Top 5 National Parks in Minnesota For 2017

With this season being a bit warmer than usual, we’ve been looking forward to traveling around and visiting our favorite national parks. Here are our top five national parks for you to visit this year!

Mississippi National River and Recreation Park

Mississippi National River and Recreation Park has a plethora of events for all ages! Located right in the middle of a bustling, urban setting makes this a very interesting park to visit. Boasting a size of 72 miles and numerous visitor centers makes this a great location. You can find such activities as fishing, hiking, museums, bicycling, geocaching, and the list goes on. Mississippi National River and Recreation Park also gives you very good insight about nature, the state of water quality, and local wildlife. For more information check out their website.

Fort Snelling State Park

We thought we’d go over one of our favorite parks again. You can view our previous post here. Fort Snelling State Park features hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking (in the summer) and skiing (in the winter). There is also a fantastic tour of the fort itself and many other recreational activities. Being rich in history and great for relaxing, this is a great park to visit. For more information check out their website.

Itasca State Park

One of our top picks for the summer, Itasca State Park features canoeing/kayaking and some pretty scenery. The trees are massive and there are huge areas for you to camp and walk around. You can also ride bikes around the visitor center and get some good exercise in the process. Whether you want to have a nice picnic or just enjoy nature, this is an excellent choice for a day trip. For more information check out their website.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is a park rich in history and has many activities for everyone. They have some beautiful picnic areas, fishing spots, camping grounds, skiing, hiking, biking, and much more. You can also take a tour of the interesting and unique lighthouse and learn about why a lighthouse was required. For more information check out their website.

Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park is a great park for kayaking. You can also walk on the swinging bridge, hike the many trails around, use one of numerous cycling trails, and find lots of areas to fish available. This is a very scenic and picture-perfect location. For more information check out their website.

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