The Top Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation: Minneapolis

Cross-country skiing in Theodore Wirth Park

A sign along the Parkway.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Theodore Wirth Park

Address: 1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy.
Phone: 612.230.6400

Five months of winter shouldn’t automatically signal hibernation. Just ask the city of Minneapolis. Every year, outdoor enthusiasts in the Minnesota metropolis continue to hit the trails around the city, albeit on skis. Nordic skiing is a huge draw for locals, and directly off the Metro Transit 9 Bus, residents can strap on their planks and hit over seven miles of groomed cross-country trails in Theodore Wirth Park. From there connect with the Loppet course and cover 33km of trail through woods, over parkways, and next to lakes—all within city limits. Every year the area holds the City of Lakes Freestyle Loppet, an urban Nordic skiing race that draws over 1,200 people. Theodore Wirth Park is a great starting point, but with proper snow there are plenty of trails throughout the city. Check them out at skinnyski.com.

GETTING THERE: From the Target Center, get on the 9B Bus at the Glenwood Ave./Wayzata Blvd. stop and get off at the Glenwood Ave. & Wirth Park Beach stop, and look for groomed trails. Some trails may require a paid pass.

TRAVEL TIME: About 20 minutes.

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