Things to Do in Minnesota
MN Activities: Things to Do Across the State
Find four seasons of things to do across the state of Minnesota – on land or on lake, by bike or by boat, on the course or on the slopes.
Step back in history to a preserved historic village at Montevideo, MN's Historic Chippewa City. Walk through 24 restored buildings dating back to the late 1800's resting on 20 acres with one of the most extensive antique collections you may ever see.
Minnesota may not have mountains, but we do have great rock climbing spots throughout the state. If you're looking for a vertical adventure, find a certified guide to try one of these three climbing hot spots located throughout the state.
The Superior Hiking Trail is a go-to destination year round. With scenic vistas and varying levels of difficulty, there are numerous options for a day hike or a backpacking excursion. Plan one of these five great hikes into your North Shore visit.
In the state where golfing is only possible half the year – or less – Minnesota golfers takes full advantage of the warm weather months to get out on the courses. But don't just make it a day. Book one of these top golf getaways for your next golfing trip.
Every region of the state has distinctive parks. What state park should you try for the best waterfalls? Most unique place to stay? The best classic park feel? Or maybe you'd like to scuba dive? Try one (or all) of these great state parks - which one will be your favorite?
Spring is in the air and it's time to get out of the house and see the first blooms of the season at spring flower shows. Macy's Spring Flower Show and the Como Conservatory are annual favorites to enjoy the brilliant colors and scents of the season.
Spring is arriving in MN and there are plenty of things to do to mark the season. Head outside to enjoy the warmer air and enjoy flower shows, birding, maple syrup events and spring nature tours to mark the changing of the seasons.
For just one night a year, Minneapolis' panoramic skyline comes into view from the top of the tallest point in town. Rising over the tree tops, the Prospect Park Water Tower, nicknamed the "Witch's Hat," has elicited mystery for nearly a century.
If you're looking to ice fishing but don't want to invest in all the gear, some Minnesota resorts offer heated ice fishing house rentals right out of the lodge's front door – and even full equipment. These Minnesota resort ice fishing house rentals will get you on the ice in no time.
This winter hit the slopes to go downhill skiing! Whether you're new to skiing or an expert, looking for a family winter getaway or a romantic resort escape, MN has the slope for you. Try one of these top places to downhill ski in Minnesota.
Every January, thousands gather along the MN North Shore to be a part of the historic and legendary John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Today, the 400-mile race is one of the most prestigious and difficult sled dog marathons in the world.
With 10,000 lakes, it shouldn't be a surprise that its hard for us to stay away from the lakes even in the winter and that MN is also home to the world's largest charitable ice fishing compeition, The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, held each January on Gull Lake.
Duluth's Spirit Mountain offers an urban ski escape with runs for skiers of all abilities, and the largest snowboard terrain park in the Midwest. Away from the 22 different downhill runs, enjoy 22km of Nordic skiing and the park's new Timber Twister alpine roller coaster.
Find a unique Minnesota holiday gift or something special for that person who has everything in locally owned shops and galleries around the state. Make it a Weekend Getaway at one of these five holiday shopping and dining escapes.
It's winter in the city! Enjoy the season at Rice Park's Winter Skate outdoor rink. Located in downtown St. Paul next to the Landmark Center, Winter Skate offers an outdoor ice skating experience nearby shopping, dining, lodging and museums.
For more than 20 seasons, the Minneapolis Holidazzle Parade has delighted children and adults with its costumed characters, storybook themed floats and Santa Claus. Whether you've never been or you visit each year, it's a holiday tradition not to be missed.
For nearly 50 years, Macy's 8th Floor Auditorium holiday display has mesmerized visitors of all ages. Its annual A Day in the Life of an Elf animated Santaland theme, and a visit the jolly man himself, are a favorite MN holiday tradition.
When fall arrives it's time to plan an afternoon at an orchard. Minnesota is known for unique cold hardy apples – it's not fall if you don't bite into a Honeycrisp or the new SweeTango. If you're looking for an orchard to visit, here are five to try.
The grapes are ripe and harvest time is here at Minnesota's vineyards. This fall, head out to a wine tasting event at one of the state's top wineries and vineyards. Many hold harvest events, host live music and offer wine tastings to celebrate the season.
The best spot to get a pumpkin is straight from the patch. Across Minnesota, farms and orchards offer pick-your-own events all through the fall. Many host a range of fall activities including hay rides, petting zoos and corn mazes for the whole family.
As the air turns crisp and the leaves turn color, get out and enjoy fall across Minnesota. While almost everyone has gone for a drive in the country there are many other ways to get out to experience fall. Try one (or all?) of these five ways to enjoy the fall leaves . . .
Looking for the best locations enjoy the fall colors around the state? Every region of Minnesota offers a unique view of the fall leaves and plenty to do and see along the way. Here are some of the best destinations in each region to see the fall colors across the state.
When the air cools and the leaves turn, it's time to head out to the picturesque regions of the state and celebrate art. Head to one of these top art shows to see a variety of art, and enjoy local shopping, dining and recreation that will make a great Weekend Away.
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