MinnesotaOutdoor recreation is the best activity in Minnesota, otherwise known as the “Land of 1,000 Lakes.” The state is covered in lakes, forests, wilderness areas, and parks that give many opportunities to hike, bike, swim, fish, raft, and much more. The “Twin Cities” of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where over half of the residents live, are the most popular cities in the state.

Family fun is abundant all over the state of Minnesota. Paul Bunyan Land is an amusement park in Brainerd with more than 35 rides and home to the largest talking animated man in the world, a statue of Paul Bunyan standing 26 feet tall. Kids and parents alike will be fascinated by this giant wonder who knows everybody’s name.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory on the northern edge of St. Paul is great place to spend the day and also, families can walk next door to the Como Park Amusement Park. Visitors can see all kinds of animals at the zoo, view exotic plants and art at the conservatory, or ride fun rides at the amusement park.

The best way to stay in Minnesota is at a resort or rented cabin. The kids can splash around in Minnesota’s lakes or the resort pool and the parents can relax around the house after day trips around the state.

Numerous state parks give visitors a chance to participate in almost every outdoor activity imaginable. The Bear Head Lake State Park, located in the Northwoods, is home to abundant wildlife living in the woods around many beautiful lakes. Visitors can explore the lake by canoe fishing. In the winter, visitors can ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, or ice fish.

Wild River State Park is a 6,803 acre park on the central eastern coast stretches along the St. Croix River. The park is famous for its superior campgrounds, hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing facilities, and horse back riding. There are over 35 miles of trails stretching through the park, 96 camp sites and cabins available.

Minnesota is a great state in which to live, play and explore.

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