5 Things to Do in Winter in MN: MN Winter Activities
Winter in MN may be a while longer, but there are plenty of things to do and MN winter activities to enjoy the Minnesota winter. Whether you want to keep warm by the fire or get out and enjoy the season, try one of these ways to enjoy winter in Minnesota.
- Stay cozy by the fire: Check in to a romantic lodge or cozy hotel and enjoy a Weekend Away by the fire. On the MN North Shore, check into the Baptism River Inn bed and breakfast and warm up by the large stone fireplace or in the Finnish sauna. At Larsmont Cottages near Two Harbors, MN rooms include fireplaces and are nearby the resort’s Ledge Rock Grill for a cozy fireside dinner. In the south, check in for a weekend at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN, and cozy up to the Boardroom Suite’s in-room fireplace or head upstairs to enjoy dinner and drinks by the fire at Jimmy’s Pub. On the Gunflint Trail, check into a cabin with a wood-burning fireplace and private sauna. You won’t want to stay indoors too long here, though!
- Ski by candlelight: Head to a state park to enjoy candlelight skiing. Mille Lacs Kathio, Zippel Bay, Buffalo River, Jay Cooke, St. Croix and Father Hennepin State Parks are just a few of the parks offering candlelight ski events. Some events include a mix of easy and more difficult trails, refreshments and bonfires to warm up after.
- Learn to snowshoe: If you’ve ever imagined yourself hiking across mounds of snow, this winter is the time to try snowshoeing. Many Minnesota State Parks offer snowshoe rentals for a small fee, as well as learning events and guided hikes. Or rent a pair from a local sporting goods store.
Take your shoes and head north, to the Boundary Waters area. Catch a glimpse of untouched nature in the winter, and you may even see a moose! On the North Shore, try a snowshoe hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. Some of the most popular sections of the trail offer frozen waterfalls and spectacular overlooks of Lake Superior. In the south, head to the river bluffs. Frontenac State Park offers wintertime activities with views of the frozen river.
- Hit the slopes: Even in years when we have limited snow in Minnesota, count on Minnesota’s ski slopes to have plenty to offer all winter. Don’t let the winter go by without hitting the slopes. Try one of these top places to ski in Minnesota, or check into one of Minnesota’s top ski resorts to make it a Weekend Away. Lutsen Resort, Caribou Highlands Lodge and Giants Ridge are a few MN resorts offering a complete weekend of family ski activities.
- Make a splash: Hit the waterpark and have a taste of summer even in the midst of winter. Head indoors at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, MN. The 12,000 square foot Northwoods themed park offers options for all ages, including water geysers, a toddler slide, basketball hoops, a lazy river and an 18-person whirlpool with a waterfall. At Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, the 38,000 square foot waterpark features three four-story tall waterslides, basketball hoops, a lazy river, whirlpool and children’s play area with water cannons, geysers and a 500-gallon splash bucket.
In Minneapolis, participate in the City of Lakes Luminary Loppet. Thousands of luminaries light the trail around Lake of the Isles.
Remember to avoid snowshoeing across groomed cross-country ski trails.
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