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Sure, Shakopee is a bastion of fun and entertainment during the summer with Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Mystic Lake, Golfing, Biking and more. But, the season does not end once the snow flies. Below are five great activities available to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the winter months in Minnesota.
1. Outdoor Ice Skating
There is something about lacing up the skates and enjoying the brisk air on a cold January evening, a tradition many Minnesotans have enjoyed over the years. The City of Shakopee has six outdoor rinks and warming houses located throughout the city for families to enjoy for a winter skate, or for youth to enjoy for a competitive game of hockey. There are also rental opportunities available for a fun gathering of friends and family.
2. Enjoying a Day in the Beautiful Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
An absolutely beautiful view of natural wonder awaits you on the Minnesota Valley State Trail, which runs parallel with the Minnesota River. This section of trail in the Minnesota Valley runs from Shakopee to Chaska and from there to Belle Plaine. There are many miles of scenic and diverse trails to take advantage of for wonderful winter activities, including: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The landscapes along this trail area are a sight to behold. Take in great landscape diversity with wetlands, floodplain forest and blufftop oak savanna. In addition, birdwatching is available year-round.
3. Outdoor Events
There are great outdoor events taking place throughout the winter in Shakopee. Come and see the high-flying action of professional snocross at the annual Pirtek Snocross National at Canterbury Park. Or, tour Eagle Creek Village and warm up near a stove with a hot beverage at the either the Folkways of the Holidays or Valentine’s Day Family Fun event at The Landing.
4. Skijoring & Dog Sledding
Are you and your dog suffering from cabin fever? Skijoring & Dog Sledding at Clearly Lake Regional Park can cure both of you. Most are familiar with dog sledding, the sport where a dog or team of dogs pulls a person on a sled. Skijoring is similar to dog sledding, except the person is on cross-country skis.
Snowmobiling in Minnesota is a pastime for many people. Shakopee & the entire Scott County area have a vast amount of snowmobile trails throughout to take care of any snowmobile enthusiast. Enjoy the natural beauty of this region on your own, or take in all the great places to make a pit stop at one of the wonderful eating establishments in the Shakopee area.