Top 5 Winter Adventures to Explore
There’s no end to wintry fun in Twin Cities Gateway! From skijoring and sleigh rides to snowshoeing and ice castles, you’ll find just about every winter activity imaginable. Check out our list of the top five winter adventures to explore!
1. Grab Your Pup and Try Skijoring
Head to Bunker Hills Regional Park, where you can go skiing or snowshoeing or combine winter sports and spending time with your furry best friend!
Bunker Hills Regional Park is home to 12 miles of skijoring trails to enjoy the sport that combines cross-country skiing and dog sledding with your pup! More than eight kilometers of groomed trail meanders through the oaks, pines and prairie in the western portion of the park.
2. Bundle Up and Go Fat Biking
Take your love of biking to the snowy season at the fat tire biking trails at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve in Lino Lakes. The 3.2 kilometers of trails include plenty of space for biking and cross-country skiing!
3. Take a Candlelit Snowshoe Stroll
Bring yourself, a friend, or your whole family on an evening stroll through the trail at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. Naturalists will guide your way with the cozy glow of lantern light on the trails, and let you warm your hands over a fire. If conditions allow, you may rent or bring your own snowshoes!
4. Enjoy a Sleigh Ride
Experience winter trails in a new way! Sleigh rides are available at Bunker Park Stable. With a variety of sleighs to suit any group or occasion, take a ride on the 2-4-person Antique Sleigh, a 14-person Red Bench Seat Sleigh, and two 25-person Flatbed Sleighs. The Antique Sleigh ride is half an hour and the larger sleighs are approximately 45-minute-long rides. Reservations are necessary and COVID protocols are in place to ensure all visitors and staff are safe and healthy.
5. Capture 20-foot Ice Castles before they melt.
Twenty million pounds of ice are sculpted and shaped into technicolor slides, fountains, and tunnels at Brent Christensen’s annual pop-up, which is built, icicle by icicle, in just six North American cities every winter. Its latest Minnesota locale — after stints in Stillwater, Excelsior, and Eden Prairie — is at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. Standby tickets are sold throughout the week, but reservations are highly recommended. Anyone looking for lower prices and leaner crowds should secure a spot during the week, when general admission is $12.99 for anyone 12 and up, and $9.99 for children between the ages of 4 and 11.
Extend Your Adventure - Where to Stay
Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast
Cozy up in between your winter adventures with a few nights at Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast in Anoka!
This Queen Anne Victorian home, built in 1867, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the northwestern “just around the corner” from all of the cultural and major sporting events the Twin Cities have to offer.
Guests can enjoy the peacefulness of the porches, the warmth of the fireplaces in the parlor or library, the sunshine streaming in the conservatory, or a game of billiards.
With comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms, you’re certain to enjoy your stay at Ticknor Hill. All guest rooms include breakfast and private bath with shower. Additionally, the rooms are smoke free and air conditioned for your health and comfort.
Best Western Plus at the National Sports Center
For an active adventure launchpad, plan a stay at Best Western Plus at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Located across the street from the National Sports Center, the hotel offers Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast, swimming pools, spa, fitness center, game room, free WIFI, business center with computer, copy and fax, sofa sleepers in all rooms and refrigerator/microwaves in all rooms!
In addition, Best Western Plus has a flexible meeting room space and a hotel shuttle to accommodate your every need!
Holiday Inn Express® Hotel of Coon Rapids – Blaine
For a comfy, family friendly and budget-friendly stay, head to Holiday Inn Express® hotel of Coon Rapids – Blaine.
From The National Sports Center and Schwan Super ice-skating rink to Northtown Mall, a number of attractions are located just minutes from the hotel’s property. Staying near downtown Minneapolis makes it easy to enjoy a night in the Twin Cities.
The location near Minneapolis is just one of many perks you’ll enjoy at the Holiday Inn Express® hotel of Coon Rapids – Blaine. Upon entering the hotel, you’ll be warmly welcomed by friendly staff. Enjoy a complimentary, hot Express Start Breakfast Bar every morning. When you’re not exploring Coon Rapids, the hotel’s indoor, heated pool, whirlpool and 24-hour fitness center help you unwind and relax.
Looking for more places to stay? Well, you’re in luck, because the Twin Cities Gateway is home to 23 great hotels with health and safety protocols in place to keep you safe and healthy, that are all conveniently located within minutes of all favorite Twin Cities activities and attractions.