Do you think of Minnesota when I say winter vacation destination? If you say no, you are not alone. People give Minnesota a bed reputation when it comes to the winters there. However while it can get very cold at times, much of the time the weather is great for doing some great winter activities involving the snow that Minnesota has.

Minnesota is a great place to visit no matter what the season especially in the winter as the snow provides a great backdrop for a variety of activities. You should definitely consider planning a Minnesota vacation for your family; in particular Alexandria, MN has some great winter activities that I am sure your family would love.



Alexandria is located on Interstate 94 approximately 110 miles from Fargo, ND and 131 miles from Minneapolis, MN. Its slogan is “easy to get to- hard to leave” and you will see that this Minnesota vacation destination offers up so much fun that you definitely will not want to leave.

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes which makes the summers here quite a big tourist attraction; however these lakes are also great in the winter. Alexandria and the surrounding area have around 375 lakes you can visit to do some great ice fishing. Generally the best ice fishing occurs early in the winter season because as winter progresses the oxygen levels in the water drops making it difficult to catch fish later on in the winter. There are some great fishing lakes in the area: Lake Carlos, Lake Mary, Lake Agnes, Burgen Lake, and Lake Homme Dieu just to name a few. There are several fishing guides in the area that can help you with your fishing needs, just go online and search for Alexandria hunting and fishing guides. As far as the types of fish you can plan on catching, panfish and walleye are plentiful along with several other varieties. In fact Alexandria holds an annual fishing tournament in February that gives away over $100,000 in prizes.


Another great winter activity you can do in Alexandria is snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is a big pastime of folks in Minnesota; the state actually has more than 20,000 miles of snowmobiling trails. Alexandria has over 400 miles of trails that you and your family can check out on your vacation. These trails wind through the areas connecting all of the communities in the area. The trail connects six other cities with Alexandria and also provides some great winter views of the area.

If your family likes to ski then Alexandria has you covered. Located just 15 miles west of Alexandria is Andes Tower Hills, a 16 downhill ski run facility. Andes has runs for all skill levels from beginners to experts. They offer lessons as well as equipment rentals and lodging. You can also do some snow tubing, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing at Andes, so there is something for everyone to do. If you are looking for a place where you can spend a fun-filled day with the family then you must check out Andes Tower Hills.



Winters in Minnesota aren’t nearly as dreary and awful as people seem to think they are. In fact all the snow that Minnesota gets is actually great for vacationers as it provides them with a multitude of activities to do. In the Alexandria area alone a vacationing family can go ice fishing on one of the area’s 375 lakes, do some snowmobiling on the 400 miles of trails, go skiing at Andes Tower Hills, or even just spend some quality time playing in the snow. With all of these fun winter activities available for you and your family to do, why wouldn’t you want to visit Minnesota, especially Alexandria! So get your warm clothes out and grab a hat and mittens and start planning your vacation to Minnesota today!