Warm up at these indoor attractions
Warm Activities for Cold Days
Take a break from the cold at some of Saint Paul’s top indoor attractions.
Have you heard? Minnesota’s newest fad is pickleball, and Saint Paul has numerous spots to get in a game. Check the city’s website for drop-in play or sign up for lessons to learn the basics. Or try your hand at rock climbing by heading to Vertical Endeavors. At the Saint Paul location, you’ll find one of the Midwest’s premier climbing destinations where you can attempt rope climbs, bouldering areas, and sport lead climbing. There is also a fitness facility and yoga studio on site. Climbing is offered for all ages and abilities (but those under 14 need an adult present).
Embrace your inner Viking spirit at FlannelJax’s, where families gather for friendly fun and competition in axe throwing, thump the stump, and crosscut sawing. Coaches are present to help you and your group be safe, adopt the correct form, and rack up points.
Unleash Your Inner Artist
If you're feeling some artistic inspiration, ArtStart offers a hybrid approach to classes (on Zoom and in person), suitable for youth, adults, and families at the Creators Space in Lowertown. If you decide you want to take a class from home, ArtStart will make you a kit filled with all the materials you’ll need—and they’ll even mail it to you if you can’t pick it up in person. Classes span a variety of artistic mediums and will leave you with a project to be proud of. Check the studio’s calendar to see what classes they have coming up.
Also in Lowertown, Creators Space is a similar studio in an extremely unique locale—a repurposed parking garage. The space was created with the goal of providing a venue for artists to come together with the community. Classes at Creator’s Space are hosted by members who rent the studio spaces. The members decide the class offerings and schedules, so the options are frequently changing. The experience doesn’t end at classes, though. Creator’s Space is also home to a gallery, shop, and coffeehouse to peruse and support local artists.
For an equally unique experience, add some color to your life (and home) by taking a class at Mosaic On a Stick in the Hamline Park neighborhood. Mosaic On a Stick is a community space created to promote mosaic art by selling quality supplies and teaching mosaic classes. Class difficulties range from beginner to experienced and include all the materials and tools needed. (Hint, hint—you’ve probably seen their work at Peace Park in Midway.)
Try a round of whimsical indoor mini golf at Saint Paul’s Can Can Wonderland. Along with the local artist designed putt-putt course, try out the vintage arcade games, wall of beers and wines to sample, and full menu for dinner. Then head upstairs to Black Stack Brewing for a beer and a snack at the resident food truck.
Can’t decide what to have for dinner? Head over to the Seventh Street Truck Park for a little bit of everything, perfect to please every palate. The indoor food truck park has everything from street tacos, fried chicken, dry rubbed ribs, and more—not to mention $3 domestic beers, cocktails, wine, and live music every Friday and Saturday.
For a one-stop shop experience, head over to Keg and Case Market to do some shopping, eat delicious food, and be part of the diverse community—the wide variety of eateries, brewers, and local artist booths make it a perfect stop. Current vendors include Clutch Brewing, Five Watt Coffee, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Soapy Toads, and Roseline’s Place, to name a few.
Saint Paul provides no shortage of fun activities to get you out of the house during Minnesota winters. The city makes it easy to try new things, stay active, and be a part of and supportive of its diverse and storied community—all surefire ways to stave off the winter blues. Share your travels with us using #MYSAINTPAUL
If being outside is more your jam, we’ve also got you covered! Check out Saint Paul’s collection of impeccable parks and groomed trails.
The city of Saint Paul and Ramsey County have partnered up to offer a mutual cross-country ski pass! The pass provides access to more than 60k miles of groomed cross-country ski trails—including those at Battle Creek Regional Park, Rice Creek Regional Trail, Tamarack Nature Center, and more. Day passes and equipment rentals are also available.
Saint Paul’s Gateway State Trail is plowed for winter biking and hiking. It’s an 18-mile ride from Saint Paul to Pine Point Regional Park in Stillwater. Fort Snelling State Park also welcomes fat-tire bikers to the multiuse trails, 6 miles of shared trails to be exact.
Near Fort Snelling, Battle Creek Regional Park has around 5 miles of designated snowshoeing paths (and also allow visitors to explore the entirety of the park). For a more scenic experience, Mississippi River Gorge Regional Park gives snow-shoers the opportunity to stroll next to the Mississippi River.
755 Prior Ave N, 102 Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104 (612) 268-4800 Creative Enterprise Zone Website >
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N St Paul, Minnesota 55104 (651) 925-2261 Creative Enterprise Zone Website >
Seventh Street Truck Park
214 7th St W St. Paul, Minnesota 55102 (651) 340-8431 West 7th Website >
Keg and Case Market
928 7th St W. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102 (651) 756-7739 West 7th Website >