The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
225 S. 3rd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Ice skating is a simple activity that requires minimal preparation time, and because there are so many lakes in Minnesota, there’s a good chance that you can ice skate near your house. Should you decide to venture onto a pond or lake, take precautions to ensure that the ice is thick enough for the activity. Want to head out to a rink? Look for local community rinks, or consider checking out The Depot in downtown Minneapolis for a unique experience.
Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, so it would be a shame to miss out on this good ol’ Minnesota pastime. Using a house, ice fishing can be done in the dead of winter. Or, with warm enough temperatures, fishers can simply wait for fish in the un-sheltered sunshine. As is the case with ice skating listed above, ice fishers should be sure that the ice is thick enough before venturing out. In addition, keep in mind that ice fishing requires a fishing license from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Most bait shops sell them.
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Carver Park Reserve
7025 Victoria Drive
Victoria, MN 55386
Cross-country skiing is a great end-of-winter activity because it will help you break out of those winter blues. Not only will you be able to soak up the sunshine, but you’ll also get some physical activity. Both are great to help rev you up for the coming spring and summer months. Consider checking out local parks for cross-country trails and rentals, such as the Carver Park Reserve. Always check the park conditions website before heading out to ski.
Baker Park Reserve
2309 Baker Park Road
Maple Plain, MN 55359
Snowshoeing will provide many of the same benefits as cross-country skiing — you’ll be able to soak up a healthy dose of vitamin D while experiencing the great outdoors and exercising, all at the same time. Many of the parks in the Three Rivers Park District rent snowshoeing equipment. Consider checking out the Baker Park Reserve for more than five miles of snowshoeing trails. Reference the Three Rivers Park District website for other parks that have snowshoeing trails.
15400 Buck Hill Road
Burnsville, MN 55306
There are plenty of places to ski in Minnesota, but Buck Hill is a favorite of many locals. Located south of the Twin Cities, the ski hill has 16 runs, including a half pipe and freestyle park, black diamonds and beginner hills. Snow tubing also is available at Buck Hill. Always check the snow conditions on the website before heading out to the park.
Kristyn Gansen is a freelance writer covering all things Minneapolis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.