From Our Editors
Ramsey County is home to Minnesota's capital, St. Paul, but, it's also home to a gigantic hidden gem: 6,500 acres of public parks and recreation facilities. This sprawling system provides locals with myriad opportunities for fun and fresh air, which they can enjoy year-round. Proof:
Fall | Hike the network of trails: You'll see why Minnesota was nicknamed "Land of a Thousand Lakes" if you hike enough of the county's paths; most lead to or pass a lake, such as Lake Owasso or (no joke) Lake Sucker.
Winter | Skate in the ice arenas: Visitors can hone their hockey skills, take figure skating lessons, or free skate.
Spring | Hone your game at the golf courses: The county has five, all told, with a mix of 9-hole and 18-hole courses. Each course's clubhouse also has a bar and hosts weddings and coaster-using competitions.
Summer | Swim at the beaches: When the sun's out, the picturesque lakeside beaches open 30 minutes before sunrise.