Originally published Oct. 9, 2011
Minnesota has several wonders of nature it can brag about. One of course is that it has over 10,000 lakes. Another is that it has 74 State Parks and a website packed with information to help you get there:
This is one time of year that our State Parks see a lot of traffic because of the fall colors. It is a great excuse to get outside and head any direction to the nearest park entrance. Nature is pure goodness for the soul and there is no substitute for taking a nice long walk through the woods or along the water. It is a perfect reward for having spent a week in front of your computer or to get your kids off the electronics. Everyone will be a little happier and a little more relaxed when Monday rolls around.
We have 8 parks that border Lake Superior and provide breathtaking coastal views that convince the eye it is actually an ocean. It is possible to hit several of those in a day trip although it's probably better to stay overnight somewhere so you can really enjoy your time. I made a day trip on Friday and went into 3 of the parks. It was a lot of driving but I was looking for a flavor of what they had to offer. One destination was the popular Gooseberry Falls SP. People love waterfalls. Young couples, old couples, kids, photographers, hikers, bikers. There is something about the look and sound of a waterfall that is enchanting.
An annual vehicle park pass is a mere $25 which is really an incredible deal considering how many parks we have. If someone visited every park in a year, that would be less than 34 cents per park admission fee. Is there anything comparable? That is a steal!
Here we are with another October day that is going to be close to 80 degrees. The day is young and the colors are popping. Minnesotans know weather can turn on a dime and this could be here next week:
Don't delay, visit a park today!
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