Four Seasons of Fun : Wish You Were Here : University of Minnesota

Four Seasons

Four Seasons of Fun

With four distinct seasons and an abundance of natural resources, the Twin Cities area provides a rich array of recreational activities.

Imagine a city with 22 lakes and a metropolitan area with more than 1,000 lakes—and you can begin to get a sense of Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. A 13.3 mile biking/walking/jogging path connects Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes, providing many beautiful settings for a variety of activities. Each major lake is encircled by two separate paths. One path is for biking and rollerblading in spring, summer, and fall and for cross-country skiing in winter. The second path is for pedestrians and joggers year round (this path does get plowed during the winter!).

Major city lakes have lifeguard-protected sand beaches, docks for sailboats, canoes, and kayaks, and fishing year-round. There are outdoor concerts and plays during the summer at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and other park venues, and ice skating in the winter.

A full four seasons of fun— and the seasons generally are not quite as extreme as some may think!

Urban Parks + Trails

The Chain of Lakes

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Minneapolis Downtown Riverfront

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

Minnehaha Park and Falls

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Zoo

Saint Paul Division of Parks and Recreation

Theodore Wirth Park

Three Rivers Park District

Off-Leash Dog Parks

Local Off-Leash Dog Parks and Areas

Minneapolis Off-Leash Dog Parks

St. Paul Off-Leash Dog Park

Historical Sites

Alexander Ramsey House

Eidem Homestead

Historic Fort Snelling

Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakotah Life

James J. Hill House

Mill City Museum

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Sibley House


Afton Alps

Buck Hill

Hyland Hills

State Cross-Country Trails


Welch Village

Wild Mountain

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Video: Richard Martinez, Assistant Professor, Department of Chicano Studies, at the Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River on his way to the University. (click on video to play)


Table: Average high temperatures for the Twin Cities, from

Did You Know?

The 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area runs through the Twin Cities.

The Grand Rounds, a National Scenic Byway, is a system of trails, paths, and roadways in a unique urban setting. The regional parks system includes 46 regional parks and park reserves and 22 trails.

For four seasons fun beyond the Metro area please consult the Explore Minnesota Web site.