Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro residents and visitors—find the best local places for all your outdoor recreation activities!
The two main criteria for including activities in Twin Cities Outdoors are:
- They’re nature-based
- They’re human-powered
Outdoors and on the move!
There are so many health benefits we get from both: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. More on that here…
There’s a reason the Twin Cities was named “fittest city in America” in 2017 by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation in their annual American Fitness Index. Minnesotans are active!
The Outdoor Industry Association’s 2016 Participation Report for our state tells us 70% of Minnesotans participate in outdoor recreation every year. That’s 21.4% more than the average American.
And while getting away to other parts of our state and to other parts of our country (and the world!) are wonderful, sometimes you want something right here near home.
When you’re looking at a couple hours, half a day, a weekend…we’ve got you covered!
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Hiking & Running Trails Near You
There are miles upon miles of trails in the Twin Cities metro for hiking, running and walking. Many of them are multi-purpose, but there are also many for foot traffic only.
Biking Trails Near You
The Twin Cities was named America’s Best Place to Bike-Commute Year-Round by OutsideOnline.com. It’s not only a great place to commute, but to bike for fun, too.
Kayak, Canoe and SUP Spots Near You
With over a thousand lakes, the three largest rivers in the state, and several smaller rivers in the metro area, there’s no shortage of paddling opportunities here!
Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails Near You
Don’t buy the myth that you have to hibernate indoors when the snow starts to fly and the temps drop! Many, many Minnesotans get outside just as often in our cold winters. You can join them!
Campgrounds Near You
Whether in a tent or RV there are a handful of camping options in the 7-county metro. So if you just have a night or two, or don’t want to get too far from home you’ll find something nearby.
More Resources for You
As we build Twin Cities Outdoors more and more we’ll continually be adding content to the blog and to these topics…
Outdoor Education Opportunities for All Ages
Learn how to kayak and SUP, how to cross-country ski and snowshoe. Find out the best outdoor recreation programs in our K-12 and post-secondary schools. Are you a home school family? We have educational resources for you, too.
Why Outdoor Activity is So Healthy
Being fit is about a healthy weight, yes, but also so much more. It’s one of the best things you can do for your whole person—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Health, fitness and outdoor recreation go hand-in-hand.
Local Outdoor Small Businesses
There are some wonderful independent outdoor small businesses in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area. Let’s support them by buying local!