Minnesota is blessed with six National Parks. Two are actually in the Twin Cities! Okay, I am using the word “park” somewhat loosely. Technically, Minnesota has a National River and Recreation Area, a National Scenic Riverway, a National Scenic Trail, two National Monuments, and one true National Park. Here we introduce you to each of the six parks plus share some cool things to know about National Parks in general, including when to mark Free Entrance Days on your calendar (and why not to bother), kids programs including the Junior Ranger Program, the Passport program, the wonderful 4th Grade Pass and other annual pass information.
March is maple syrup month in Minnesota, and with an abundance of nature centers around the Twin Cities, we have ample opportunities to learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. We’ll keep adding events as they trickle in – usually by late February. Look for one or more of the following activities: tapping the maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it into syrup, and the best part — according to my kids, anyway — a sample of the finished product.
We see a lot of good deals come through our various partners and affiliates and don’t always have a great place to share them. This Deals of the Week page will be a our rotating list of discounts, deals, free tickets and hidden gems we find. Act fast, some deals can sell out or fill up quickly.