Today we begin to explore the state of Minnesota and it’s five tourism regions. I will say that despite many visits to the state, this first region may be the one I am least familiar with. We’ve drive through the Fargo/Moorhead area many times and we did visit Lake Itasca once, but we’ve spent very little time actually exploring the area, so much of today’s post is new to me!
- Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical Museum: Visit and learn the history of the small town that claims to be the “birthplace of Paul Bunyan.”
- Old Mill State Park: Explore historic structures, enjoy a nice swim, and hike over many bridges at this park.
- Headwaters Science Center: Explore hands on exhibits at this small science center.
- Lake Bemidji State Park: Enjoy hiking and beautiful sunsets over the lake.
- Dunton Locks County Park: Small park that offers a lot of hiking.
- Deep Portage Learning Center: Explore trails through bogs, woodland, and along the river.
- Lake Bronson State Park: Beautiful park located along the lake with great camping and lake access.
- Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge: Enjoy hiking and bird watching opportunities.
- Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County: Located within the Hjemkomst Center, this museum details the history of the area and also offers tours of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and Hopperstad Stave Church.
- Itasca State Park: Home to the Mississippi Headwaters, you won’t want to miss this park!
- Polaris Experience and Factory Tour: Explore the history of the company and the making of their snowmobiles and ATV’s.
- William S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center: Experience the history and innovations of Marvin Windows and Doors.
- Zippel Bay State Park: Located on the white sand shores of Lake of the Woods, great hiking is offered at this park near the U.S./Canadian border.
All attractions found on exploreminnesota.com.