How to Enjoy MinneSNOWta in the Winter

Here in MinneSNOWta we have to embrace the long winter months. Here is a list of our favorite winter activities to get you through the long, cold months. 

  • Explore the trails: go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or just for a snow hike with the family. 
  • Spend a day ice skating.
  • Visit Elm Creek Park: Bring your favorite pet to Elm Creek Park where they have designated trails for dog sledding or head over to their tubing hill (they have a 10-story moving sidewalk you can ride up the hill before hopping on a tube and gliding down the hill). 
  • Check out the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the United States. 
  • Try Curling. Did you know the U.S. Men’s championship curling team was from Duluth?
  • Cheer on the home team. Check out a Minnesota Wild hockey game at the Xcel Center or a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game at the Target Center. 
  • Hit the slopes. Afton Alps, Buck Hill, Hyland Hills, Welch Village, and Wild Mountain are all within 1 hour of the Twin Cities. 
  • Visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and immerse yourself in greenery and 70OF temperatures to escape the cold. 
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