Top Things to do in Minneapolis During the Winter

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 10:48am.

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Minneapolis is a busy place during the winter season. It’s one of the best places to live in the winter season due to the plethora of winter recreational activities to enjoy. People are active with snowmobiling, skiing, checking out the Como Zoo’s Polar Bear and so much more. Here is a look at the favorites around Minneapolis during the winter.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter recreational activities in Minneapolis. You’ll find people enjoying the slopes whether they are beginners or experienced. Within an hour of Minneapolis you can try amazing hills like Afton Alps, the largest local hill and Theodore Wirth, a small hill located in the city. For a serious mountain experience, check out Lutsen Mountains, just four hours north of Minneapolis.


The hills in Minneapolis are a great way to enjoy some sledding with the whole family. Minneapolis and St. Paul don’t have a ton of hilly terrain but there are some sledding hills around the area including the Columbia Golf Course and Theodore Wirth Park. You can check out parks like Matthews, Powderhorn and Fuller but they are unofficial sledding areas with more hazardous conditions including trees and lakes.

Ice Climbing

Did you know Minneapolis residents climb frozen waterfalls in the winter? Waterfalls and springs over cliffs freeze into columns of ice that people climb. You just need boots, crampons, ice tools and protection against falling. Try it at Banning State Park in Sandstone, located just two hours north of the city.


Winter hikes around the parks of Minneapolis are a great time in the winter. Try Fort Snelling State Park and Minnehaha Park for a beautiful winter hike.

Como Zoo

Residents love to check out the Polar Bear at the Como Zoo in the winter. The animals move indoors in the winter but the polar bears love the cold which brings them outdoors all season. You can enjoy them with the caribou outside while heading indoors to see the tropical animals and plants.

Along with these winter favorites around Minneapolis, try curling, snowkiting, and winter skating at Rice Park.

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