A little cold doesn’t phase Minnesotans.
The temperatures may be falling, but the Twin Cities are the place to be this winter. Minneapolis and St. Paul are thriving with energy, arts and entertainment, and even set to host to the Superbowl this February.
Don’t miss one of these fun things to do:
1. Grab a Bite
The Midtown Global Market is a local favorite; an indoor internationally themed public market. Grab Indian, Swedish, Vietnamese, Mexican or Moroccan food among tons of options, and top it off with a sweet treat. The Market also regularly hosts local musicians for free entertainment while you shop. Park across the street and get an hour of free parking with validation.
2. Embrace the Season
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival has been a lively, uniquely Minnesotan tradition for over 130 years. Set to run January 25th through February 10th this year, most events are free, open to the public, and take place right in downtown St. Paul. Take in sparkling ice carvings in St. Paul’s Rice Park, catch one of three parades, play a chilly game of disc golf, or have some fun in the snow. It’s 17 days of nonstop fun.
3. Pay Tribute to a Local Legend
Prince was one of us. He always called Minnesota home, telling Oprah, “It’s so cold it keeps the bad people out.” You can learn more about the music legend through a tour of Paisley Park, his production complex and private estate in Chanhassen. Complete with never before seen artifacts from his personal collection, it’s a perfect winter activity for a chilly day. Just be sure to buy your ticket in advance.
4. Play Hockey the way Nature Intended
You can’t get more Minnesotan than pond hockey. For a decade, Minneapolis’ Lake Nokomis has played host to the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, this year set for Jan. 25-28. Enter a team into one of seven divisions, or watch along with the crowd. If your team isn’t ready for competition (yet), you can always practice at one of many outdoor skating rinks in the area.
5. No Superbowl Ticket? No Problem!
Minneapolis will host the Superbowl this February for the first time in 25 years, at the nearly brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. As such, it’s no small event, and visitors are expected to flock north from all over, even if they don’t have a ticket to the big game. Leading up to the event, the Super Bowl will host a free 10-day fan festival along Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall, with music from Idina Menzel, The Revolution, Dessa, Soul Asylum, Bob Mould and more. Across the Mississippi, St. Paul is even planning events around the game, including a super slide at CHS Field.
At Steven Scott Management, we’ve known the Twin Cities were a big deal for a long time– even in the winter. We’re glad others are starting to notice, too. Minnesota consistently ranks highly in media lists ranking “best places to live,” and with good reason. One winter here, and you might fall in love.
When you do, we have the perfect place for you to call home.