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Enjoy Minnesota outdoor activities in every season.

Fun Minnesota recreation opportunities will keep you active, fit and healthy.

Whether you are a visitor to Minnesota or a resident of our lovely state, you can find an exciting adventure or restful outdoor activity.

Paddle a canoe or kayak, hike, bike, swim, and enjoy any one of a hundred other outdoor activities in Minnesota.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Minnesota Outdoor Activities: Spring

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

Minnesota fishing is enjoyed by people of every age and announces the start of our annual escape to the lakes. From the fishing opener in early May through winter ice fishing residents and visitors alike rate fishing as one of the top attractions in Minnesota.

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Fishing Minnesota lakes and rivers is a family tradition; a tradition we are passing on to the next generation! Fishing is enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages.

Fishing is a major recreational pursuit in our state. More fishing licenses are sold in Minnesota than in any other state.

Minnesota fishing resorts will help you plan a vacation of a lifetime. Fish from a chartered boat on one of our major lakes or just toss a line in from the riverbank or a dock.

Minnesota resorts and lodges have boats, canoes and pontoon boats for rent. Minnesota outdoor activities that include some time fishing are sooo relaxing.

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Minnesota Outdoor Activities: Summer

Family summer vacations might find you in one of our amazing Minnesota State Parks. The warm weather always finds us eager to begin another camping season.

Minnesota Outdoor Activities

With five children to raise, we needed low cost ways to enjoy the outdoors together. Camping was the perfect solution. Campgrounds in Minnesota can be found in our beautiful state parks as well as hundreds of private campgrounds. Daily fees are minimal and the amenities unsurpassed! Create your camping list and head out to some of these beautiful places.

Summer Activities for Kids: is another entire page dedicated to ideas for summer fun for the family. Many of these ideas are for activities that are free or very inexpensive.

Many of us look forward to swimming and water sports in summer. With 10,000 + lakes in Minnesota, we have hundreds of lovely beaches. Here is a list of what we consider to be the Top 10 Minnesota Beaches.

Horseback Riding in Minnesota: Many state parks have horse-riding camps where you can take a trail ride. We also offer a list of places where you can get riding lessons. 

Minnesota Outdoor Activities: Autumn

Minnesota Outdoor Activities

Minnesota autumn scenery provides the excuse to get out into the woods and backroads to be amazed and inspired.

Minnesota fall festivals and events will take you to celebrations of our harvest and our heritage. A fall winery tour is a delightful couple's getaway.

Minnesota wildlife viewing is likely to be an added bonus to your leaf-looking excursion. Out state is home to a wonderful and wild assortment of creatures. The forests are inhabited by moose and deer, bears and wolves, otters and badgers, lynx and mountain lions, songbirds, eagles, snowy owls, fish by the hundreds of species and so much more!

Relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Wherever you are in our state, you will find yourself near great Minnesota trails that will take you into the wilds...the best place to discover our autumn paradise and the wildlife that lives there.

Minnesota Outdoor Activities: Winter

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Minnesota winters are not a time to hide by the fireplace. This state is geared for winter fun.

Learn to ice skate. Minnesota and ice skating are a natural combination. When I was a child as soon as the lakes would freeze over we would grab shovels in one hand and skates in the other and off we would go to clear an area for skating. Of course, the state is amply supplied with both indoor and outdoor rinks as well for skaters who want to make a try for the Olympics or just simply experience the thrills and spills of this wonderful winter activity.

Though we lack "real" mountains, we have enough hilly terrain to accommodate lots of skiing and snowboarding. I learned to ski on "Detroit Mountain," near Detroit Lakes.Other places to indulge your downhill skiing passion are Lutsen, Afton, Buck Hills and other Minnesota Ski Resorts

Most large parks in Minnesota have groomed trails for cross-country skiing.

Snowshoe in Minnesota, go sledding, and rev up your snowmobile.

Dogsledding tours are available in many parts of the state and you can learn to take your own dog skijoring.

Enjoy Minnesota winter festivals and, by all means, get out and do some ice fishing.

Check out this complete list of winter sports to find more ways to enjoy year-round Minnesota winter activities.

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