Guest Blog: Three Minneapolis Active Winter Vacation Ideas

Is your family climbing the cabin walls and clamoring for outdoor recreation?  Even in the dead of winter, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area has plenty to offer active vacationers. Here are three ways to cure your crew’s cabin fever with a quick trip to the Minneapolis Northwest region.

Young boy with Father Winter Ice FishingIs your family climbing the cabin walls and clamoring for outdoor recreation?  Even in the dead of winter, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area has plenty to offer active vacationers. Here are three ways to cure your crew’s cabin fever with a quick trip to the Minneapolis Northwest region.

1. Ice Fishing Vacation

The many metro lakes within easy driving distance of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park are a winter haven for ice fishing fans. Visitors coming for cold weather angling will find excellent fishing prospects within a short drive of one of the region’s comfortable hotels.

Scenic spots like Fish Lake Regional Park in Maple Grove offer ice fishing enthusiasts easy access to the ice and the chance to catch northern pike, crappie, walleye or bluegill.  Part of the fun of coming to our part of town is knowing that if the fishing’s slow on one lake, plenty of other ice fishing spots are waiting to be tested.

Here’s a link to more information on the metro lakes near Minneapolis Northwest.

  • Before you go: Contact your intended ice fishing destination for local rental information and regulations on ice fishing shelters, augers and other necessary equipment.
     

2. Snow Sports Vacation

Does your family thrive on finding great places to cross country ski or hit the slopes on a tube, skis or snowboard? This area’s many regional parks present exciting possibilities for a family snow sports vacation.

Eagle Lake Regional Park lures cross county skiers every winter, while Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area tempts tubers, alpine skiers and snowboarders to take a wild ride down the slopes. One more idea—Wirth Park in Minneapolis boasts fifteen miles of cross country ski trails suitable for beginners to pros.

Here’s an excellent guide to snow sports venues for your family to enjoy while vacationing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Pick the parks, pack the snow sports paraphernalia and make tracks this winter to the Twin Cities!

  • Before you go: Check the trail and slope conditions at your chosen park using the above link.
     

3. Ice Skating Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest

A cold, clear day, a scenic outdoor ice rink and a thermos filled with cocoa—these are key ingredients for a memorable day of ice skating in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis. You can build an entire vacation itinerary around outdoor ice skating here, thanks to the many parks with outdoor rinks in our area.

The City of Brooklyn Center, for example, offers skaters nine public parks with ice rinks. Think of the fun your young skaters will have gliding their way across the city’s outdoor rinks!  Right next door in Maple Grove, the city’s hardworking Parks & Recreation staff keep four ‘pleasure rinks’ in top shape for skaters.

  • Beforeyou go: Use the links above to check the hours for pleasure skating at each rink. Consider renting a rink after hours for a never-to-be-forgotten family skate party!

These are just a few of the ideas for creating a first-rate family vacation enjoying winter sports in the Minneapolis Northwest region. Break the curse of cabin fever with a trip to this snow sports heaven this winter.


About the Author
Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States.  Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations.

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