Posts Categorized: frugal travel

Family travel on a budget? Try a camping workshop

Nine-Mile Lake in Superior National Forest. If families are looking for the best vacation deal around, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, teaming up with REI, has been offering I Can Camp! workshops around the state this summer. The new program teaches families everything they need to know for only $55–that’s with equipment provided. It’s one… Read more »

Warm up at Minnesota’s best water parks

In the middle of winter, few things feel as good as shedding all the bundled-up layers. Seriously. In the last brutal week of temperatures, I was wearing long underwear just to work at home. So be free! Grab the kids, dig out your suits, and enjoy a weekend at Minnesota’s water parks. It may not… Read more »

Skating at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis

Give history a whirlYou know a place has full-blown charm when it lures an 88-year-old great-grandmother onto ice skates for the first time in decades. That would be my Grandma Cretia. She couldn’t stand just watching while her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had all the fun at The Depot’s Minneapolis ice rink over the holidays. It’s easily one… Read more »

Catch Santa’s elves in action at Macy’s

I’ve been all across the Midwest, and when it comes to cool, free holiday happenings, Minneapolis ranks among the absolute best with its “A Day in the Life of an Elf” Macy’s auditorium show on display through Dec. 30. This free holiday event is one of the most-beloved traditions for Minnesota families. These animated, three-dimensional journeys… Read more »