Top things to do at William O’Brien State Park in Minnesota

One of the closest state parks to the Twin Cities, William O’Brien State Park in Marine of St. Croix is a perfect day trip from Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. Hike under 100-year-old pine trees, next to the St. Croix River and wetlands, through prairies, oak savanna, and hardwood forests. Other highlights include a huge beaver lodge and a small lake with a sandy beach and fishing pier.   

Non-campers: Best Airbnb with a sauna near MN state parks

Third in a series: Best Airbnbs near MN state parks. The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, MN is a perfect retreat after a day of hiking, kayaking or even business meetings. Featuring an ensuite sauna, you’ll have access to the beautiful wooded backyard, a private patio and the entire lower-level on this quiet lot.

Best flower gardens in and near the Twin Cities

If you’re looking for the best flower gardens in the Twin Cities metro area, here is a local’s guide to the top-ranked favorites in and near Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. From cherry blossoms to tulips to peonies to roses to sunflowers and more – you’ll find beautiful flower gardens and flower farms in Minnesota.

Minnesota state parks staycation challenge series: Top things to do at Frontenac State Park

If you’re looking for a beautiful hike in lush forests with spectacular water views of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River from scenic bluffs, then head to Frontenac State Park. A perfect day trip from the Twin Cities or Rochester, Minn.

List of the best Minnesota state parks with reviews

A travel blogger and day hiker visited all 66 Minnesota state parks and shares reviews, FAQs, and top things to do. Take the Minnesota State Challenge and explore the Land of 10,000 Lakes, acres of forests, miles of hiking trails, stunning waterfalls, campgrounds, and more. Originally posted June 11, 2020. Updated June 10, 2023.