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With Memorial Day already in our rearview mirror, the summer of 2023 is unofficially here. And while there are a ton of great things to do here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in the summer, THIS was recently named the Best Free Thing To Do in Minnesota.

Many of us are still feeling the pinch of an economy that's slowed way down and inflation that's sent prices soaring way up. So, if your vacation fund is looking a little depleted these days, I happened to stumble upon this handy Country Living list of the 50 Best Free Things You Can This Summer.

So what IS the best thing you can do for free here in Minnesota? Well, according to Country Living, it’s a trip up to Minnehaha Falls. The site looked at various free places to go from all 50 states. And, according to them, a trip to Minnehaha Falls, located in Minneapolis, less than 90 minutes from Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud, is apparently the best free thing you can do this summer in the North Star State.

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Explaining WHY it's the best free thing to do, CountryLiving said, “Few cities can claim that they have a waterfall within city limits. Luckily for Minneapolis, it has Minnehaha Falls Regional Park, complete with a 53-foot waterfall.”

So, yeah, that’s it. Now, I haven't been to Minnehaha Falls, so I guess I’m not all that qualified to offer an opinion on how cool it is. And, I’m certainly not knocking Minnehaha Falls, but instead of this waterfall, it seems to me that a trip up Highway 61 along the North Shore might give you a better view of cool waterfalls to check out.

Gooseberry Falls State Park alone has a pretty spectacular waterfall, not to mention the many falls at Tettegouche State Park, too. (Although, they ARE state parks – so you do have to pay a fee to get in. It’s usually not too expensive, but I guess that rules them both out of a Best Free Thing To Do survey, doesn’t it?)

So, maybe Minnehaha Falls IS The Best Free Thing To Do In Minnesota. What do you think?

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