By Brian Fischer   |   January 23, 2020  
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Things to Do in Spring in MN

Things to Do in Spring in MN: Spring is Blooming in MN

Zoom Image The arrival of spring marks the start of
maple syrup season in Minnesota.

Zoom Image As winter thaws to spring, head to
an MN maple tree tapping event.

Pure Maple Syrup Boiling in the Spring

Zoom Image The sweet smell of boiling
maple sap is a sure sing it’s spring.

Zoom Image As the first buds spring up, head out
to a spring flower show for inspiration.

Zoom Image Forget the groundhog; Macy’s Spring
Flower Show is a sure sign of spring in MN.

Spring is arriving in Minnesota and there are plenty of things to do. If cabin fever is pushing you out of the house, this spring, try one of these top ways to enjoy spring in Minnesota.

  1. Head to a maple syrup tapping event. When the nights are cold and the days get warm in March, it’s the ideal time to tap maple trees. MN State Parks and nature centers offer maple syrup tapping events, pancake breakfasts and other maple activities throughout the month.
  2. Enjoy a spring flower show. In celebration of spring – and the desire to get out in the garden – spring flower shows bloom all season long. Two well-known shows, the Macy’s Spring Flower Show and the Como Conservatory spring show bloom late March through April.

    Get your own garden growing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Spring into the Garden event in April. Design your garden plan, and then plant the seeds to begin growing.

  3. See the spring apple blooms. Drive the 17-mile Apple Blossom Scenic Drive in southeast Minnesota. Pass through the towns of La Crescent and Nodine. The area is home to many of the state’s top apple orchards, and the trees will be in full bloom in the spring.
  4. Watch the return of Minnesota’s birds. According to the Minnesota DNR, the state sees three waves of spring migration. The first birds to return typically begin their arrival late February through April. At this time, you’ll see waterfowl, such as several species of ducks. Shorebirds, such as the woodcock and killdeer, come in the second wave, in April and May. The final wave of songbirds comes late April through May.

    Nearly 40 percent arrive via the Mississippi River, according to the DNR, so plan a trip to the bluffland region this spring to watch their arrival. Overlooks and state parks or wildlife refuges along Highway 61, from Red Wing to Winona, are prime locations. Try a weekend away in Red Wing, MN and head to the overlooks at Frontenac State Park. Park Point in Duluth is also a prime location to see the arrival of songbirds.

    While many eagles winter along the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota, they are joined by others returning from the south in the spring. Head to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha to await their arrive as they head out across the state to nest.

  5. Watch spring bloom in Minnesota. The state’s nature centers offer unique views of the spring in bloom. In northwest Minnesota, visit the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls. The center has the highest waterfowl nesting density in Minnesota, and offers miles of trails through prairie grasses and wetlands.

    In other regions, visit River Bend Nature Center, a 743-acre center in Faribault; the 50-acre Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail; Hartley Nature Center in Duluth; and the 500-acre Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.






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