Top 5 Winter Outdoor Activities In The Twin Cities

Dated: January 4 2021

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2020 has been anything but normal. With the coronavirus still raging throughout the country, Twin Cities residents are trying to figure out ways to safely enjoy the winter season.

Don't worry, we've put together our top picks for socially distance friendly outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy. So bundle up, head outside and get your play on!

Go cross-country skiing 

Minnesota is a mecca for winter sports. With thousands of trails made for cross-country skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, you won't have to travel far for jaw-dropping panoramic views Minnesota is famous for. 

 

New to cross-country skiing? No problem. Elm Creek Park is a local Twin Cities favorite, with over 4,900 acres of well-groomed ski trails. Ski rentals, food, and hot beverages are also available on-site.

Experience dog sledding 

Try the exhilarating experience of dog sledding and take in the beauty of winter in Minnesota without having to make a trip up to the North Shore. Call HHH Ranch to book your pack of sled dogs for a solo or group ride with the family. Then, stick around after your ride to learn about the ranch’s husky rescue work and even get some playtime with Balto’s little brothers and sisters.

Take the family sledding

Sledding is another activity the whole family will love. Take that old toboggan out of storage and head on over to Theodore Wirth Park, Sunset Hill, or Columbia Golf Club for some seriously steep and sled-worthy hills. Here's a list of 15 Minnesota hills perfect for sledding.

Go on a hike

Local Twin Cities parks come alive after the snow falls and temperatures drop. It's the perfect time to throw on your hiking boots and hit the trails. While many park trails get outfitted for cross country skiing during the winter months, there's still plenty of miles for hikers to enjoy. Take in stunning views as you wander through snowy woods and across frozen lakes. 

 

Local gems include Lebanon Hills, Fort Snelling, Pike Island and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. 

Roast backyard s'mores

Keep it close to home. Grab everything you need from your local grocery store and bring the family together around a crackling fire for some yummy s’mores! It’s a relaxing way to shed off the stress from a hectic work or school week.

No matter what you do, winter in the Twin Cities is one of the best times of the year to experience and appreciate the land of 10,000 lakes in all its beauty. Discover more Twin Cities living tips and home improvement advice from the real estate professionals at RE/MAX Advantage Plus here!

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