National Get Outdoors Day Round Up – 2017

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National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 10th this year. Each year Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis hosts an event.  I have the details on that below along with a list of State Park events:

Twin Cities – Get Outdoors Day Events
Powderhorn Park: 3400 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
Time: 11 a.m- 3 p.m.

You don’t have to leave town to Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day; Powderhorn Park is the Minneapolis location. Riding your bike or busing to the event is encouraged. Otherwise please park on a side street. Bring your family to try rock climbing, canoeing, archery, mountain biking, and fishing. There will also be music and concessions.

Family Campout at Base Camp: 201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Time3 p.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday

Pre-Registration is required for this event and it costs $15/participant over age 5. Activities  includes a guided 2-mile hike (your equipment will be shuttled), camp setup, dinner cookout, campfire with s’mores, games, night hike, and stargazing before turning in for the night. Food is included in the price. Bring your own equipment if possible, but some equipment will be available.


National Get Outdoors Day is a free admission day at Minnesota State Parks.  Many of them are offering free activities — including free Kid’s Discovery Kits and loaner fishing equipment, GPS units and birding kits to borrow for a day of exploration.

My daughter and her friend recently took advantage of the loaner fishing equipment. We recommend bringing your own live bait. They didn’t have any the first day, but brought some the second day. It made all the difference in their success.

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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.


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