5 Inexpensive Twin Cities Winter Activities

Minnesotans often struggle with a love/hate relationship with winter. The beauty of the snow-laden landscapes is oftentimes forgotten during the trials of shoveling driveways and sidewalks, slower traffic, lack of sunlight, and cold mornings trying to start your car. Finding fun things to to do in these cold months takes a bit of effort, but thankfully, we’ve come up with some ideas for you! Below are five must-do winter activities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to make winter little bit more bearable.

1. Wells Fargo WinterSkate (St. Paul)

WinterSkate is a great option for a date or a night out with your friends and family. This gorgeous skating arena is located in the heart of Downtown St. Paul and is open through February 3. Skate rental is a mere $4 per person, and Wells Fargo customers skate for free (simply show your credit or debit card at the entrance!).

2. Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) is home to over ninety thousand pieces of art and history. These works originate from six continents, and some even date back to as early as five thousand years ago. The MIA also hosts a variety of rotating exhibitions, tours, and programs that explore a wide range of diverse cultures. General admission is free, as are almost all of the unique events put on each month.

3. The Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

The Holidazzle celebration located near Downtown Minneapolis is an annual winter event held November 23rd through December 23rd. Enjoy lights, music, parades, holiday movies, food and beverages, live performances, and much more to get you in the holiday spirit. This fun and event is free an open to the public, and hundreds of friends and families enjoy the festivities every year.

4. Winter Carnival (St. Paul)

Enjoy sculptures, live entertainment, and all sorts of activities in the snow at what is heralded as the Twin Cities’ finest winter celebration. Enjoy refreshments from an ice bar and wander though light shows, parades, and ice palaces. Each year the carnival attracts nearly three hundred thousand visitors, and it’s a wonderful place to go with friends and family for a night out in the city. The event runs from January through early February.

5. Minnehaha Falls (Minneapolis)

One of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, Minnehaha Falls features colorful limestone bluffs, scenic river views, and a fifty-three foot waterfall, making it the perfect place for a photo op. During the winter months, the waterfall freezes and creates bright blue icicles that seem to glow blue, and they create hidden caves for you to explore. There are also many off-road paths and hiking trails for you (and your pets!) to walk through the winter wonderland.

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