Winter Indoors or Outdoors

Winter is upon us in Minneapolis, City by Nature, and we havent slowed down one bit. When the temperatures drop in Minneapolis, the excitement heats up plenty of awesome things to do both inside and out!



Don’t let cabin fever keep you in this winter, get out! Get out away, get outside, just get out! If you are an outdoor enthusiast, catch one of the many sporting shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center, then hike or snowshoe snow-covered trails and frozen lakes. 

Up for a challenge? Sign-up to participate in a competitive game of hockey at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Hockey not your thing? Not a problem! Conquer the elements one ski at a time in the City of Lakes Loppet. Make sure to stop by the Columbia store in Uptown to gear up for the Loppet's Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon and other winter festivities. 

Take the kids and head down to Theodore Wirth Park and receive the ultimate in winter recreation. Snowboard, cross-country ski, snow shoe, sled and tube; whatever way you like to get down a large hill, they've got it at Theo Wirth.

Get Active!

Looking to make the most of all of the winter activities? Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot turned a historic train shed into an indoor ice rink. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcase a beautiful view of the city skyline. Grab a hot chocolate and some food to refuel while you're not on the rink. Take advantage of these deals if you're thinking about staying at The Depot! 

Get Outside!

For the past four years thousands of people have flooded the streets of Saint Paul of Red Bull Crashed Ice and this year will be no different. February 3-4 Minnesota’s capitol city will host the ice cross downhill competition that marks the finale of the Red Bull Crashed Ice season. Spectators can take in the high-speed action that features skaters competing in four-man heats in a race to the bottom of a long ice track filled with obstacles. When the race is over, grab a Metro Transit Visitor Pass and jump on the Green Line to head back across the river to Minneapolis and warm up with hot deals at many of our fabulous hotels and restaurants.

Looking to stay outside? Head to the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival on February 4 to enjoy samples of the nation's best craft brews at the biggest outdoor beer festival in Minnesota. 



We get it, not everyone is a winter outdoor enthusiast. If a warm indoor space is more your speed, then explore our museums and uncover the foodie, arts and theater scene that Minneapolis has to offer.

Get Cozy!

Head to Mystic Lake Hotel & Casino and you'll find everything you need! Just 25 minutes from Minneapolis, Mystic Lake offers a variety of entertainment that will keep the winter doldrums at bay. Take advantage of their $99 hotel deal or enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast every Friday night at The Buffet. Make unlimited trips for bacon-wrapped filet mignon (that’s right unlimited bacon), then top your tater any way you like from the potato bar. Lastly, check out their calendar of events for hot entertainment all winter long! Mystic Lake Hotel & Casino is the perfect place for great food, top-notch entertainment and much-needed relaxation this winter!  

Get Cultured!

Grab your Metro Transit Visitor Pass and jump on the Green Line! Head over the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul, where you can travel all over the globe without leaving your Omnitheater seat. During Omnifest 2017, the Omnitheater’s popular giant screen film festival, five films run in rotation, giving viewers a chance to see old favorites from years past along with brand new films. While you’re at the museum, visit their brand new exhibit Sportsology, which takes a deeper dive into what it is that allows us to kick a soccer ball or swing a tennis racket. Learn how physiology, physics and nutrition all work together to give us the ability to run, jump or swim!   

If contemporary art is more of your interest, stop by the Walker Art Center. Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater and music performances, as well as film screenings. 

Indoors or out, in Minneapolis, we know how to experience winter to the fullest.