Things to Do in Plymouth, MN in the Winter

Ski, snow and winter fun

Here in the greater Plymouth, MN area, residents wait all year round for the wintertime to do their favorite activities like snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, and walking, not to mention eating and shopping. Whatever the weather, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Plymouth, MN in the winter! Need a used vehicle to get you from point A to point B? Cornerstone Plymouth can help! Our large used inventory has plenty of winter-friendly SUVs with 4WD and AWD to see you through winter to spring!


Ice Skating at Central Park Ice Skating Trail

Measuring 810 feet long and 20 feet wide, the Central Park Ice Skating Trail in Maple Grove, MN is a large ice skating rink that provides fun for the whole family during the winter months! Skating sessions are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekends. It’s free to skate, and rentals are available for $6.00 if you don’t have your own skates to bring along.

Location: Maple Grove, MN

When? Every winter!

Winter Fun at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Searching for a place to go sledding, skiing, or tubing? How about snowmobiling, hiking or snowshoeing? You can do all these safe & socially-distanced winter activities in Maple Grove this season and beyond at the Elm Creek Park Reserve, the largest park in Three Rivers. With 4,900 acres, there’s a whole lot of space to explore at Elm Creek! Plus, it’s open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day! Head to the dedicated winter recreation area for season-specific activities.

Location: Maple Grove, MN

When? The winter recreation area is usually open mid-December through mid-March.

Shopping at Ridgedale Center

Need to get some last-minute holiday shopping done? Looking to do some distanced walking indoors? Head to the Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. Curbside pickup is available, and the staff is making sure to provide you ample opportunities to sanitize your hands during COVID-19 days (just make sure to mask up!). You can even reserve a time to shop with Spot Holder for a more convenient, safer experience. 

Location: Minnetonka, MN

When? Year-Round

Cross Country Skiing at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Head over to Mississippi Gateway Regional Park (formerly, and perhaps still better known as Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park) for a day filled with physical exercise and unbeatable views of the Mississippi River. One of the best activities to do here is to go cross country skiing, but this park also accommodates other fun things to do in the winter, like going for nature walks.

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When? Year-Round

Get Drive Through at Wagner’s Drive In

Wagner’s Drive In has been a staple around Minneapolis for over three decades. It’s one of the best places to go if you have a hankering for burgers, fries, malted milkshakes, or even homemade soups and coleslaw. Plus, the best part is that you don’t even have to get out of your car to enjoy these tasty treats; you can drive right through and take your food to your favorite scenic winter destination, or head home for movie night. Either way works!

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When? Year-Round

Winter Walking at Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Watch the snowflakes fall and catch them on your tongue or eyelashes as you go for a winter walk at the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in Wayzata. Over 100 miles of the regional trail system are plowed in the winter so you can continue to enjoy nature, no matter the weather! Plus, this park is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.

Location: Wayzata, MN

When? Year-Round

Get Artsy at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Want to get out of the house to enjoy some local art? Open 365 days a year, 5 days a week from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near New Hope is a fantastic place to enjoy the local arts & culture of Minnesota, even in the wintertime! 

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When? Year-Round

Contact Cornerstone Plymouth for More Fun Things to Do in the Winter 

Ready to learn more about the ways you can enjoy all of the fun winter activities in Plymouth, MN and beyond? Just contact us here at Cornerstone Plymouth, and we’ll be happy to offer you more tips. Alternately, check out our local guide or our page on the best pizza in Plymouth!

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