Adventure Activities to Enjoy on Your Next Vacation in Minnesota

Whether you are a resident of Minnesota or a traveler from other parts of the country or world, adventure activities are always a fun option.  There’s always something to do at any time of year. Are you looking for winter adventures, summer exploits, or just want to watch the beauty of the world turning green in the spring? The one thing you can count on is that you will certainly find it all.  

Of course, Minnesota is quite a popular location for tourists everywhere. You hence want to book your lakeside resorts or make any other lodging arrangements months in advance. After you’ve made a decision about where to stay, take a look at what to do around that area:

Fishing on Pelican Lake

Here is something you might not have considered! You know that lakeside resort mentioned above? You can find one in Orr, which is located on Pelican Lake. The entire population of Orr is under 300 residents, so just about anything you do here at any season of the year is an adventure!

Fishing on Pelican Lake can be enjoyed during any season. You can enjoy regular fishing from the shore or a boat during the spring, summer, and fall. When it’s wintertime, residents and tourists alike enjoy the ice fishing options. Either option would be an adventure!

Kayaking or Canoeing

There is nothing quite like the crystal-clear waters of lakes in Minnesota. If your next vacation is in the warmer months of the year, why not rent a kayak or canoe to get out on the water?

While so many people will be enjoying a day on the beach for that long-anticipated dip in the water, you can be happily gliding above in a rented vessel. The kayak or canoe will carry you along to enjoy the surrounding wonders of nature.

Hike the Minnesota Trails

Minnesota is renowned for its excellent hiking trails, so you might want to give them a chance. If you happen to be in or around Ely, you could hike the Kawishiwi Falls Trail. It’s nature at its finest, with many people especially enjoying the trail during the autumn months.  This is when the leaves turn some of the most vibrant colors of anywhere on earth. You can hike whilst hearing the water rushing down the falls, but don’t forget to bring a digital camera or smartphone. The falling water is a beautiful sight which you will want to cherish for the rest of your life.

Thrill to the Adventure of a Zip Line Tour

If you’re looking for a bit more adventure than boating or hiking, why not thrill to the adventure of a zip line tour? These are located around the state, but nowhere will you find one quite like the Brainerd Zip Line Tour in the northern area of the Nisswa state. This is not an adventure for the fainthearted, though.  If you’re afraid of heights, maybe fishing on Pelican Lake would be more to your liking!

Check Out the Snow Trails

There are several suitable trails in Minnesota for cross-country skiing. If you happen to be in the area during the winter, this is an activity you may want to consider. There are other snow-based activities as well, such as snowshoeing or snowmobiling. These trails give you miles of snow, more than the distance between St. Paul and Los Angeles!

If fact thee are about 22,000 miles of trails just for snowmobiling purposes. Plus, the trails have some amazing views of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, forests, etc. No matter where you’re staying in this state, you’d probably be able to find a trail to your liking.

Sampling Food

No matter what the weather is like, you can always have a good time sampling the excellent food available in Minnesota. If it’s winter, you can get warmed up with a visit to the Minneapolis Midtown Global Market. Here, you’d have a wide range of choice for food, drinks, snacks, and delicacies from all over the world.

This market has no less than 50 vendors at any one time, each hawking special and unique wares. Opt for some homemade pasta, a hot bowl of pho, or even an Indian burrito (indurrito). The food options will not just fill you up, but provide a learning experience along with providing several photos for your Instagram account.

Watch a Game

Not every adventure activity has to be about going out and about. It could also involve visiting a place like the Sanford Center Arna and watching one of the Minnesota pro teams to cheer them on. Watching a game with your family, friends, and a lot of snacks is also a fun way to enjoy your vacation and make it memorable. Even if you’re not supporting any of the teams, this could be a good chance to help your kid learn something about sports.

If pro games aren’t your cup of tea, check out some of the athletic options from Minnesota collegiate sports. The University of Minnesota has sports like hockey, wrestling, basketball, gymnastics, and many more. Their hockey teams, both men’s and women’s, and usually considered to be the best in the country. Check the schedule, and you may find them playing near your lodging during your holiday time.

A Beach Visit

While Minnesota is a single landlocked state, it does have lake beaches. There are several sandy beaches you can visit, with tranquil waters and exciting activities to suit most preferences. Many of these locations are family friendly and have most amenities a tourist could wish for. You can choose to visit Lake Calhoun, which is a favorite with the Uptown area. If you want something less crowded, Cedar Lake is a hidden gem that most people don’t know about.


Vacationing in Minnesota is quite enjoyable, especially if you know what to do beforehand. While you may not want to plan every detail of your holiday, it’s best to have some of the adventure activities above on your bucket list. This would help you make the most of your time here and make memories to cherish for a long time.