6 places to warm up this winter
Do you have a favorite hot spot as well? Feel free to share your winter tips in the comments.
|The Palm Dome at Como Conservatory|
Remember nature, and how delightful it can be when the weather is nice? At the Como Park Conservatory, you can pretend it's spring while frolicking through nature. Here, folks can wander from room to room in a climate-controlled environment that can be experienced without a coat and mittens. Bring a book or journal, and bask in the warmth while sitting on a bench in a cozy corner, snap a few pics for Instagram and pretend you're on vacation, or enjoy some live music while sipping on wine at the space's free winter concert series.
|Pretend the orchids on display are a sign of spring|
A lot of folks head to the Arboretum to experience the great outdoors. However, there are quite a few amenities for those who choose to stay inside. During the cold months of January, folks can enjoy the great indoors in the fireplace room. Here, you can work on a jigsaw puzzle, sip hot chocolate, take a free yoga class, or knit by the fire. Added bonus? Admission is free this January.
|No really, you could be doing this indoors in a sauna atmosphere|
Not familiar with Bikram yoga? Basically, it's a workout for people who love exercising in a sauna. Ideally, this form of yoga is practiced in a room kept at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Meaning, the freezing temps might actually feel refreshing once you're done working out.
|A komodo dragon|
Want to pretend you're in the rain forest? The Tropics Trail at the Minnesota Zoo celebrates the greatest hot spots of the world. The lemurs, otters, and monkeys make for good entertainment, as does gazing at the mighty lion. This time of year, folks will appreciate that they can do so without a coat.
Sea Life at the Mall of America
Saunas at the YWCA (or any fitness center)
Is joining a gym one of your New Year's resolutions? Well, if you choose wisely, your workout facility will include a sauna or steam room as part of the deal. Sure, you bought the membership for access to the treadmill, but taking a breather in the sauna before or after working out is good for the body and the mind.