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Explore Minnesota

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Seasonal Activitites

Winter
  • Artsy
  • Culinary
  • Family
  • Outdoorsy
  • Events
  • Artsy

    • Discover Minnesota's Hidden-Gem Museums
      Discover Minnesota's Hidden-Gem Museums

      Minnesota is full of incredible, hidden-in-plain-sight museums. You just need to know where to look.

      Go Exploring
    • Celebrate the Life of Prince
      Celebrate the Life of Prince

      Admired by music critics and beloved by millions around the world, Prince was born, grew up and decided to stay in Minnesota for most of his 57 years.

      Trace Prince's Footsteps
    • Take a Learning Vacation
      Take a Learning Vacation

      From night sky photography courses to weekend weaving workshops, learning vacations make Minnesota your classroom.

      Hone Your Craft
    • Explore Minnesota's Performing Arts Scene
      Explore Minnesota's Performing Arts Scene

      While New York is synonymous with Broadway, and California is home to Hollywood, Minnesota has earned its rightful place among these theatrical heavyweights.

      See a show
  • Culinary

    • Meet Minnesota's Most Iconic Meal
      Meet Minnesota's Most Iconic Meal

      Take a cheeseburger, but instead of putting the cheese on top, stuff it inside the patty. The result is called a Juicy Lucy, and it's one food you have to try during your Minnesota vacation.

      Take a Bite
    • Explore These Twin Cities Food Halls
      Explore These Twin Cities Food Halls

      The national food hall phenomenon has arrived in Minneapolis-St. Paul with a vengeance, coming in a wide variety of inventive iterations to attract the masses.

      Taste the Flavors
    • Hot Drinks for Winter Weather
      Hot Drinks for Winter Weather

      After hitting the slopes, riding the trails or attending an outdoor festival in Minnesota this winter, sipping something warm will taste twice as delicious.

      Take a Sip
    • Cozy Minnesota Restaurants
      Cozy Minnesota Restaurants

      Thanks to their warm hospitality, comforting food and lack of pretense, these charmingly cozy kitchens are ideal for a winter meal with someone important in your life.

      Get Cozy
  • Family

    • Indoor Water Parks in Minnesota
      Indoor Water Parks in Minnesota

      Just because the sun isn't out doesn't mean the swimsuits and beach towels have to go back into storage. Indoor water parks are a popular destination in Minnesota, and they're open year-round.

      Make a Splash
    • Minnesota Sledding & Snow Tubing Hills
      Minnesota Sledding & Snow Tubing Hills

      There’s something magical about riding down a hill on a sled or tube, and opportunities to ride sleds and tubes down snowy hills can be found in all regions of the state.

      Hit the hills
    • Glide onto These Great Ice Skating Rinks
      Glide onto These Great Ice Skating Rinks

      Whether you want to practice your Flying V or polish your toe pick, Minnesota’s outdoor ice skating rinks are the perfect surface for winter fun.

      Lace up your skates
    • Seek Out These Kid-Friendly Attractions
      Seek Out These Kid-Friendly Attractions

      Minnesota is raising the bar on its well-earned reputation for family- and kid-friendly activities. Several best-in-class attractions have recently joined an already impressive roster of family-oriented facilities.

      Go Exploring
  • Outdoorsy

    • Cross-Country Skiing 101
      Cross-Country Skiing 101

      Cross-country skiing is a singular winter experience unlike anything else. It’s challenging and meditative, silent and rhythmic, beautiful and humbling: The perfect way to embrace a Minnesota winter in all its snowy wonder.

      Get Skiing
    • Get Hooked on Minnesota Ice Fishing
      Get Hooked on Minnesota Ice Fishing

      Stay at a nice resort, eat a delicious breakfast, take heated ice transportation to your fish house. When you arrive, the fish house is on fish, the thermostat is set at 70 degrees, and the holes are drilled and cleaned. You’re ready to fish.

      Get Hooked
    • Go Fat Biking in an Abandoned Mine
      Go Fat Biking in an Abandoned Mine

      Cuyuna's now-dormant iron mines closed for good back in 1984, but over the past 10 years, something unexpected happened. Something magical. The mines were reborn as mountain bike trails, and they're open all winter long.

      Hit the Trail
    • Explore Minnesota Slopes
      Explore Minnesota Slopes

      Minnesota’s slopes offer affordable adventure close to home for Midwestern skiers and snowboarders, including several destination downhill resorts featuring some of the biggest hills in the Midwest.

      Hit the slopes
  • Events

    • 48 Essential Minnesota Events
      48 Essential Minnesota Events

      Whether you're into art, animals or ice fishing, you're sure to find an event worth traveling for this year in Minnesota.

      Take a Trip
    • Duluth Lights Up for the Holidays
      Duluth Lights Up for the Holidays

      In Minnesota, you know the holiday season has begun when Bentleyville opens in Duluth, an annual tradition that draws close to 250,000 people to see the twinkling lights from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

      See the Show
    • Holiday Train Rolls into Minnesota
      Holiday Train Rolls into Minnesota

      The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in more than two-dozen Minnesota towns on its annual ride through the northern U.S., bringing live entertainment and Christmas cheer in exchange for donations to local food banks.

      All Aboard
    • 12 Days of Holiday Celebrations
      12 Days of Holiday Celebrations

      The holidays are a magical time in Minnesota. With fresh snow, towering pines, holiday lights displays and festive events, you will find numerous events to get you in the holiday spirit.

      Read more
    • Bentleyville Tour of Lights
      Bentleyville Tour of Lights

      Each winter, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights transforms the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth into an illuminated winter wonderland with colorful displays and holiday music.

      Walk through Christmas Town

More Reasons to

  • 7 Ways to Winter

    From skiing to snowmobiling to urban adventures, options for fun in the snow are practically endless in Minnesota.

    Embrace the Snow
  • Main Street Shopping

    In Minnesota's historic downtowns, you'll find unique stores, locally made gifts, and a pace that makes shopping feel like a getaway rather than a to-do list.

    Take a Stroll
  • Fun Winter Festivals

    From frozen turkey bowling to ice bars to golf on ice, we don't hide from winter weather in Minnesota, we celebrate it!

    Have Some Fun
  • Hit the Sauna

    This winter, embrace the season’s slower pace and spirit of rejuvenation with a trip to the sauna or spa.

    Get Sweaty
  • Have Fun Indoors

    If snow days leave you longing for sunnier ones, you’ll find plenty of ways to partake in summer’s many splendors from the comfort of the great indoors.

    Stay Warm
  • Go Dog Sledding

    Winter transforms Minnesota's famous Boundary Waters into a forested cathedral of ice, snow and silence, offering an adventure like no other.

    Say Mush!
  • Hop on a Sled

    Snowmobiling in Minnesota means sailing over the snow, breathing in crisp, clean air, and taking in the majesty of a winter’s day.

    Go Full Throttle
  • Embrace Hygge Season

    Hygge (pronounced HEW-guh) encompasses the coziness, comradery and contentment that have long been tenets of winter in Minnesota.

    Get Cozy

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