We know it's cold...but there's still lots to appreciate about Minneapolis in the winter. Whether you want to embrace the season like a true Minnesotan and get outside or prefer to stay cozy warm indoors, there won't be a shortage of things to do.
Find a unique-to-Minneapolis winter event to attend, take full advantage of the Great Northern Festival - an annual celebration of all things art and winter - or spend a day like a local by following our classic Minneapolis winter itinerary. But before you choose your adventure, grab your layers!
As long as you're bundled up, the cold is nothing to fear. Go ice skating, explore our frozen river and lakes, take a stroll through gorgeous snowy and urban paths, or embrace the local sauna and thermaculture.
We understand the cold isn't for everyone! There's plenty to do inside with the family, with friends, or solo. Minneapolis is home to renowned museums, the coziest coffee shops and cafes, and vibrant theaters and stadiums. There's so much to explore - and enjoy.
Getting around in the winter can be challenging. We've put together a guide with everything you need to know about parking and driving downtown, where to park for your events, and how to make the most out of public transportation in the winter.