high season: June to August, December
low season: January to March
shoulder season: April to May, September to November
Weather InformationSummer is warm and dry, with afternoon highs of 84 degrees in July; while winter highs hit 21 degrees in January. Heavy snowfall accompanies the colder temperatures of winter, especially in February. Temperatures start to rise again in the middle of spring.
Crowd InformationHigh school sports tournaments in March, and the Winter Carnival (late January through early February) attract large numbers of people. July is filled with events, such as Fourth of July celebrations, the Taste of Minnesota festival, and the Minneapolis Aquatennial.
Closure InformationSome northern Minnesota lakeshore resorts close for the winter, but many places remain open year-round.
When to SavePrices are lower during the shoulder seasons, but the greatest discounts are offered in the winter. For a high season vacation, consider staying in one of the outlying suburbs for cheaper rates and availability, as local conventions put hotel rooms in high demand.
When to BookFor a lakeside resort getaway in March or April, book in early January. Make reservations in the early summer for fall vacations, particularly for visits to Duluth and the North Shore area of Lake Superior.
Information provided by Explore Minnesota Tourism