Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is best known for wilderness canoeing. But winter transforms this magnificent landscape into a forested cathedral of ice, snow and silence, offering a wilderness experience like no other.
Minnesota is a winter haven for outdoor activities, theater, food and drink, seasonal festivals and more. Get out and win at winter with these unique activities.
For the second year in a row, Explore Minnesota, in partnership with Minneapolis-based Monopoint Media, is hosting a statewide scavenger hunt. Called “Checkpoint Minnesota,” the contest includes 12 checkpoints at iconic Minnesota winter destinations. Every participant receives a prize, with larger prizes available the more places you check in.
Nothing inspires that “I’m King of the World!” sensation quite like riding Lutsen Mountains’ red gondola high above the Poplar River and over the rocky crest of Moose Mountain. Yes, mountain. Minnesota may be known for its lakes and prairies, but the North Shore’s Sawtooth Mountains offer spectacular 1,000-foot drops and some of the Midwest’s biggest and best ski runs, with a bonus of dark green forests and Lake Superior’s steely winter blues as the backdrop.
With a little preparation and know-how, mountain biking and trail riding can be year-round pursuits in Minnesota.
Discover the beauty of Minnesota winter in a new way: from the back of a dogsled, on skis or snowshoes, or in the comfort of an ice fishing house.
Minnesota's thousands of miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails beckon trekkers.
With great downhill facilities that welcome everyone from beginners to pros, Minnesota is the place to get hooked on skiing and snowboarding for life.
Minnesota is the place to get hooked on snow sports for life. A great way to start is to try snow tubing.
Love to walk? There's no reason to stop in the winter. In fact, it's a great way to enjoy the special beauty of the season.
Ice fishing has been a favorite Minnesota pastime for many generations of anglers. This low tech, no fuss, boat-free, casual type of fishing has a special appeal all its own.