Looking for a fun way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion? Here are 10 activities the gang will love!
A weekend with friends enjoying the great outdoors? Yes, please! We’ll show you how to have snow much fun in Minnesota’s Winter Spot!
Start your afternoon adventures at Theodore Wirth Regional Park. This 740-acre park is THE place to go for winter sports. We recommend hopping on a fat tire bike and exploring the miles of snow-covered trails. The Loppet Foundation grooms and maintains three singletrack fat-tire biking and snowshoeing trails, ranging from easy to advanced. Additional fat biking trails, managed by Minnesota Off Road Cyclists, range from intermediate to extreme.
If cross-country skiing is more your style, Theodore Wirth offers World Cup class skiing with miles of groomed and single-track ski trails. Whether you prefer skate style or classical skiing, you’ll enjoy the variety of ski options, from open sections with spectacular views of downtown Minneapolis to wooded trails overlooking scenic lakes.
For dinner, it’s on to Punch Bowl Social for some serious foodertainment and real-world funning. Punch Bowl is known for their legendary punches, craft beverages (with or without booze) and scratch kitchen food that’s fit for foodies including shareables, salads, tacos, burgers and sandwiches. With endless gaming options, Punch Bowl has a little something for everyone. You’ll have a blast playing ping pong, billiards, bocce ball, Giant Scrabble, Giant Jenga, bonzini, foosball or bowling. Would-be singing sensations will love their karaoke room and they even have a vintage arcade. Bonus: they’re open until 2 am on weekends!
Conveniently located at the West End, The Loop offers classic American brunch options. Choose from buttermilk pancakes served with fresh berries, bacon & eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos and several vegetarian options. Their signature breakfast sandwich features house-made breakfast sausage and a sweet kick of tabasco honey. Be sure to add an order of their house-made mini cinnamon rolls – they’re perfect for sharing!
After a leisurely brunch, it’s game on! First stop is the ROC in St. Louis Park for some open pond hockey on the outdoor covered ice rink. There’s nothing better than the sound of hockey sticks clashing against each other and pucks hitting the wooden boards. Rental skates are available.
Then it’s off to Brookview Golf & Lawn Bowling for some winter disc golf. Will you throw an elusive ace (aka a hole in one)? Broowkview features two 18-hole disc golf courses for double the fun and rental discs are just $6 for a set of three.
Feeling hungry? Grab a sandwich with onion rings or fries from Brookview’s Three One Six Bar + Grill. They serve American classics and craft brews, plus they have an outdoor firepit for chasing away the winter chill.
Take a trip to “Skunk Hollow” – St. Louis Park’s unofficial distillery district. Stop in at Dampfwerk Distillery for a tour and tasting. This family-owned distillery specializes in German-style fruit brandies and liqueurs, as well as gin and aquavit. Next, stroll across the parking lot to Copperwing Distillery where you can sample their award-winning Vodskey, a bourbon mash distilled like vodka, and FRESAS, their strawberry gin.
The Park Tavern has been a landmark destination for over 60 years. Try their award-winning burgers and made-to-order pizzas, or splurge on the prime rib special with mashed potatoes. Want to catch the hockey game? The main dining room features wall-to-wall TV screens! At 9 pm, the lights go down and it’s time to hit the alley – the bowling alley, that is – for all-you-can-bowl cosmic bowling! Have a nightcap in the 11th Frame Bar, shoot some pool, play vintage arcade games and try your hand at darts.
Start your final morning in town at a neighborhood institution – Bunny’s Bar & Grill. It’s a popular weekend breakfast spot that often has lines out the door. Order one of their signature skillet scrambles – scrambled eggs and American fries topped with melted Monterey jack-cheddar cheese, bacon and more. The biscuits and sausage gravy and cinnamon fritter French toast are also popular choices. Plus, enjoy a complimentary Bloody Mary, screwdriver or juice.
Explore the great outdoors! Rent a pair of snowshoes at Westwood Hills Nature Center, a 160-acre nature area featuring marsh, woods, and restored prairie. With more than 3 miles of groomed trails, Westwood offers ample opportunities for wildlife spotting. Or get in touch with Minnesota’s Nordic roots and take a traditional Norwegian kicksled out for a spin on Westwood Lake. Glide across the snow and ice with these wood and metal sleds. Take turns “driving” and riding. It’s a great way to get some exercise while getting back to nature.
Warm back up at REM5 VR Lab, Minnesota’s premier virtual reality lab and event space offering a state-of-the-art VR experience for all ages and interest levels. Relive your childhood with Snow Fortress, a game where you build snow forts and engage in epic snowball fights – all from the comfort of your VR pod. Other popular games include Synth Riders (a music rhythm game), Arizona Sunshine (fighting a zombie apocalypse), and Tilt Brush (painting in 3D). REM5 also serves delicious flatbread pizzas, shareables, and a variety of Minnesota-made beverages, including beer.
This is just a sampling of what you might do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. View our Experiences to help plan your trip!