From summer parks to winter ski trails, Minnesota is such a vibrant and varied city that visitors and locals alike have plenty to do all year around.
The breadth of things to see and do make the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ a perfect vacation destination. Here are the best things you can do in each season in the city.
Summer – Wild Mountain
This park is an essential stop if you are going to be visiting MN during the summer months. It’s an even better vacation spot if you have a family because of the vast array of activities on offer. The park boasts several huge waterslides, an artificial slow river and play area for kids but there is plenty on offer if have an aversion to water. You can race your friends and family on the track with go-carts, enjoy a picnic in the summer sun or hurtle down a 600-foot long alpine slide. If that’s not enough, there are also several courts for volleyball, kayak rentals and boat tours of the St. Croix River.
Autumn – Great River National Byway
Natives of the city will tell you they don’t like hot weather and also cold weather too. That makes fall a perfect time to visit when locals throw the majority of activities in the local area. But if you’re the type that likes Adventure Tours On A Budget, the best way to enjoy MN during these months is a quiet trip down the Great River National Byway. You’ll be able to observe fall’s spectacular changing scenery by packing up the car or your bike and travelling along the scenic byways. The path follows the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca State Park all the way to the southern border of the state. It also cuts through the Chippewa National Forest and the agricultural plains of central Minnesota
Winter – Brainerd Lakes
The best spot to head to in during winter is the Brainerd area, featuring a number of cross country ski trails, lakes (including the world’s largest charitable Ice Fishing Contest), and winter events that everyone will enjoy, young and old. One of the main attractions however is the snowmobile trips up the Paul Bunyan Trail to Pequot Lakes for something called the Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous. If you are a down hill ski and snowboard enthusiasts, Ski Gull is perfect for any family outing.
Spring – Canoeing
The nickname of Minnesota may be the ‘Land of 10,000 lakes’ but there are actually 11,000 lakes in the area with 90,000 miles of shoreline. That’s more than Hawaii, Florida and California combined. So spring is the perfect time to take a canoe out and enjoy the stunning natural scenery surrounding the city. If you’re really brave, you can jump into the icy waters during spring for the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge.