When the snow flies and the lakes freeze, the winter fun begins in Lakeville, Minnesota! Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, theater lover or bargain hunter, Lakeville offers an array of activities to keep you busy and entertained all winter long.
Hit the Slopes
On the border of Lakeville sits the famous skiing, snowboarding and tubing destination Buck Hill ski area, made so by Olympian Lindsey Vonn. Known affectionately as “The Bump,” Buck Hill offers nine lifts and 16 runs for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, as well as freestyle terrain for the truly adventurous. Adrenaline junkies will love the high-speed ride down Buck Hill’s 12 snow tubing lanes, complete with a magic carpet for an effortless ride back up the hill. In between runs, snuggle up by the fire and enjoy a beverage or tasty meal overlooking the slopes at the Black Diamond Restaurant.
Happy Trails to You
With breathtaking views, more than 50 miles of trails and snow throughout the winter months, Lakeville, MN is a premier destination for snowmobilers. Lakeville has the most trails of any county in the Twin Cities metro area, with connections to the east, south, and west. This gives riders access to the more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails available across Minnesota. You can ride on Lake Marion, the trails of Ritter Farm Park and other unique trails groomed by the SnoTrackers who also provide trail maps online. Snowmobilers can park and ride at four convenient locations throughout Lakeville and many restaurants cater to this sport with convenient parking areas. Leo’s South, right in Lakeville, provides repair services, new and pre-owned inventory, parts and retail accessories.
Curling Rocks the House
Once a sport with just a small following, curling has gained significant popularity since it appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Today, there are a handful of curling clubs in the metro area, including Lakeville’s Dakota Curling. At approximately 26,000 square feet, the rink has six curling ice sheets that are 15 feet wide, and a large club room with a bar and food service. Dakota Curling offers learn-to-curl classes, drop-in curling, bonspiels, camps and leagues designed to accommodate players of all ages, experience levels and physical abilities. Additionally, the club offers private rentals for groups up to 150 people.
Lace up your skates and glide along one of Lakeville’s ice rinks this winter for fun, exhilaration and a good workout! Lakeville Ames and Lakeville Hasse Arenas both offer indoor open skating opportunities year-round. Rental skates are available on a first come, first serve basis. If traditional outdoor skating is more your style, you can find up to eight ice rinks at several parks throughout Lakeville. Usually open by December 21, these outdoor rinks are subject to weather conditions so please call the Lakeville Parks & Recreation Hotline at 952-985-4690, option 1 to find out availability.
Fishing for Fun
When Lakeville’s Lake Marion freezes over, ice fishing season begins! Whether you simply drop your line into a hole or set up a heated icehouse, you’ll have a blast engaging in one of Minnesota’s most beloved past times. And don’t forget to bring the kids out to the Youth Ice Fishing Contest in February!
Tis’ the Season for Shopping
Escape the blowing snow and icy winds inside one of our premier shopping centers! Lakeville, MN is located just a few miles from several retail destinations, including world-renowned Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. With more than 2,779,242 million feet of retail space, this “mega” mall houses more than 520 stores, 50 restaurants and the nation’s largest indoor theme park. Bargain hunters will love Twin Cities Premium Outlets to the north in Eagan, MN, and Medford Outlets to the south in Medford, MN. And in nearby Burnsville, MN, Burnsville Center is home to an indoor mall and many popular stores.
The Show Must Go On
While it’s tempting to stay at home all winter long, you’ll be missing out on all the wonderful musical, dance and theater performances at the Lakeville Arts Center in Lakeville, MN. Immerse yourself in the magic of the season with holiday-themed music, plays and ballet productions. Throughout the fall and winter, First Thursday Pub Nights feature a variety of live musical performances, plus an in-house bar serving craft beers, wine and pub food. From children’s youth theater and tribute bands to Minnesota orchestra brass and Broadway musicals, there’s something for everyone at Lakeville Arts Center.
Cheer for the Home Team
If you love sports, then you’ll love Lakeville, Minnesota. Located within 30 minutes of Minnesota’s top sports venues, Lakeville’s location on I-35 provides convenience to Target Field, Xcel Energy Center and U.S. Bank Stadium. You’ll have a blast cheering for your favorite professional and college teams this winter including the Minnesota Vikings and Gopher men’s college football. Find large friendly crowds cheering on The Minnesota Wild and Gopher men’s hockey! The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx draw crowds from October to April.
Leave Your Footprint
When Jack Frost blasts us with his frigid, cold, winter air, it’s time to bundle up, grab a friend, and hit the trails for some snowshoeing or cross country ski fun! In the winter, you can rent snowshoes for just $3 a pair per day at Lakeville City Hall. Then, head over to Ritter Farm Park and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the winter season on miles of picturesque trails.
Be a Kid Again
Nothing is more exciting than flying down a steep hill on a sled or tube, no matter what your age. This winter, head out to one of Lakeville’s hills for some blood pumping, family-friendly fun. Some the local favorites include All Saints Church, Crystal Lake Education Center and Lakeville North High School.