If the arctic deep freeze outside is making walking difficult or maybe even impossible to do here’s some ideas of indoor walking spaces in and around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. If you live in another cold area you might look at similar locations in your community. Be aware that many surfaces at malls and indoor walking tracks are not pole friendly. Always check with the facility before you bring your poles. But even if you have to do a vanilla walk it’s better than no walk at all!
Mall of America, Bloomington
60 E Broadway
Walking maps available or join the Mall Star Walking group
Shopping Malls Most of the indoor shopping malls are open early for walking. Check for the schedule and which doors are open. Plan to leave your valuables at home and run in fast without your coat. Burnsville, Eden Prairie, HarMar, Knollwood, Ridgedale, Rosedale and Northtown to name a few.
Minneapolis Skyways Get up and enjoy the view from the skyway system. Make it an adventure and be aware that some of them are not open past business hours.
Eagan Community Center If you’re a member the indoor track is free, otherwise there it is $3
Maple Grove Sports Dome
9880 Fernbrook Lane North.
Free. Check their schedule for available times
New Brighton Community Center
400 10th Street NW
M-F 6 am – 10 pm; Sat 8 am – 10 pm; Sun 8 am – 6 pm
Cost: $3 per time, drop in, walking only, pass cards available
Plymouth Creek Center Fieldhouse 14800 34th Ave N.
Plymouthmn.gov for the schedule
Free walking there during the winter months, check schedule
The Oval, Roseville 2661 Civic Center Dr Free, Check their online calendar, and call before going in case of last-minute changes. Be aware, the space is cold because it’s up behind the ice rink.