Top Five Things to Do In: The Twin Cities

As you may have known, we’re all very passionate about travel here at World Endeavors. Whether we’re taking in the sights for ourselves or helping others travel abroad, we just can’t get enough. Although, while we enjoy everything from the excitement of packing to the joy of stepping foot in a new city, nothing compares to that feeling of coming back home. There’s a certain calm in returning to familiar places and being greeted by your loved ones. While not all of us grew up here, we feel pretty lucky to call Minneapolis our home. With plenty of things to do and see (even during the harsh winters), it’s hard to complain. In celebration of this “City of Lakes” we call home, we’re sharing our top five favorite winter events/activities in the Twin Cities.

 

1. Red Bull Crashed Ice

January 24th, 2015 / 6:45 pm CST

Cathedral of Saint Paul / St. Paul, Minnesota 

Crashed Ice 2013 in St. Paul / Image via MPR News

Crashed Ice 2013 in St. Paul / Image via MPR News

Known for being one of the most beautiful and intense winter sporting events in the world, Red Bull Crashed Ice is not something you’ll want to miss out on. In the event, skaters race on a downhill track, featuring jumps and obstacles, in an effort to be one of the two finalists to move on to the next round. The first competition will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, from which the qualifying skaters will move on to compete in Helsinki, Finland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and, finally, Edmonton, Canada.

2. Luminary Loppet

January 31st, 2015 / First start time: 6:00 pm CST

Lake of the Isles / Minneapolis, MN

All are welcome to participate in (or view) this breathtaking event on Lake of the Isles. Participants walk, ski, or snowshoe around the lake, guided only by small, beautiful luminaries carefully scattered about. The event also features ice sculptures, fire dancers, and a Post-Luminary Party (complete with live music and treats)!

Luminary Loppet / Image via Flickr

Luminary Loppet / Image via Flickr

3. St. Paul Winter Carnival

January 4th, 2015 – February 1st, 2015

Events located throughout St. Paul, Minnesota 

With events taking place throughout the month of January, the St. Paul Winter Carnival has something for everyone. Events include ice carvings at Rice Park, three parades, a snow park with a giant snow slide, a winter beer festival, and ice palaces. Be sure to bundle up for all events! It can get a bit chilly at times…

4. Ice Skating at the Depot

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel / Minneapolis, Minnesota 

What winter to-do list would be complete without ice skating? With floor-to-ceiling glass walls and beautiful views of the city, the Depot Ice Rink has been named one of the top places to ice skate in North America. Once you’ve finished showing off your moves on the ice, head over to the concessions to warm up with some hot chocolate.
Tip: Visit on Thursdays with your military or college ID and receive $2 off your admission.

5. U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

January 16th, 2015 – January 18th, 2015

Lake Nokomis / Minneapolis, MN

For three days each year, Lake Nokomis turns into a giant arena, welcoming men and women from around the world. The event celebrates community and a shared love of playing hockey “the way nature intended”. Since the first tournament in 2007, the event has garnered national and global attention, and has been covered by both ESPN and Sports Illustrated. If you have a passion for hockey, or even a passion for sports in general, the U.S. Pond Hockey Tournament is an event you’re sure to love.

US Pond Hockey Championships 2009 / Photo: Brett Quiggle (via Flickr)

US Pond Hockey Championships 2009 / Photo: Brett Quiggle (via Flickr)

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