the Capital gazette five

A tribute to the legacy they left behind.


It's time to say it. Journalism is the most important yet increasingly dangerous occupation.

By now, many of you have heard about the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. FIrst, may G-d protect and comfort the mourners. Second, why are journalists targets?

It's no secret that in many foreign countries today the media is the first thing governments and power-hungry individuals seek to control, suppress or eliminate upon their usurping of power. Many countries, like Somalia, Rwanda, Turkey and China, force all journalists to publish only state-approved propaganda. What's worse, they'll jail or kill journalists who stand by their convictions and insist on a free press.

I look at the person who gunned down the five Capital Gazette journalists, two of whom I recognized immediately, as less than this. I see him as nothing more than a spoiled coward. He didn't have the decency to let the court ruling in his failed defamation lawsuit stand. He couldn't put on his big boy pants and deal with his own personal demons. Instead, he took out his anger on people who were hired to do one thing: Write stories about people in their community. Which they did, ethically, efficaciously and timely.

It's been around 225 years since journalists have been targets on these shores to the increasing frequency in the first few decades of this century.

During that turbulent colonial period, dozens of brave souls, including the famous Thomas Payne, journalism was a truly dangerous profession. Those courageous men and women put their lives on the line to expose the abuses of the British monarchy and neighboring business owners who exploited fellow colonists. Like any other authoritarian regime, the British Crown then would go to extreme lengths, including hanging journalists for treason for publishing the truth as they saw it.

In this young century, journalists have to fend off not just a narcissistic president who compares them to a great evil. They also battle one another over the most trivial of political trivialities on a daily basis. Print journalists, in particular, have to carry over their heads the specter of a business a great number of experts say is gasping for monetary air.

This horrific attack on respected and honored defenders of print journalism, in addition, resurrects the age-old question of how free should the press be? Where is the dividing line between keeping journalists safe from harm and leaving our society open to scrutiny and debate? What topics, if any, are to be mandated as "off limits" to journalism?

As I reflect back on the articles written by the Captial Gazette team and many other journalists throughout this country, some of whom I have profound disagreements with for their political rhetoric, my answers are simple. Completely free. Eliminate the dividing line. And, none.

That may sound simple but it's not.

Despite the obvious downside of having a press free to investigate and report on literally anything, it is a necessity. The good outweighs the harm. The knowledge and support their information provides their community, our nation, and the world grants us the freedom to check and balance our government in ways not conceived two-and-a-quarter centuries ago.

On the other hand, as journalists, we must be ever conscious that our world has changed. That, like our foreign counterparts, we have domestic enemies who seek to stop us by every mean at their disposal. Including, may G-d save us, murder.

Carrying these ideas forward, we must also recognize that we must leave no stone unturned. Investigate the new Watergate. Espouse our insane political opinion. Use every fact to our selfish advantage. Or, just as bad, ignore every fact to our selfish advantage.

All of the above force our fellow journalists to keep us honest, ethical and efficacious. But above all, it brings honor to those who are unwittingly thrown into that literal line of fire. It forces us, the survivors and the living, to create a legacy built from their memory. In this way, we can move forward, resolute that we have done our real job: Preserving our history as we live it.

This article is dedicated in memory to the courageous Capital Gazette team who fell in the line of their duty of telling the story. May their work be a source of endless information and inspiration.

In memory of:

Robert Hiaasen

Wendi Winters

John McNamara

Rebecca Smith

Gerald Fischman

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