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5 Winter Activities to do in Minnesota

Skiing, ice-skating, and snowboarding are all famous activities to do in the winter. But, what else is there to do? Minnesota can be really cold during the winter, (understatement of the year?) and it’s normal to think that there’s not much to do other than sit around and read books. So, for those eager to go out and explore snowy Minnesota here’s a compiled list of 5 Winter Activities to do In Minnesota.

1. Visit the Holidazzle Village

Located in Downtown Minneapolis the Holidazzle starts off on November 28th with a parade, fireworks, lights, and a whole lot of singing. Although the parade only happens, to open up the festivities, the celebration continues. Take a stroll down Nicolette Avenue with family and friends, and you will come across the Holidazzle Village. It’s free of charge, and takes place from November 28th to December 21st. We bet we’ll be “dazzled”!

2. Go to Bentleyville,”Tour of Lights”

A successful and annual event in Duluth, MN. Be ready to be really cold!! Due to the Lake Effect Duluth is always a bit chillier than the Twin Cities.

If you decide to go to Bentleyville (which we totally recommend you do), put on extra layers and be ready to have fun! It takes about an hour to go through all the tour. But, people usually take up more time to stop for hot cocoa and cookies served throughout the tour. There is also the option of getting marshmallows, which you can enjoy over a fire with some hot cider. However, don’t take our word for it! Go, and let us know what you think!

3. Snowmobiling

After doing some research on where to do this, we came up that Ely, MN was one of the best places to go snowmobiling in. The trails seem to be famous, and one of them cross over three state forests! There are several options as to how long you can decide to go. For example, the 170 mile Taconite Trail, or the 80 mile Tomahawk Trail, both of them providing amazing scenic routes. There are other several options to choose from, of course, but those two seem to be the most famous ones.

4. Skijoring and Dog Sledding

What is Skijoring you ask? Well, if you’ve ski or dog sled before, you probably already have a good idea. Basically, Skijoring is skiing while you have a dog pull on you. Almost like a mix of dog sledding and skiing, if you will. There are six different parks at which you can do this at. All of them are under the link provided by the Three Rivers Park District. All six of them have different trails, and distances you can choose from.

5. Participate in the Saint Paul Winter Carnaval

This Carnival takes on a little later in the year. Starting off on January 22nd and resuming on February 1st, the Carnival is filled with family-fun, day-to-day activities. Mostly all taking place in Rice Park, you can expect a day with up to 23 different events all going on throughout the day. So, you can pick and choose whichever you want to go to!

The story behind the St. Paul Winter Carnival stars with a New York journalist describing St.Paul as “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation” during winter. Offended by the journalist’s remark, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove otherwise, thus the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

So, dear reader that’s where we end our post. Have you done or are thinking about doing any of these activities? Let us know, and until next time!

50 Places in Minnesota to Celebrate 4th of July, 2014

Fireworks @ Taste of Minnesota, Saint Paul
“Photo Credit: “Fireworks @ Taste of Minnesota, Saint Paul” © 2007 by Tony Webster (CC BY 2.0)

Can you believe America is turning 238 years old in 2014? We’d swear she doesn’t look a day over 237. Well, anyway, as the good old US of A gets ready to celebrate Independence Day once again, you’re probably preparing your picnic baskets and poppers for the holiday. Minnesota is bursting with events over the next couple of days, and if you have yet to make 4th of July plans, look no further than at the information below. First, find your nearest city in the table (scroll past the map) and click on an event name to see the parades, concerts, festivals and dazzling fireworks displays happening in that area. Then, click on the corresponding event name in the map for specific location details.

Near the Twin Cities




1 Red, White & Boom Minneapolis
2 4th of July Celebration Powderhorn Park
3 Freedom Days Apple Valley
4 Blaine Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza Blaine
5 Summer Fete Bloomington
6 4th of July Celebration Chanhassen
7 July 4th Funfest Eagan
8 4th of July Hometown Celebration Eden Prairie
9 Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Edina
10 4th of July Celebration Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka
11 Independence Day Celebration Fort Snelling
12 Pan-O-Prog Lakeville
13 4th of July Richfield
14 July 4th Fireworks Celebration St. Louis Park
15 Manitou Days White Bear Lake

Greater Minnesota

16 Delano 4th of July Celebration Delano
17 Fireworks on Garrison Bay Garrison
18 4th of July Fireworks Sleepy Eye
19 4th of July Celebration Albert Lea
20 67th Annual 4th of July Fireworks St. Cloud
21 Detroit Lakes Fireworks Display Detroit Lakes
22 4th of July Celebration Elysian
23 MSUM 4th of July Celebration Moorhead
24 4th of July Celebration Keewatin
25 4th of July Celebration Erhard
26 Hometown 4th of July Park Rapids
27 4th of July Fireworks Over Lake Waconia Lake Waconia
28 4th of July Celebration Hill City
29 Stars and Stripes Day Fourth of July Celebration Pequot Lakes
30 Old-fashioned Fourth of July Worthington
31 4th of July Parade Grand Marais
32 Lakefest 4th of July Festival Waseca
33 4th of July Celebration Moose Lake
34 Fourth Fest 2014 Duluth
35 Fourth of July Celebration Eveleth
36 Crosslake Celebrates America – 44th Annual Fireworks Crosslake
37 4th of July American Celebration Brainerd
38 Spectacular Fireworks Fairmont
39 Harmony’s 4th of July Celebration Harmony
40 Fourth of July Celebration Stillwater
41 Old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration St. Peter
42 4th of July Veterans’ Celebration Cloquet
43 Old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration Baudette
44 4th of July Fireworks on Pokegama Lake Grand Rapids
45 4th of July Celebration Biwabik
46 Patriotic 4th of July Celebration New Ulm
47 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Crane Lake
48 4th of July Parade Afton
49 Annandale 4th of July Annandale
50 Walker 4th of July Walker


Plan on attending any of these celebrations? Did we miss the event happening near you? Let us know in the comments!