When to Visit Minneapolis

by SmarterTravel Staff

Many people assume the weather in Minneapolis is constantly cold, but the city actually experiences four distinct seasons, much like Boston and Chicago.

The summer is the most popular, and perhaps most favorable, time to visit because of the warm weather and outdoor recreation. Many visitors also come in the fall to witness the changing of the leaves. Minneapolis has devised a system to beat the cold winter weather with eight miles of an above-ground, glass-enclosed walkway system that connects hotels, dining, and entertainment venues in the downtown area. Travelers to Minneapolis also enjoy winter outdoor activities, including skiing, ice fishing, and ice skating.

  • high season: April to August
  • low season: November to March
  • shoulder season: September to October

Weather Information

Minneapolis experiences four seasons. Summers can be warm, with average highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Fall temperatures cool down, with average highs falling from 71 in September to 40 in November. Winters bring snow and colder weather, with average highs in the upper 20s. The spring sees warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, with average highs of 41 in March warming up to 70 in May.

Crowd Information

The summer tends to be the busiest time, with warm weather and school vacations. The holiday season also picks up, especially with signature events such as the Holidazzle parade (every Thursday through Sunday) and the annual Macy's holiday display in November and December.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

The winter, excluding holidays, is the least expensive time to visit. The summer has higher prices because of an increase in demand.

Information provided by the Greater Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association.

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