Minneapolis can be regarded as a winter wonderland if you know the right activities to embark on when braving the frigid temperatures. From sledding to Timerberwolves games, there’s a bevy of ways to make a weekend in the Mini-Apple memorable. If you’re headed to Minneapolis this winter and are calling a cozy Stay Alfred travel apartment home, you’re sure to enjoy the guide below.
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Minnesota is called the land of 10,000 lakes for nothing. And in the winter, as temperatures drop, some of those lakes freeze up into perfectly skate-able rinks. Minneapolis boasts 24 parks, citywide, with outdoor ice skating rinks. Many of them also have skates available for rent. Check out an entire list of outdoor skating rinks here.
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Ski by Candlelight
Minnesota is rife with opportunities for cross country skiing, but don’t feel limited by the shorter days. You can find a number of ski-by-candlelight events With gorgeous twilight views and trails lit up by luminaries, these events are sure to be a memorable winter activity. Check out this year’s schedule here.
Get Toasty in a Sauna
Let’s be real here. It can get pretty cold in the Twin Cities in winter. And if you find being outdoors leaves you will a chill you can’t quite shake, we’d recommend stopping by a sauna to remind you what summer feels like. Check out 612 Sauna Society, a local co-op with a mobile sauna that travels around the city in the winter.
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Stop by the Winter Carnival
The St.Paul Winter Carnival is only a stone’s throw from Minneapolis and is well worth the visit. The carnival features a number of breathtaking snow and ice sculptures and traditional Minnesotan foods to appease hungry bellies. The carnival is held in late January/early February of each year.
Bowl a little
Wintertime calls for fun activities that can be done indoors, which makes bowling the perfect activity for below-freezing days. If you’re really feeling like leaning into being a true Minnesotan, enjoy a Juicy Lucy burger while hitting strikes. You can find Elise’s bowling lane and bar 8-minutes drive away from Stay Alfred on South Fourth Street.
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Hit the (indoor) links
Sure, the multiple inches of snow on the ground make it hard to get a round of 9-holes in outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend an afternoon working out the kinks in your swing. Insert, Topgolf. Topgolf is a great place for food, drinks, and golf. Don’t worry, everyone from beginners to seasoned pros can enjoy Topgolf. Check out more information here.