Hallett Center of Crosby – Guest User Access
Just a few blocks off Main Street, Crosby is the Hallett Center of Crosby (470 8th St. NE Crosby, MN 56441). For a small guest user fee, you’ll receive access to most of the community center’s amenities. (If you visit often, memberships are also available.)
Indoor Open Skating
Take a break from the sub-zero temps and enjoy skating inside at the John Spalj Arena within the Hallett Center. This indoor arena is open for skating while youth hockey is not occurring (generally, the ice is reserved for youth hockey beginning at 4p on weekdays and for games on weekends). To confirm the rink is available for open skating, call 218-546-2616.
Indoor Swimming, Fitness
Get a workout in or take the kids for a swim! With a guest user pass, you can use the Aquatic Center lap pool, kiddie pool (if there’s a lifeguard on duty), walking track, and fitness center (cardio equipment is spaced to allow for social distancing). Your access also lets you participate in group fitness classes (see schedule).
Showers & Sauna
The Hallett Center is a perfect place to shower off after a sweaty snowshoe, cross-country ski, or fat bike adventure before you head home. Or, if you want to warm up, sit and relax in the sauna for a few minutes!
For announcements and additional info, check out the Hallett Center of Crosby’s Facebook page.
In the mood for a pick-up game? Just want to get out on the ice and enjoy the State of Hockey outdoors? The City of Crosby operates a public outdoor rink just outside of the Hallett Center (470 8th St. NE Crosby, MN 56441). Note, the warming house and restrooms are closed for the season.
When it rains, read! The Jessie F. Hallet Memorial Library in Crosby has a wide selection of books for all ages, as well as a computer lab, iPads—even an Xbox—available for use in the library. If you have young children, they’ll enjoy the kids’ play area puzzles, toys, and playhouse.
If you’re planning to stay awhile, you can get a visitor library card for a small fee. With a card, you can check out movies, books, and board games, and access the library’s online offerings.
Before human-powered outdoor recreation taking Cuyuna by storm, the streets of Crosby were known as the “Antique Capital of the World.” Today, you’ll still see the anchor tenants of that time—antique shops stuffed with everything imaginable. Antiquing is still one of the most popular things to do in Crosby. Browsing Crosby antiques is a great rainy-day idea or a day-of-rest-from-cycling idea—or if you practice homesteading and sustainable living, you may find useful tools and items you can use. And if you’re into Pabst Blue Ribbon or any “original” Minnesota beer in the days before the craft-beer movement, you’re sure to find more than 50 pitchers.
Is your group looking for things to do in Crosby? Take your picking to the next level and make it a team challenge. Divide up your crew and take one hour to explore Crosby antiques and buy the coolest, most unusual find. Set a $20 limit (and remember the shopkeepers may be willing to bargain!) so everyone pays the same amount. When the time is up, meet at a local brewery or coffee shop and, as a group, vote for the best shopping-savvy find. The winner gets bragging rights until you come back next time. Or, you can even go to the Shirt-Shop on Main Street Crosby and get yourself a customized Championship Shirt. (No promises that they can make it that day, but hey, I’ll bet they could ship it!)
We love seeing your Cuyuna antiquing treasures! Share your finds on social media using #grandcuyunaantiquechallenge and tag us (@cuyunaadventuretown).