Fort Snelling State Park is an ideal location for walking, biking, swimming, canoeing, skiing, and golfing. It is located right in between Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are many gorgeous biking, hiking, and skiing trails that link the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Minnehaha Park. Swim in Snelling Lake, canoe on Gun Club Lake, or go hiking on Pike Island where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers meet. Head over to the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center for films and interactive exhibits about the park and the surrounding area's resources and history. Follow one of the hiking trails to the historic Fort Snelling where you can view examples of 1820s military life.
The city of St. Paul has over 175 miles of bicycle facilities. There are lots of commuter routes as well as bicycle parking facilities throughout the city.
The Phalen Golf Course offers an 18-hole course that spans 6,100 yards and has a par 70. The rating is 67.5, and there is a slope of 116. Enjoy beautiful views all along the west side of Lake Phalen in Phalen Park. This golf course has a wide variety of water hazards, doglegs, and bunkers. Consult local listings for information about the current tee schedule.
The Phalen Clubhouse has food service and a banquet room that seats up to 200 people. The banquet room is perfect for receptions, meetings, dances, and other special occasions.
The Afton Alps is your destination for skiing and snowboarding in St. Paul. The facility offers a high performance rental center and three rental shops as well as a snow-tubing park. The vertical rise is 250 feet. There are 48 trails total with 13 beginner trails, 27 intermediate trails, and 8 advanced trails.
St. Paul is home to a number of seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks. Typically these rinks are flooded during December after the city has had five consecutive days of 25 degree or below temperatures. These conditions result in enough ground frost to support the flooding. There is about a week period of freezing before the rinks are ready to use. St. Paul has a variety of hockey rinks, general rinks, ovals, and broomballs.
In addition to the standard rinks, there are also refrigerated rinks that extend the outdoor skating session up to six weeks. These refrigerated rinks include Landmark Plaza, North Dale Recreation Center, Phalen Recreation Center, and Palace Recreation Center.