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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Four Great Winter Activities to Get Your Family Outdoors in Saint Paul

Don’t let the snow keep you indoors this winter. Bundle up the kids and get ready to kick that cabin fever as your family enjoys all the great winter activities, programs, and events Saint Paul has to offer.

Ice Skating

Ice Rink Locations
Saint Paul has fourteen locations with general skating rinks, as well as the Winter Skate refrigerated rink at Landmark Plaza and three refrigerated hockey rinks located at Phalen, North Dale, and Palace recreation centers. At the time of this post, North Dale, Palace, and Landmark Plaza are open, as well as several other rinks throughout the city. There is no cost to skate at Saint Paul ice rinks. For information on rink conditions, warming facility times, additional locations, and other information, visit the Ice Rink page.

Skating Lessons
For those who aren’t ready to hit the rink on their own just yet, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers skating lessons at Groveland, Langford Park, Phalen, North Dale, North West Como and Palace ice rinks. Children will learn all the fundamentals, including forward and backward skating, stopping, and falling safely. Lessons begin in January and online registration is available.

Family Skating Parties

Create memories at a Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Family Skating Party this winter! Parties take place in January at Hayden Heights, Phalen, Langford Park, North Dale, and North West Como recreation centers. Additional activities vary by location, but may include winter arts and crafts, snow games, hot chocolate, snacks, bonfires, snowshoeing and other winter themed activities. Family Skating Parties are free of charge. More information can be found online, or by calling the recreation center.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is a great way to have fun outdoors and get a full body workout at the same time. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers groomed cross country trails for classic and skate skiing at Como Park Ski Center, Highland 9 Golf Course, and Phalen Golf Course. There is no cost to cross country ski with your own equipment. Cross country ski rentals and lessons are available at Como Park Ski Center. For cross country trail maps, conditions, and more information, visit the cross country ski website.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Who says you have to leave town to have a great time on the slopes? The Como Park Ski Center features two rope tows and a 150 foot vertical drop on 15 skiable acres. The Como Park Ski Chalet offers a warm retreat with restrooms, concessions and rental equipment. Snowboard and downhill skiing lessons are available in December and January for ages four and up. For hours, admission prices, rental rates, and other information, visit the Como Park Ski Center website.

Sledding Hills 

Feel the wind in your hair and the chill on your cheeks as you glide down a slope of fresh powder at a Saint Paul sledding hill. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers fourteen great sledding hills located at parks and recreation centers around the city. Hill slopes range from gentle to steep. There is no cost to slide. Check out a map and full list of locations on the sledding hill website.

Other Winter Activities
We could have listed 100 great winter activities in Saint Paul, but we will let you browse the rest yourself in our Winter/Spring Activity Brochure. Inside you will find more fun family programs and events such as Snow Cave Making, Geocaching on Snowshoes, Family Snowman Making, Ice Fishing, and more! Registration is available online for many activities.

Bonus: The Como Park Zoo is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Hours are 10am-4pm through March. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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