Visit Minneapolis On a Budget

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The largest city in the state of Minnesota, Minneapolis is a fantastic place to visit. A city known to be abundantly rich in water (there are 20 lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks, and more), Minneapolis is a truly beautiful city.

If you’re planning a trip to Minneapolis and are looking for ways to keep costs in check, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out how we recommend touring the city without blowing the budget.


If you’re willing to stay outside the downtown core, finding affordable accommodations in Minneapolis is easy! At InTown Suites, we have two properties in the Metro Minneapolis area, including Burnsville and Coon Rapids.

Our prices start at just $279.99 for the week!

Getting Around

To save big on your trip budget, don’t rely solely on taxis to get around the city. Walking is of course a great option to take in more of the sights and sounds, but for maximum efficiency, we recommend taking advantage of the Minneapolis Metro Transit system.

Choose from either the bus routes or the trains, and take advantage of a daily pass that provides 24 hours of unlimited rides on all buses and metro lines for only $6.

For help in determining how to get from one location to another, use the Metro Transit trip planner tool.

Cheap Eats

You won’t go hungry in Minneapolis – that much we know for sure! Roam around the city to discover a wealth of delicious, cheap eats inspired by tastes from around the globe.

  1. For a taste of Italy, check out Fat Lorenzo’s – an award-winning, nationally recognized locally owned Twin Cities favorite. Stop in for famous pizza, pasta, hoagies, and gelato.
  2. Enjoy fresh Vietnamese dishes at the lovely Lotus To Go Go for a filling, cheap lunch (most entrees and lunch items are under $10).
  3. Devour one of the best burgers in the city at the home of the original Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar. A Minneapolis landmark, a pint and a burger at Matt’s is a must. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere and the tasty treats!
  4. Get your fill of local, organic goodness – with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options – at the lovely Birchwood Cafe. Birchwood offers fresh, unique food with a down-home appeal that’s sure to please.


As with any city that’s new to you, it’s a great idea to start your explorations simply by walking around! Get out for an adventure and see what there is to see – it’ll help you become more familiar with the city, as well as identify a few of your own ‘must-see’ destinations you can work into the rest of your trip.

While on your walk, be sure to check out some of Minneapolis’ notable parks, including city gems like Gold Medal Park and Minnehaha Park.

We also recommend taking in a few of the city’s well known landmarks, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Target Field, the Riverview Theater and the Mill City Museum.

What are some of your favorite tips for visiting Minneapolis on a budget?

Free (or Low Cost) Things to Do in Cincinnati.

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With so much to see and do, Cincinnati really is an exciting city to visit. And best of all: accommodations, attractions, and things to do don’t need to break the bank on your next visit!

With 2 InTown Suites locations to choose from (one in Cincinnati and one in the nearby Fairfield) you’ll have no problem finding affordable accommodations. Read on to discover the top things you can see and do in Cincinnati for free (or, almost free!).

Take a Walk Over the Purple People Bridge.

Get out of your suite and stretch your legs with a walk over the beautiful Ohio River. The Purple People Bridge is an 1886 former railroad bridge, carefully restored into a pedestrian-only route connecting two states – the longest bridge of its kind in the country. Be sure to pack the camera with you – the views from the bridge are absolutely stunning.

Marvel at Eden Park’s Stunning Views.

Home to many well known attractions (the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Krohn Conservatory, and more), Eden Park is one of the most sought-after parks in Cincinnati. Cost-free, enjoy stunning views, the Hinkle Magnolia Garden (including a picturesque gazebo, memorial tree groves and paths), Mirror Lake, and the famous Bettman Fountain. Pack a picnic and head out for a beautiful day in Eden Park; be sure to check out the Krohn Conservatory while you’re there!

Admire Beautiful Artwork at the Taft Museum.

Located in downtown Cincinnati, the Taft Museum of Art offers free admission on Wednesdays your enjoyment. Housed in a Greek Revival mansion, the building itself is worthy of a visit. Here you’ll enjoy thousands of important works, including those by Ingres, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, and Whistler. Taft is also well known for its collection of Limoges enamels, 19th century American paintings, and European decorative arts.

Come Face to Face with Animals at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The second oldest zoo in the United States, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to many fascinating breeding programs for cheetahs, Malayan tigers, Masai giraffes, and more. Although not free of charge, buying your tickets online will save a couple dollars ($16 per adult or $11 per child for general admission). Enjoy encounters with dozens of fascinating animals, from birds, to reptiles, mammals and more!

Browse Through the Findlay Market.

Founded in 1852, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously running public market, making it the perfect place to peruse. Grab an open table and simply people watch, or enjoy shopping for delicious eats, artisan gifts, flowers, beer, wine, and much more! 

Learn About Local History at the Spring Grove Cemetery.

Though a cemetery may not be the most typical attraction in a city, the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati is a must-see for new visitors. The second oldest planned cemetery in the United States, Spring Grove is a peaceful haven that offers 12 ponds, breathtaking Gothic monuments, as well as one of the best collections of flowering trees available here in the Midwest.

A visit to Cincinnati, Ohio, doesn’t have to break the bank. Stay with us at InTown Suites and enjoy plenty of free or low-cost activities and things to do in Cincinnati. No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to be entertained.

For more ideas on what to do in Cincinnati, including other amenities, restaurants and shops nearby, check out the Area Guide tab on our Cincinnati Northwest Short Term Housing page.

Enjoy your stay!

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