Test your nerves as you balance your way across a swinging bridge, gaze out over Lake Superior, or spot fleeing white-tailed deer just minutes outside of the city. Minnesota's favorite State Parks for families supply a plethora of enticements:
Fort Snelling is Minnesota's most visited park, and for good reason. Despite its proximity to the city, the park boasts sublime swathes of nature, linking up with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Reserve. Look out for white-tailed deer and watch meandering rivers converge. Other attractions include hikes to the historic Snelling Fort, swimming in Snelling Lake, biking to Minnehaha Park, or exploring serene Pike Island.
Children delight in the swinging bridge that crosses the Middle River in this park. Yelps of laughter arise from the park's swimming area, while wooded trails wind through prairies ablush with wild flowers. Enjoy a picnic in the sunshine, or visit the historic log cabin and the steam-powered grist mill.
Best known for its striking lighthouse, this history-packed park is perfect for families. Take the lighthouse tour and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Superior. There are 12 miles worth of hiking trails and 8 miles of biking trails to explore.
Snowmobile your way across acres of parkland in order to visit art galleries in pretty towns. Follow the Gitchi-Gami Trail, and walk along the Mississippi River. Minnesota's State Parks are filled with highlights for hikers:
White water raft past billion-year-old rock formations, or snowmobile at high speeds across the countryside. Adventure sport fans will find plenty of fun in these Minnesota State Parks:
Glacial deposits, potholes, and billion year old lava flows form the landscape of this dyanamic State Park. The St Croix River slices through dramatic cliffs at Taylors Falls. Come kayak fast paced rapids, or canoe in the slower moving sections of the river. Hiking trails through the forest are particularly beautiful in autumn and lead you past the park's geological attractions.