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Minnesota's Favorite Places

Bunker Hills Regional Park

Archery, Biking, Camping, Horseback Riding, Golf, a Water Park… this place has it all. Located in Coon Rapids, Bunker Hills Regional Park is 1600 acres of outdoor fun for all seasons. From the Bunker Park Stable to Bunker Beach to … Continue reading

Minnesota State Fair

Cheese curds, animal barns, midway rides, and everything on a stick. The 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get Together are a medley of food, entertainment, animals, and lots and lots of walking. For some, the Minnesota State Fair is … Continue reading

Temperance River State Park

Our small group of Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) hikers cheered when we reached the Temperance River. It was beautiful and just kept getting better as we hiked downstream. The waterfalls were amazing and it was fun to watch as people … Continue reading

Gale Woods Farm

Ever wanted to work on a farm? Collect eggs, feed the sheep, harvest in the garden? Get Gale Woods Farm, part of Three Rivers Park District, on your agenda. Located west of Lake Minnetonka in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm is … Continue reading

Myre-Big Island State Park

Myre-Big Island is a great state park. It has oak savanna, wetlands, northern hardwood forests, grasslands, and restored prairie.We camped there for a Spring weekend, had perfect weather, no bugs, and lots of wildlife – so much wildlife! We saw … Continue reading

Leech Lake

A big lake that offers a lot of different activities all throughout the year. Great fishing, great beaches, and the beautiful city of Walker on the lake!

Horton Park

Horton Park is not, perhaps, the most spectacular place in the state, but it is a favorite place to spend time and appreciate nature in the city. Horton Park has signage describing it as a “mini-arboretum,” and features over two … Continue reading

Minneopa State Park

The first time I went to Minneopa State Park it was to see the waterfall, Southern Minnesota’s largest. It’s beautiful and a short walk from the road. The second time I went, was to check out the campgrounds to plan a … Continue reading

Sucker River

On a recent fall morning i waded deep into the Sucker River ravine with a fly rod in my hand on a quest to catch the tail end of the North Shore salmon run. While I was too late for … Continue reading

Carley State Park

Popularity in a park is sometimes overrated, especially if you like your experience to be a little more remote, a little more rustic and a little less social. Which is why I love Carley State Park near Rochester. Just minutes from Whitewater … Continue reading