Minnesota Bucket List ~ Central Region

Today’s list is much shorter compared to yesterday as we move into the Central portion of the state.


  • Fort Alexandria: A replica of the fort built for protection from the Dakota Indians during an uprising during the Civil War.
  • Legacy of the Lakes Museum: Celebrates the lake tradition and the history of grand hotels and resorts in the area.

Battle Lake

  • Glendalough State Park: Quiet park located along 9 miles of undeveloped shoreline.


  • Crow Wing State Park: Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers, this park celebrates the old 1850s town of Crow Wing.
  • Northland Arboretum: Landfill turned arboretum, this prairie area offers lots of hiking trails.


  • Darwin Twine Ball Museum: Home to the largest twine ball in the world made by one man.


  • Father Hennepin State Park: Located on the corner of Mille Lacs Lake, this park is named for the priest who visited the area during the French expedition.

Little Falls

  • Charles A. Lindbergh State Park: The restored house of the congressman and his aviator son are found within this park.


  • Savanna Portage State Park: Park preserves the historic six mile portage between the Mississippi and Lake Superior watersheds.


  • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Posts: Explore the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
  • Mille Lacs Kathio State Park: Park located on the lake that preserves habitations and mounds and documents relations between Dakota and Ojibwe Tribes.

Pelican Rapids

  • Maplewood State Park: Park known for its forest/prairie transition zone.

St. Cloud

  • Munsinger Clemens Gardens/Riverside Regional Park: Beautiful Gardens located along the banks of the Mississippi River.


  • Glacial Lakes State Park: Preserves rolling prairies that once covered much of the state.


  • Phelps Mill: Old Flour Mill located along the river.

Waite Park

  • Quarry Park and Nature Preserve: Scenic wildlife spot that offers great hiking.

All attractions found on exploreminnesota.com


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