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Winter Lights: Resources to help you thrive in the winter: Outdoor activities

Suggestions

The suggestions below have come from library staff and participants of the Winter Lights series.  This page is updated after each session to add more idea.  

Have an idea to add?  Email it to Ann Zawistoski.

Sledding Hills in St. Paul

gentle hills

  • Frost Lake Park, 1518 E. Idaho Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55106
  • Griggs Field, 1188 Hubbard Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104
  • Margaret Park, 1109 Margaret St., Saint Paul, MN 55106
  • Orchard Field, 875 Orchard Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55103
  • Prosperity Park, 1371 Kennard St., Saint Paul, MN 55106

medium hills

  • Arlington/Arkwright Park, 1400 Arkwright St., Saint Paul, MN 55101
  • Como Ski Center/Como Golf Course, 1431 N. Lexington Pkwy., Saint Paul, MN 55103
  • Frogtown Farm &  Park, 946 Minnehaha Ave. W., Saint Paul, MN 55104
  • Highland Park (behind water tower), 1400 Highland Pkwy., Saint Paul, MN 55116
  • McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55117
  • Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104

steep hills

  • Baker Park, 209 W. Page St., Saint Paul, MN 55107
  • Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 S. Winthrop St., Saint Paul, MN 55119
  • Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy., Saint Paul, MN 55116
  • McMurray Fields, 1155 Jessamine Ave. W., Saint Paul, MN 55103

Cross-country ski trails

  • Como Golf Course (1431 Lexington Parkway North)
  • Highland 9 Golf Course (1797 Edgcumbe Road)
  • Phalen Golf Course (1615 Phalen Drive)

Other places to visit

Taylors Falls

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Outdoor winter festivals

Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

  • Lake Harriet Park, 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN
  • Free and open to the public.  Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, and a marshmallow roast.
  • Sat. Jan. 26, 2019
  • noon - 4 pm
     

Ice Skating

Wells Fargo WinterSkate in Downtown St. Paul

  • Landmark Plaza, 379 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN
  • Skating is free, skate rental is $4, or free with Wells Fargo debit or credit card
  • Nov. 17, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019
    Mon-Thurs: 11 am - 4:50 pm
    Fri-Sat: 11 am - 10 pm
    Sun: 11 am - 4:50 pm

Wells Fargo WinterSkate in Downtown Minneapolis

  • Loring Park, 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN
  • Skating and skate rentals are free
  • Nov. 15, 2018 - Mar. 4, 2019
    Mon-Fri: 3 pm - 9 pm
    Sat. 9 am - 9 pm
    Sun. 10 am - 6 pm

St. Paul skating rinks 

St. Paul has 14 outdoor general skating rinks at public parks.

Minneapolis skating rinks 

Minneapolis has 24 outdoor skating rinks at public parks. They provide ice skates free of charge.