Things To Do in Minnesota

Minnesota Spotlights

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Tamarac National Wildlife RefugeLocated in Rochert in North Central Minnesota, 18 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, MN. It was established as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Tamarac is in one of the most diverse zones in North America where Eastern hardwood trees, Northern coniferous forests and Western tall grass prairie meet. A visitor center and wildlife drive offer beautiful views of lakes, marshes and wildlife. You can hike, visit historic sites, hunt, fish canoe or cross-country ski. There are more than 250 species of birds at the refuge. Trumpeter swans, bald eagles, otters, porcupines and wolves are just a few of the kinds of wildlife you can see here.

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National ParkLocated near International Falls in northern Minnesota. To really enjoy this park you need to park your car and explore by boat. There are 3 visitor centers here but only one is open year round and that is the Rainy Lake Visitor Center located on the shore of Black Bay. All 3 visitor centers have free public boat launches. You can explore the park by guided boat tours, canoe trips or hikes. You can also charter a tour boat or camp at one of the 270 sites within the park. There are 13 Destination sites within the park boundaries that can be reached only by boat and allow visitors the opportunity to learn about the park. Many of these sites have historic structures. There are hiking trails accessible by car and some only accessible by water. In the winter you can explore the park on one of the three packed snowshoe trails and you can even borrow snowshoes free of charge from the visitor center. Other winter activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or ice-fishing.