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Head Outdoors to Visit Como Park or Lake Minnetonka
Enjoy the thrills of the outdoors on your next trip through the Twin Cities, where you'll find a seemingly endless array of parks and lakes.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are both metropolitan cities, but still feature a sizable amount of outdoor fun – most notably, the 11,000-acre Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
The summer is perfect for a visit to Lake Minnetonka. Drive in from nearby Plymouth and enjoy 125 miles of shoreline with fishing and boating opportunities abounds.
From Burnsville, you'll want to check out the Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. This is one of the premier destinations in the state for exceptional, if not challenging, cross-country skiing.
Just north of St. Paul, White Bear Lake makes its home on the shores of, well, White Bear Lake. Make the short drive from St. Paul or Oakdale for a bounty of largemouth bass, yellow perch, and northern pike.
Don't miss the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, slicing right through Minneapolis. Another terrific spot for fishing, enjoy a fine picnic with the family, or explore on foot along some of the hiking and walking trails.
During the winter, you’ll take advantage of the cold temperatures and freshly laid snow at Como Park Ski Center. Drive in from Saint Cloud or Bloomington and hit the slopes. Como Lake is set next to the ski area and is another of the sterling fishing options in the area.
Head out to St. Paul this winter and warm yourself up with 15 skiable acres, over three miles of finely groomed cross-country trails, and lessons for people of all ages and skill levels at Como Park Ski Center. Take your snowmobile out along 100 miles of trails at Blackduck Stumpjumpers Snowmobile Club.
Much of the history of snowmobiling can be traced to Thief River Falls, which is the birthplace of Polaris Industries. Check out the selection of one of the great snowmobile dealers in the country at Cannon Power Sports in Cannon Falls. When you’re done shopping at Cannon, use the 10 miles of trails at Goodhue County Trails to test it out. Just because it’s cold and snowy in the winter doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.