Minnesota Attractions

Minnesota National Parks

Visit Minnesota National Parks for family recreation and Education

Minnesota state parks A trip to a National Park is always something to look forward to, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. Minnesota, commonly called the “Land of Lakes” is particularly attractive to the water lover. With nearly 12,000 lakes, Minnesota is the perfect place to live and vacation, you can enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking or a leisurely boat ride.

The mighty Mississippi river, an impressive, 72 miles long, provides plenty of opportunities for education and recreation. The Mississippi has six national parks which are managed by the National Park Service of the US Department of the Interior.

The Grand Portage National Monument, located in northeastern Minnesota is ideal for the culture enthusiast. The Heritage Centre houses an exhibit of museum objects, films and a bookstore. After a morning well spent learning about the history and culture of the Grand Portage Community and the native Ojibwe people, a self-guided hike on the Mount Rose trail leaves you invigorated. Entry into the Grand Portage National Monument is free.

Minnesota state parks The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area runs along the Mississippi river from Dayton and Ramsey in the North, to Hastings in the South. The length of the river provides educational and recreational opportunities for adults and children alike, with a full range of activities from educational tours to white water rafting. While the Mississippi River Visitor Centre and other public areas within the Recreation Area are free to enter, some parks charge entry or parking fees.

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a hiker’s heaven. It is open all year round, and is easily accessible by private or public road transport. The Trail is managed in portions by different partners, most of whom charge fees at the time of reservation.

The Pipestone National Monument derives its name from the red rock found in the area and considered sacred by American Indian tribes. To date, the site is used for prayer and reflection by people from all walks of life. The monument, located in Pipestone City is accessible by road, and is 50 miles from Joe Foss Field Airport. The main activities here are exploring the monument and hiking the Circle trail in the summer and autumn. An entrance fee of three dollars is charged for anyone over 15 years of age.

Minnesota state parks The Voyageurs National Park is a haven for water lovers. Open all year round, it is best explored by boat in the summer. Most visitors enter by boat, though road access is possible in a private or hired car. In the winter, the frozen lakes are ideal for skiing and ice-fishing. Entrance to the park is free.

The corridor of the Saint Croix and Namekagon rivers is ideal for canoeing, boating, fishing and camping all year round at no charge. The length of water, the source of all life, attracts a wide range of birds, insects and reptiles that are fascinating to watch.

If you prefer the comfort of your car to a long trek or boat ride, there are plenty of byways that border the lakes and parks, and make for a very scenic ride in the summer in the “Land of Sky Blue Waters”. In the autumn, the passionate colors of the leaves in the extensive forests provide backdrops that photographers, painters and nature lovers see in their happiest dreams.

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