Outdoor Activities in Minneapolis, MN
Located south of the Twin Cities in the suburb is the perfect place for a girls' day out, Burnsville's Buck Hill. For the few months that the snow disappears you'll find yourself in heaven with scenic hiking and biking trails along with pretty views which are perfect to admire during an outdoor picnic. But when winter comes, so do the activities and scenery. The several ski trails open, ranging from beginner to expert a Half Pipe for freestyle snowboarders. Ladies looking to improve their ski or riding moves can take lessons for both sports. Buck hill also has a fabulous tubing hill just for the fun of it. Activity prices won't break the bank and if you don't own your own gear, rentals are available. What makes this ski hill special is the fact that it’s Lindsey Vonn's childhood terrain.
Theodore Wirth Park in Golden Valley, just south of Minneapolis, is the largest regional park in the Minneapolis Park System with 759 acres of year-round recreational activities including fishing, boating, volleyball, walking trails, golf, hiking, and biking. Winter months bring snow play includes snowshoeing, tubing and cross country skiing, which includes classic and skate options depending upon the weather and trail grooming. There’s a practice areaProfessional snowboarding instructors are available for lessons.
Year after year, the Twin Cities looks forward to the opening of the Minneapolis Farmers Market. This huge colorful outdoor market seems to go on forever while farmers of all types display nearly every type of fresh fruit and vegetable you can imagine. You’ll find rows of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, zucchini, potatoes, radishes and fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes. Oftentimes tasty samples and cooking demonstrations are offered. In the non-edible arena, the colorful floral bouquets and hanging pots are too beautiful not to load up your truck with. This is a “don’t miss” event that starts in spring and runs to autumn.
When it comes to winter and ice skating, there is not doubt Twin Cities offers the best! Even if you don't have a frozen lake or pond in your backyard, downtown St. Paul turns into a spectacular winter wonderland during the cold months with lights, decorations and, the best, St. Paul's Rice Park’s free outdoor ice skating rink which makes for a inexpensive girls day or evening out. Afterward stop into the nearby warming hut for a cup of hot chocolate and snacks. A really fun time to stop by is during the annual St. Paul Winter Carnival when the festivities are non-stop. But even after the snow had melted and the festival is long-gone, this park makes for a great walking tour considering it's surrounded by downtown's gorgeous architecture and bussling ambiance.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is one of the best free attractions that the Twin Cities provides for residents and visitors. This iconic attraction has been going strong for over 100 years. While there are indoor exhibits, the spring and summer are perfect for viewing the outdoor animal exhibits, including Polar Bears, and colorful botanical gardens, playing miniature-golf or taking a whirl on the historic carousel. Admission is free, but a small donation is recommended. Nearby is the 347 acre Como Park which is equipped with gaming fields and courts, a golf course, pool, and picnic areas – so pack a picnic for your excursion.