Though we’re entering the home stretch of winter, the cabin fever is real! We’ve compiled a list of indoor/outdoor activities to get you primed for the big thaw, even though there’s still a chill in the air.
Stop to Smell the Flowers
Visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park for a literal breath of summer air. This temperature controlled 70 degrees Fahrenheit plant sanctuary is the perfect cure to your winter blues. Explore the Tropical Encounters exhibit for a bit of humidity and color, then take a spin through the Sunken Garden, Fern Room, Palm Dome, and much more — and experience a lush, green respite from the dreary landscape.
Climbing and ice don’t make a good combination during the winter months in the Twin Cities. Luckily, we’re home to a number of indoor rock climbing gyms where everyone from beginners to experts can try their hand at (safely) scaling a wall without worry of ice, snow, or arctic temps. Many gyms have day passes available for a one-time experience or to try it out, as well as monthly memberships.
Take a Sauna
When the winter chill just won’t leave your bones, a sauna is a surefire cure. Having made a resurgence over the past few years, the classic sauna experience can be found at a number of locations in the Twin Cities, from the YWCA to the Hewing Hotel (yes, you can get a day pass!), and even at the trailhead to Theo Wirth Park. Grab some friends and put the cold behind you — for a little while at least.