Our seasons in Northeastern Minnesota make every day
seem like a vacation, providing a myriad of activities. Area residents and thousands
of tourists consider our area "the best playground in the world."
A highlight of Virginia is its beautiful and unique City Parks - Olcott Park with its exquisite fountain and a large greenhouse that is open year round.
We have two lakes right in the center of town with walking trails around them, a "field of dreams" ballpark on the South Shore of Silver Lake and many small community parks throughout town.
The Superior National Forest and the Tower-Soudan State Park are located within a short distance.
The Virginia Municipal Golf Course is one of the most
beautiful and challenging eighteen-hole courses in Minnesota. A very unique
log clubhouse overlooking the course from one of our panoramic mine dumps . Other golf
courses in the area include a nine-hole course in Eveleth, a nine-hole course in Cook, a
private course on Lake Eshquagama and two 18 hole courses at Giants Ridge.
TENNIS, RACQUETBALL & BOCCE BALL
There are six outdoor tennis courts, four
indoor tennis courts, three indoor
racquetball courts, and twelve bocce ball courts located in Virginia.
HIKING, SKIING, SNOWMOBILING & SKATING
The Giants Ridge Recreational Facility, designated as an official training location for Olympic athletes, offers some of the finest cross-country and downhill slopes in the Midwest.
Winding through the scenic beauty of the Mesabi Range,
the Laurentian Fitness Trail offers 1.5 miles of hiking with a host of exercise stations
for physical fitness along the way, and the Look-Out Mountain trail offers 15 miles for
both hiking and cross country skiing.
Virginia has four outdoor recreational skating rinks
and 2 outdoor hockey rinks, in addition to the indoor hockey rink at the Miners Memorial
Curling is becoming more popular all the time. For many years Virginia has had a curling club located in the city and curling has been a favorite winter sport for many of the citizens.
By working together, the Quad cities of Virginia,
Eveleth, Mt. Iron and Gilbert, , built the Range Recreation Civic
Center. The primary winter use of this facility is curling. As curling
is now an Olympic event, the United States Curling Association supports this facility as a
National Training Center. The facility is capable of hosting National and Regional
Championships. This project is also endorsed by the Minnesota Amateur Sports
Commission. 25,000 square feet of space will be available to host trade and car
shows, concerts, and conventions.
FISHING, BOATING & HUNTING
The popular resort/vacation area of Northeastern Minnesota begins within a few miles of Virginia. In this area are resorts catering to avid fishermen, families, and company fishing groups. The area lakes provide excellent walleye, northern, bass, and pan fish fishing. Other lakes offer lake and rainbow trout fishing. Many of the abandoned main dumps have been stocked with fish and offer recreational facilities. One can travel 40 to 60 miles in anything from a small boat to a large houseboat without the assistance of mechanical portage, and with such assistance, one could travel for days in one direction covering 250 miles along the border. The vast forests of the area provide good deer, moose, and bear hunting. Area bird and duck hunting ranges from good to excellent depending on the area.