5 Ways to to Enjoy Minneapolis This Winter
Winter tends to cause a bit of cabin fever at the best of times, and after this past year, plenty of people are looking for fun things to do, especially outside. In some cases you’ll find fun things to do outdoors for just long enough to shake off the winter cobwebs without freezing. In other cases, you’ll find ways to get out of your MN new homes for a little while before heading back with something fun and new to enjoy. So here are 5 tips to enjoy the most of Minneapolis this winter.
- Enjoy the Parks and Gardens. Minneapolis is known as the City By Nature, so bundle up and get out and enjoy some of Mother Nature’s bounty. There are a number of parks and gardens available to explore including the Mississippi River Gorge Regional Park, Gold Medal Park, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, and Nokomis East Gateway Gardens.
- Hiking and Biking. There are plenty of trails for those who want to get outdoors and get the blood pumping a little more than just from walking around parks and gardens. Minneapolis is full of great bike paths and trails, plenty of them with fantastic scenery. You can use your own bike or try the Nice Ride bike share program. Among the bike trails are the Chain of Lakes, Midtown Greenway, and the Minneapolis East and West River Parkways. For those who prefer to go by foot, hiking through nature, Minnehaha Falls/Minnehaha Creek Trail is hugely popular and widely accessible for all ages and abilities. There’s also Lake Nokomis Trail, Lake Harriet/Lyndale Rose Garden and Peace Park, and the Warehouse District/North Loop.
- Take a Photo Tour of the City. Minneapolis has plenty of Instagramable sights and sites, ranging from waterfalls to truly fantastic murals. You can even find lists online of some of the city’s must-see murals. Why not head out on the streets with some sort of camera and take in the beauty of the city. You may even want to print and frame some of your photos to hand in your new homes.
- Grab Some Takeaway. While you’re out taking photos, stop in at some of the local coffee shops for warm cups of coffee and delicious bakery treats available for takeaway. At the end of the day, whether you’ve been walking, biking, or hiking, place a takeout order from a local restaurant to take home so you can relax and enjoy a great meal after a full day.
- Read A Book. Support your local book stores during these challenging times and get some great books in the process. While some stores aren’t currently open for regular browsing, they are open in the sense that you can order from them, they’ll prepare your order and then text you when you can come pick up your order. Moon Palace Books is one such place. Once Upon a Crime offers curbside pickup and delivery for those who can’t get enough of mystery fiction. Finally, Eat My Words is a used and rare bookshop specializing in Minnesotan authors and artists. They’re currently letting customers in in small numbers and following strict social distancing guidelines and sanitation, but what better place to get a chance to properly browse and potentially find a real and rare gem of a book or work of art.
These are just a handful of ways to enjoy all that Minneapolis has to offer. There are ghost tours, self-guided city tours, online museum options, and online local shopping to explore, so you can get out and get some fresh air and find some great books and food, or stay home and get some great delivery of items to make your MN new homes even nicer. Whatever you choose, stay safe!