Now that fall has arrived, there is an abundance of seasonal activities for you and your family to participate in to enjoy the West Central Minnesota outdoors. Love the fall colors? Remember, you can also view updated Fall Color Report from the Minnesota DNR to know where the most vibrant fall colors are found around the state. Here is just a handful of the activities around our community.
West Central Minnesota Fall Destinations
Sibley State Park – Visiting beautiful Sibley State Park is fun anytime of year, but in the fall you can view all the Minnesota fall colors as you hike, bike, and explore this 50 mile radius area. The park is open daily from 9-4, but visit their website for a schedule of special events such as Autumn Wildflowers, Geocaching, and Fall Colors Walks.
Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway – Bike the Glacial Ridge Trail for a gorgeous view of forest, lakes, prairies, and farmlands and a breadth of autumn views. Stretching a 220 mile route with several loops between Willmar and Glenwood, there are numerous options for biking sections of the trail for either families or serious cyclists.
Wineries and Shopping – There are several wineries in the West Central Minnesota area with special events this fall including the Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer. You can also hit the New London Fall Festival on September 21-22 for great fall fashion and décor shopping in a small town atmosphere.
For the Kids
Prairie Woods Environmental Center – Kids and families will love the eco-friendly activities at Prairie Woods Environmental Center such as the Night Hike, Halloween Hunt and more.
Nelson Farms and Pumpkin Festival – Visit Nelson Farms in Litchfield for farmyard-fun activities for kids such as farm animals petting zoo, corn mazes, barrel races, swinging in the hay loft and a lot more.
Wherever you are in Minnesota, there are local activities celebrating fall near you. Get out for nature walks, attend fall bazaars, and enjoy Minnesota fishing and hunting. If you stay home for the weekend, think about autumn home improvement projects, and enjoy the season and open your windows and let the cool autumn breeze fill your home.
What is your favorite activity, event, or past time in the fall? Tell us about it in the comments below!