Sibley State Park Recap

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With less weekend obligations this summer, my husband and I are looking to spend parts of our weekend exploring the different attractions that Minnesota has to offer.  With a one and three-year-old, we are more so looking for places with a park, picnic areas, and places to hike.  This past weekend we spent a few hours at Sibley State Park which was an hour drive for us and is located between Belgrade and Willmar.  

Below I will outline a few of the highlights from our day trip if anyone is interested in visiting in the future.

*Please note that all opinions are my own and based off of the one experience with our family of two adults and two young children. 

Highlights

  • Location/Scenery

As we were driving in, there were plenty of trees, hills, and lakes to see while we were in the car.  Unfortunately, I did not really take in the views too much while I was sitting in the passenger seat because I was heavily involved with the baby crochet hat I was working on.  #crochetproblems

Once we arrived, our first spot after the Visitor Information Center was Mt. Tom.  With a three-year-old that was ready to move, it was a nice little hike to what he called the tree house.  The view was refreshing with the crisp blue sky, clouds moving in, and lush greenery.  Our son was a little hesitant with all the steps but he was pretty proud of himself when he went down all the steps all by himself. 

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  • Interactive Building

The next stop was the Interpretive/Trail Center where we had the building all to ourselves to explore for about twenty minutes before we were onto the next location.  The animals and forestry pieces they had were very fun for our kids to see up close.  The large birds were a little intimidating for our son but seeing his face light up after he built up the courage to see them close up was pretty enjoyable for us as parents.  

 

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  • The Beach

The picnic tables were close to the beach making it a fun people watching location.  PBJs, applesauce, watermelon, carrots, and Goldfish were on the menu.  Everything was very close making it convenient to keep our bags on the picnic tables without being too fearful of someone snatching our goods.

As for fishing, as soon as we pulled in my husband noticed the fishing pier and was bummed he did not bring his fishing equipment.  Next time!  

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Overall, we let home at 9 am and arrived back around 2:30 pm.  We decided to buy the season parking pass so hopefully I will be doing more recap posts about all of the other state park trips that we take this summer.  

Have you been to Sibley State Park before?  If so, what is your favorite thing to do while visiting? Please comment below!