Capture Minnesota’s Unique Summer Experience with These Adventure Ideas

Most residents of Minnesota know – it’s the summers that make the winters worth living through. With all the nature and water that surrounds us, even in the cities, there is no limit on recreation options once the weather warms up. Bill Hansen Realty’s guide to outdoor recreation includes many of the classics and a few new ideas for you to try this summer.

Up-North Camping

Two of the most popular summer activity options are camping and hiking. We’re surrounded by state parks, beautiful hiking trails, and camping options of various accessibility. Some popular camping locations are:

  • Along the Superior Hiking Trail, commonly known as the North Shore.
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is a one-of-a-kind wilderness area consisting of a huge network of freshwater lakes, streams, islands, and forests.
  • Voyageurs National Park, MN’s only national park. Campsites are accessible by boat only.
  • George Crosby Manitou State Park, a great spot for backpacking and hike-in camping.

Our favorite spot a bit closer to home is: Chippewa National Forest. Located just 15 miles from Walker, Chippewa offers campsites at Stony Point, as well as boat access, a swimming beach, and picnic areas.

Favorite Hiking Spots

Favorite hiking spots in northern MN include the previously mentioned Superior Hiking Trail and Chippewa National Forest. Itasca State Park is another option near home, which famously houses the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Finally, if you’re up for a small journey, or heading to the North Shore, check out Gooseberry Falls. Known for its namesake, the park offers multiple waterfalls, camping, hiking, and biking trails.

Local Community Festivals

Here in Northern MN, we celebrate any excuse to get together with community. Over the next few months, both Walker and Detroit Lakes are hosting music festivals – Walker’s Rock Music Festival is 7/20-22 and Detroit Lakes’ Country Music Festival is 8/3-5. Bemidji is also hosting its Annual Water Carnival 6/29-7/4 and Grand Rapids boasts the World’s Largest Wild Rice Festival 7/7-7/9.

Other Local Activities:

Some other popular activities occurring throughout the summer are:

  • Farmer’s markets and flea markets – filled with antiques, knick-knacks, food, music, and more, farmer’s and flea markets are an easy way to spend a weekend morning with family and friends.
  • Wineries and breweries – check out some local favorites like Forestedge Winery, Winedown, Portage Brewing Company, and Rendezvous Brewing.
  • Boating, Fishing & Swimming – find a public access beach near you and spend a day in or on the water!

Places to Visit

While many of the options mentioned in this blog are relatively local to North-Central Minnesota, there are several spots we love that are a bit farther away. If you’re looking to plan a getaway this summer, may we recommend the following destinations:

  • North Shore / Superior Hiking Trail
  • Duluth / Two Harbors
  • Lutsen / Grand Marais
  • BWCA
  • Twin Cities

We love Minnesota – the landscape, residents, and recreation. There are so many unique and special places here and we want everyone to have an amazing summer experience. If we missed your favorite place, let us know! We love hearing from and celebrating our up-north community.