My family and I love to explore the great outdoors. My children and husband seem to be catching the photography "bug", so we usually all have our cameras with us (yes both my kids have their own cameras, my hand me downs). I like to go on what I call photo walks where we find a good park to hike and explore while looking for fun creative subjects to take pictures of. We are finding some true gems, most of which are near the metro area or within an hour. So I thought I would start sharing these wonderful places with you. The first park I am going to highlight is actually a state park and is a little further drive, 2 hours from the cities, which is still doable as a day trip. We had a blast camping at Minneopa State Park with some friends. Some of the parks highlights that we truly enjoyed are:
Buffalo heard, yes you heard me correctly, they have a buffalo heard! You can take a nice drive through the buffalo prairie, which we did several times. The kids loved this! I think only once it was hard to spot the buffalo, otherwise we saw them every time, including close up a few times!
Several short hikes, one of which leads to an old picturesque mill. These shorter hikes were nice for the kiddos who don't make it so far.
Waterfalls. There are two waterfalls. The first set is just a short walk from the parking lot. The second is a short but more adventurous hike that we all really enjoyed.
I hope this encourages you and your family to get out and explore. Stay tuned for the next park we decide is also a favorite of ours.