11 Ways to Practice Social Distancing in Minneapolis This Winter

Our ideas for fun winter-related activities you can do while staying safe and social distancing in Minneapolis.



1. Get Active: Hiking, Biking and Running

Think we stop all outdoor activities once winter hits? Think again. Our winter wonderland is filled with people exploring on two wheels, gearing up for their daily run, and hitting the trails to catch some snow-filled sights. It's pretty majestic, if you ask us. Try some of our favorite scenic biking routes and the best running and hiking trails around Minneapolis. 

2. Enjoy Nature: Parks and Gardens

If you're not feeling much like heart-pumping physical exercise (we understand), try taking a stroll through any one of the city's best parks and public gardens. Best enjoyed on those bright, sunny winter days, we're not called the City by Nature for nothing. There's some things only Mother Nature can truly help!

3. Instagram Your Favorite Minneapolis Landmarks & Street Art

Fill up your friends' Instagram feed, with some of the most Instagrammable places in Minneapolis. From waterfalls, murals and sculptures to skylines, check out some of the city's best locations for the perfect Instagram photo. Minneapolis is also proud to be the home of talented artists leaving their mark on the city with beautiful public art. Walk through any neighborhood and you're bound to see a breathtaking masterpiece on electrical boxes, building walls and more. Lucky for you, we've curated a list of some of the best murals in the city, just to make it that much easier.

4. Seek Out Some Comfort Food

Cold temps and comfort food just go hand in hand. It's the time of year when we're craving foods that are warming and hearty. Check out where to get the best soul food, the best Mexican bakeries, and our top spots for a burger. Grab some takeout and get cozy!

5. Grab something cozy at these local coffee shops

Our Scandinavian roots have taught us a thing or two about hygge (you know, the Danish word that encompasses all things cozy?) and our coffee shops really take it to the next level. From steaming hot lattes to gooey cinnamon rolls the size of your face, our coffee shops will keep you full and caffeinated. Grab some takeout coffee and a pastry or two and take a stroll outside while your coffee keeps you warm.

6. Pick up a New Book

Many local bookstores are offering curbside and delivery options for their inventory and some are letting small groups of customers browse in-store. So start looking for that next great read that can be put to use as the perfect activity for cozy winter days. 

7. Do some online shopping at our local boutiques and stores

Support our local businesses and grab gifts or a little something for yourself at the same time. Pick out a new planner to get ahead of your 2021 goals, grab some local spices to get yourself back in the kitchen, or try out some local apparel if the same sweatpants just aren't cutting it anymore. Check out where to shop online.

8. Experience The Great Northern

Get outside and experience our favorite winter festival, happening January 28 - February 7, 2021. You'll find a cross-country ski festival, skijoring, dog sledding, a drive-thru ice and snow sculpture park, an ice finishing tournament, and more! 

9. Grab some takeout

You can still get your weekly sushi fix, Friday night pizza, game day wings, movie night fried rice, and any other delicious tradition you have in your household. Many of our restaurants are open for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup! Here's what's open for takeout in downtown Minneapolis. 

Why not make an evening of it? Book a little getaway at one of our downtown hotels, order some delicious food from nearby, and enjoy a change of scenery. Our hotels are taking extra precautions to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable stay.

10. Catch a virtual show, explore a museum from home, or try a new science experiment in your pajamas

Instead of searching for another show to binge, why not try something a little more interactive? Minneapolis has plenty of activities and online resources to keep you entertained. Many of our museums, theaters, music venues, comedy clubs, and escape rooms are offering virtual ways to keep you and your mind busy without having to leave your couch! Check out these virtual Minneapolis experiences.

11. Take a Tour

Tours are a great way to learn about the city's history and impress your friends with some interesting facts. Whether you prefer to take a self-guided tour, or you want someone to show you the ropes, we'll show you need to know about Minneapolis. 

For a self-guided tour, Ranger On Call provides a free program giving you the opportunity to hear the unique stories of our national park on the Mississippi River, using your phone.

For something a little different, check out Real Ghost Tours. You'll be led on a 90-minute walking tour of the St. Anthony Main neighborhood, just northeast of downtown Minneapolis. On each tour, you'll have your own audio equipment so you can hear the guide and learn about the history of Minneapolis. You'll also learn about real ghost sightings, hear about true-life stories, and maybe even experience some re-creations.