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We admit it: In years past, we’ve found ourselves tending to hibernate during Minnesota winters. But not in 2021. It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus outbreak ushered us all indoors, and, like the hardy set we are, we proud Minnesotans are enlisting the great outdoors to help us escape from our isolated reality — no matter the weather. In need of some ideas? Here are 5 outdoor activities to help you Explore Minnesota this winter.

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Give Dogsledding a Try

A landmark on the historic Gunflint Trail since 1925, Bearskin Lodge is the ultimate mushing destination and a prime place to learn about dogsledding. Join experts Erin Altemus and Matt Schmidt on scheduled day trips throughout the entire winter season.

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Conquer a Frozen Lake

The best part about everything being frozen right now? The endless mobility options. Hop on a frozen lake for some skating, snowshoeing or even ice fishing. Get creative with how you make your lake trek — after all, you have 10,000 to choose from.

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Rent a Snowmobile

If you’ve never been snowmobiling, there’s no better time to try it out. You can rent one at Minnesota Snowmobile Rentals in Shakopee or head to Voyageurs National Park near Brainerd to enjoy 22,000 miles of groomed trails.

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Explore the Frozen Falls

Minnehaha Falls is absolutely stunning this time of year, and you’re guaranteed to snap an Instagram-worthy photo while you’re there. Pro tip: Wear durable shoes and watch your step if you plan to get up close and personal.

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Plan a Remote Getaway

Minnesota’s northwoods are full of beautiful, remote cabins that can serve as a cozy retreat this time of year (new work-from-home backdrop, anyone?). Check out Airbnb for some hidden gems and don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path.

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