Minnesota Winter Activities

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Minnesota winter activities begin when familiar landmarks receive a winter coat of soft snow and the tree branches change from green to glittery white. We strap on snowshoes and head into the woods and fields for a new look at Minnesota's beauty.

As soon as the temperature drops, Minnesota ski resorts begin making snow. Minnesota resorts and lodges that have catered to our summer visitors now open their doors to those seeking winter outdoor activities or who just want a cozy getaway.

Our family loves ice fishing as you can tell from the smiles on our son and grandson's faces.

Explore your favorite destinations to get ideas about what you can do in winter on your Minnesota Vacations

Minnesota Winter activities are so much fun however we are always careful to be prepared for winter when we are on the road with a winter survival kit.

As soon as the first flakes of snow fall, most kids grab a sled and head for the nearest hill. When the lakes and ponds freeze over even tiny tots don blades and get ready to learn how to ice skate

Many of us joyfully revert to childhood as we loft a snowball at a friend, make an "angel" in the snow, or build a snow person in the back yard.

Having children and grandchildren gives us even more of an excuse to do what we wanted to do anyway.

If you love our state in summer, Minnesota winter vacations are a good reason to visit Minnesota again. Choose from a list of winter sports to help decide what kind of winter vacation you want.

Many of us think winter is the most exciting of Minnesota seasons. We check the winter forecast, brush up on our safe winter driving tips, and head out to participate in some Minnesota winter festivities.

Our transformed landscape sets the stage for Minnesota winter activities. The trails we hike in summer are groomed to become cross-country ski trails in winter. Picturesque rolling hills now provide a rush of sleds and toboggans. With the change in scenery comes a change in our mood and we begin to plan our winter-time Minnesota vacations.

Minnesota winter festivals take place all across the state. The biggest, and most well known, is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Other Minnesota towns host a wide variety of winter activities,festivals and carnivals.

Favorite Minnesota Winter Activities 

When the winter temperatures drop, a few Minnesotans curl up by the fireplace to wait for spring.

Winter joy comes for those who venture outside to take a walk in crunchy, new-fallen snow, to ice-skate, sled, snowmobile, and ski. Here are a few ideas for Minnesota winter activity:

Our long list of winter sports will give you even more ideas about how to enjoy a Minnesota winter.

10 Best Winter Vacation Spots are the places to really celebrate winter.

Minnesota is a very different place in winter. Getting out on the roads and highways to travel to our winter activities requires a little bit of extra thought. Here are some winter driving safety tips to help you plan ahead and keep you safe during your Minnesota visit.

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Minnesota Winter Festivals

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

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