Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, bread and butter and Twin Cities, is a truly inspiring state that offers countless lively activities to keep you and the whole family constantly entertained. Here are some of the must needed experiences on any Minnesota bucket list.
During the Fall, drive along Highway 61 and gander upon the magnificent vibrant colors of the color changing leaves–reds, oranges and yellows. A fun family activity to do during this season is go apple picking at a local Minnesota apple farm. If not, always be sure to stop by Oktoberfest at New Ulm.
During the cold Winter, make sure to go ice fishing to get that real Minnesota bucket list experience, and while you’re at it drink up on a piping hot apple cider or toddies, a hot whiskey water. Being a northern state there are obviously a lot of things one can do, from ice skating on the state’s many lakes or cross country skiing on its many slopes, the winter time is anything but dead and boring as it may be in many other places.
When Spring hits, hit the forests for refreshing hikes and mushroom picking for a good breakfast snack or to bring back home. When the temperature warms and the ice shelves start breaking, pay a visit to Gooseberry falls to see the whole event unravel with a roar and bang.Go kayaking on the 108 mile long Blue Earth River and see the blossoming flowers as well as the whole forest wake up to spring time as you float by. Minnesota has plenty of state parks, with an impressive 70+, including the notable Itasca and Minnesota parks that share views and fun for the whole family.
Summer brings the Minnesota state fair, so feel free to completely stuff your face with anything fried and enjoy the many fun rides and local boutiques encompassing the walkways. Rent a cabin up north and spend your days doing extreme watersports of every kind, you definitely have more than enough lakes to do so. Finally, head over to the Pipestone National monument to enjoy a relaxing walk through the prairie and take in the breathtaking views.
If this didn’t convince you, there are hundreds of other amazing activities to do, admire the views, chat with the friendly locals, you name it! It is definitely a state worth visiting and make that family trip most certainly worthwhile.