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Twin Cities Outdoors content is organized by activity first, then county. Whether you’re a resident or visitor, you’ll be able to find what to do and where to do it quickly and easily.

The two main criteria for including activities in Twin Cities Outdoors are:

  • They’re nature-based
  • They’re human-powered
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Hiking in William O’Brien State Park, Washington County

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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Hike & Run

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.

Click here to explore Twin Cities hiking and running trails…


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.

Click here to explore Twin Cities campgrounds…

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A lovely wooded campsite at Lebanon Hills Campground, Dakota County


The Twin Cities was named America’s Best Place to Bike-Commute Year-Round by It’s not only a great place to commute, but to bike for fun, too.

Click here to explore Twin Cities bike trails…


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!

Click here to explore Twin Cities paddling places…

Ski & Shoe

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!

Click here to explore Twin Cities cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails…

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Cross country skiing at Bunker Hills Golf Course, Anoka County

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…


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.

Click here to explore local education resources…

Health & Fitness

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.

Click here to explore Health & Fitness topics…

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Biking at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Anoka County

Outdoor Recreation Resources & Organizations

Minnesota has some of the best outdoor recreation resources in the country. We’ll also connect you up with some national organizations doing amazing work for all of us.


We’ll list events that are human-powered and nature-based you may be interested in joining or just watching.


Nature-based outdoor volunteering opportunities are right here in the Twin Cities area.