The 1,931 acres at Glendalough State Park on the western side of Minnesota offers a variety of habitat areas such as wetlands, prairie, and hardwood forest. With six lakes, the park has close to 1,000 acres of water and endless swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating opportunities.
We chose to go birding.
A major highlight for both kids was checking out the free birding kits from the park office. The handy-dandy carrying case had binoculars and several bird and wildflower guidebooks. Finley especially enjoyed using the binoculars to get a really, really close look at the wildflowers.
We hiked a 2-mile loop on the Lake Emma Trail, which provided excellent views of marshland. As a way to remember each of the state parks in our quest to visit them all, here are the highlights from each child’s perspective.
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley (4 ¾ years old)
- Seeing the beautiful lakes
- Eating a picnic
- Looking for wildflowers [we identified milkweed and yarrow]
- Telling Dad a story while hiking
- Carrying the binoculars
- Getting scratched by the prickly plant
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley (9 years old)
- Trying to catch frogs
- Having a picnic by the lake
- Using the binoculars to get a close-up look at Goldfinches
- Hiking to the floating observation dock
Have you been to Glendalough State Park? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!