Longer days are here, and spring is right around the corner on the Mesabi Iron Range. If you’ve been hibernating, it’s time to get out and move!

Head onto the ice for crappies on our smaller, and easy-to-get-to lakes, or go on up to Giants Ridge fice fishior the best spring skiing in the Midwest!

It’s not too late to take a guided snowshoe hike at Minnesota Discovery Center. Stop by Thursdays (free admission, you only pay for snowshoe rental), Tuesdays, or Saturdays.

There are plenty of hiking trails to explore on your own, plus a variety of fat bike routes you’ll dig – find a few of each at Giants Ridge, or look for wooded trails in Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, and in virtually every community the Mesabi Trail passes through.  Fat bike pix

If the wilderness ain’t your thing, these March events will help you get through the transition from winter to summer in the company of others:

Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops at  Minnesota Discovery Center Saturday, March 12.

Green Envy at the Olcott Greenhouse in Virginia, 3-7 p.m. March 19. Celebrate the spring equinox surrounded by food, wine and exotic plants.

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Giants Ridge Spring Carnival and Slush Cup, March 19. Dress for the beach and get ready to party. Food, drink, music and fun.

Mighty Mutts Beer and Wing Tasting, March 30, 5-7:30 @ Hibbing Armory. Sample them all and vote for your favorite. Proceeds benefit area animal shelters.

Iron Range Home, Sport & Travel Show at Miners Memorial Building, Virginia March 31-April 3. Free admission!

Got an event or activity to share? Email info@ironrange.org!