From cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ice skating in the winter to swimming in lakes, golf swings and fishing in the summer, there isn't a season in Minnesota where you won't spend time outdoors!
6600 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033 Phone: (651) 436-1320
For over 50 years, Afton Alps has delighted the Twin Cities' families as one of the Midwest's premier winter destinations. With nearly 300 skiable acres, 48 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night. Accessible, affordable and fun, this big-time resort with a small-town feel has converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts' iconic western mountains, Afton Alps is truly the place where epic begins.
15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, MN 55306 Phone: (952) 435-7174
Serious winter fun is what it's all about at Buck Hill! Buck Hill offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing within 15 minutes of either downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul. Day or night, weekend or weekday, Buck Hill is buzzing with excitement. Buck Hill features the longest magic carpet in the USA featuring a covered bridge over another trail, making learning to ski and snowboard easier and more exciting than ever.
2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113 Phone: (651) 792-7007
The Guidant John Rose MN OVAL is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America with 110,000 square feet of refrigerated ice from November to March. The OVAL has a 400-meter speed skating track surrounding an infield ice area used for hockey or bandy. The OVAL is also used for inline skating and hosts an aggressive skate park from May to September and has hosted events such as World Cup Speedskating, World and National Bandy Championships, and Aggressive Skating and Biking competitions.
2520 Dale Street North, Roseville, MN 55113 Phone: (651) 765-4262
The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is an oasis nestled within the borders of Roseville's Central Park. On the grounds there is a boardwalk and trails that circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats. Come explore the marsh on the new boardwalk sections which are linked to the older sections, making for a nice long double loop.
8800 Chalet Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 Phone: (763) 694-7800
Winter sports enthusiasts love Hyland Hills Ski Area. Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Hyland Hills is the place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the metro area. Their terrain park is full of progressive and innovative features and they are known for some of the best snow making and grooming in the Midwest.
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 Phone: (952) 443-1400
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Walk the close gardens and bike, walk or drive Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections.
1700 105th Avenue Northeast, Blaine, MN 55449 Phone: (763) 785-5600
The National Sports Center is the world's largest amateur sports and meeting facility. The NSC campus operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions annually that in total draws over 4 million visitors a year.
Minneapolis, MN Phone: (877) 551-6423
Nice Ride is the Twin Cities' bike share system. Simply take a bike when you need one and return it to any station when you arrive at your destination and check out another one for the return trip. It's quick, easy and affordable.
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