By: Angy Talbot (ECFE Blog Writer)
Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy all the fun places you can go in Minnesota with the kids! Listed below is a list of activities and places of interest around our state and town that you can do outdoors:
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Free Family Event Schedule 2016
Wildlife and nature viewing from sandhill cranes, eagles, plants, butterflies and the smallest of the animal species.
Elm Creek Park Reserve
The park features more than 20 miles of paved hiking and biking trails, miles of turf hiking trails, a chlorinated swimming pond, children’s play area and more!
Downtown Elk River Riverfront Concerts
Check out the Thursday night live concerts at downtown Elk River’s Rivers Edge Commons Park all summer long.
Oliver Kelly Farm
Meet the animals in the barn and help work on the farm by picking vegetables or churning butter in the kitchen.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Over 1,100 acres of gardens, woods and trails.
Walker Arts Center Sculpture Garden
There are many free events including Free First Saturdays.
Como Zoo and Conservatory
Not only can you visit the animals and gardens, the zoo and conservatory offers many different activities, classes and programs. Blooming Butterflies opened on June 17th.
Minnehaha Regional Park
Minnehaha Regional Park covers 167 acres of nature, gardens and waterfalls.
Harriet Alexander Nature Center
The boardwalk and trails circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats.
Woodland Trails Park – Elk River
Bike, walk or hike the trails.
Lake Maria State Park – Monticello
The marshes, potholes, and lakes provide excellent habitat for wildlife.
Things to do in Elk River with the kids!
Many activities and attractions listed with detailed information and directions to each location.
There are so many ways to explore Minnesota and there is so much that our state has to offer. For even more events and activities go to:
Time to put on the sunscreen and discover all that summer has to offer. See the sights and travel around! Minnesota summers sure fly by . . . so take pleasure in it while you can. We’ll be shoveling snow soon enough!