Winter Sports Lovers

When you’re looking for a place to play this winter, head for Winona, the Miami of Minnesota! couple riding fat tire bikes in snow

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. It’s not that warm. But it IS the warmest spot in Minnesota according to Weather Almanac, so we’ll take it. Also, if you look at a map of Florida and Minnesota, Winona and Miami sit in the same spot. And we have even more beachfront than Miami thanks to our abundant backwater islands on the Mississippi River.

Yeah, it’s a reach, but we can’t take winter in the upper Midwest too seriously, right? So anyway, if you are craving that extra few degrees or just a fun weekend vibe away from the grind, head to the southeast corner of the state – we are here waiting for you.

Cascading down the bluffs like a giant, frozen waterfall, the Ice Climbing Park in Winona, Minn., has become a must-visit destination for winter sports enthusiasts. 

Its multiple routes up a farmed ice flow high on the bluff offer sweet some choices, and best of all, this park is free and right inside the city limits of Winona. That means when you are done with your climb, a beer, a band, and a bed are five minutes away. It couldn’t be more perfect. 


Winona is serious about ways to play – even in winter, and we’ve got the restaurants, live music, and other fun things to do that make us awesome on even the shortest, coldest winter days. 

What’s more, we’re an easy drive from the Twin Cities, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Des Moines, making us the perfect weekend destination for winter sports lovers. 

Want to know more? Check out the links below to all of Winona’s winter recreation activities and start planning your visit today.