Celebrate Valentine’s Day under the stars this year with special evening events at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Whether you want to celebrate on February 14 (it’s a Tuesday this year) or save the festivities for the following Friday, here are two activities sure to get your heart pumping:
Join one of the park naturalists at Lebanon Hills Regional Park for a guided hike in the moonlight on February 14. “It is a way to enjoy a holiday outside,” says Autumn Hubbell, outdoor education supervisor at Dakota County Parks. “It can be the most intimate thing to do.” At the end of the night, there will be a bonfire and hot cocoa for everyone to enjoy.
Trails by Candlelight
Choose your own adventure—on cross country skis, snowshoes or ice skates—at this event for the entire family on February 17. Luminaries dot the paths, lighting the way on ski, snowshoe and ice skating trails. “The park is at its coziest during the candlelight event,” Hubbell says. “There are hundreds [and] hundreds of candles. It’s just magical.” There will also be bonfires around the park and hot cocoa.
Valentine Snowshoe | 6:30–8 p.m. February 14; $15/person (open to ages 16 and over).
Trails by Candlelight | 6–9 p.m. February 17; $8/person (open to all ages).
Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan; 651.554.6530; co.dakota.mn.us