Best Places to See Nature Around Saint Cloud, MN
St. Cloud parks offer great opportunities for you and your family to get out into nature. Local parks provide hiking trails to traverse on a sunny Minnesota day, and these are the nature spots nearby that we recommend.
Munsinger Gardens sits along the banks of the Mississippi River across from St. Cloud State University. Miles of winding paths give you a chance to get out into the fresh air and sunshine without traveling very far. They’re open daily during the spring, summer, and fall.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
There is plenty of nature to see at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. It is a wildlife sanctuary through August 31, and offers hiking trails, fishing spots, and a canoe route. Some areas are open to hunting after September 1, so check the park website for information before you go. The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day in season.
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Spanning 684 acres, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve is the largest park in Stearns County. The land consists of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and rock formations, with many species of native plants here. The Park is open from 8:00 AM to sunset year-round, and parking permits are required.
For an eco-friendly vehicle to explore Minnesota in with your family and take on a scenic road trip, check out the Mitsubishi Outlander or Outlander PHEV at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Minnesota National Parks and Forests | St. Cloud, MN
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway in your Mitsubishi, consider the many Minnesota National Parks and Forests. You can explore the outdoors by visiting Voyageurs, Whitewater, or Great River Bluffs State Park, which are just three of the many beautiful places that are a short drive from Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
According to the National Park Service, Voyagers National Park is over 40 percent water in terms of coverage, with a massive network of waterways. Many adventurers like to bring their own watercraft or take a park ranger boat tour, though there are also campsites and hiking trails to visit as well.
Whitewater State Park is one of the top places to visit in southeast Minnesota bringing in many outdoors explorers for day trips. Attractions include advanced hiking trails, scenic bluffs, trout fishing (in summer and winter), and a visitor center. In the spring, be sure to visit for the wildflowers.
Another top park in southeast Minnesota is Great River Bluffs, which lives up to its name. This location lets you see the Mississippi River Valley, and there are also camping and hiking opportunities. Bird watching is a popular activity, and there are also prairies with rare plants and flowers.
If you want an adventurous SUV to take on a Minnesota road trip to the beautiful parks, check out the Outlander or Outlander Sport at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Family in Summertime | Saint Cloud, MN
If you’re anything like us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, you look forward to summer fun all year long. Now that the wait is finally over, we thought we’d share some of the exciting summer events going on around the Saint Cloud, MN area that you should be sure to check out.
Art Trolley Adventure Tour
This summer, we suggest you check out the Minneapolis Art Trolley Adventure Tour. This great tour of our city features four or five unique stops that let you discover some of the most interesting things in the entire city. The locally-sourced food and wine on the journey are also a major bonus.
Mark your calendars now for Friday, August 30th and take a trip down to Luverne, MN to check out a one-of-a-kind tractor parade that the entire family will love. This unique farm equipment caravan is the perfect opportunity to do some sight-seeing around Rock County and enjoy plenty of small-town fun.
10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance
And of course, how could we forget the seventh annual 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance? Taking place on July 28, this exceptional gathering of rare and valuable classic cars, watercraft, and motorcycles is a must-see for anyone with any interest in things that go fast and look great!
If you’re ready to head out on the town this summer but your car is not, contact the team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
American Red Cross
You can become a volunteer for the American Red Cross at their St. Cloud Donation Center. Volunteers help assist the Red Cross by greeting and registering donors and offering refreshments. Hours are flexible, so you can work around your work schedule.
Whitney Senior Center
The Whitney Senior Center has various volunteer positions open, from hosting weekly events to teaching or leading workshops. Have a special talent you want to share with people? Here’s your chance.
The Salvation Army will always accept volunteers in areas like food serving, food shelf staff, and cooking. Volunteering in these areas means that you’ll get to help feed the members of your own community who are in need.
This local humane society helps find homes for cats, dogs, or other animals that come through their doors. You can volunteer to transport animals, walk them and keep their kennels clean, or even photograph them. What’s better than hanging out with dogs and cats?
The holiday season can take a lot out of you. All that budgeting, running around searching for the perfect presents, decorating, and preparing food for family gatherings requires a lot of energy. However, if you want to go into the new year feeling refreshed and re-energized, here are some going tips for kicking off the beginning of January by getting back into the groove after the holidays.
- Sleep More: With all that running around to attend friend and family events, you’ve probably exhausted yourself by having an inconsistent sleep schedule. Get back on a normal routine.
- Minimize Stress: Fatigue builds up over the holiday season. Make a point to take some time out of the day just to meditate or have quiet time.
- Exercise and Eat Right: Let’s face it—everyone’s diet takes a nosedive during Christmas. You probably didn’t have time to work out, either. Focus on a balanced diet and exercise plan, and you’ll feel better in no time.
- Get Your Finances on Track: All those presents are expensive! Hold onto all those gift receipts, balance your checkbook, and give yourself a budget. You’ll be glad you did later.
- Organize Your Life: While you were cleaning the entertaining areas of your home for the holidays, you may have let your other routines fall to the wayside. Stay on top of domestic chores and, now that you’re settled, make time for your family, too.
After the holidays, you might feel like you’re sliding down a slippery slope, but just a few more days of resting and preparing can make you feel brand new.
Thanksgiving is rolling around, which means family and friends will be coming together for a feast before you know it. This holiday season, however, we here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi would like to ask you to give a little back to your community. The local food pantries in St. Cloud could use your donations in preparation this coming holiday.
The Salvation Army Food Shelf is one of the major food pantries in our area. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 1pm and 3pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 11am.
Those in need should note that there’s a one visit per month limit and you’ll need a photo ID and proof of address as well. The Salvation Army Food Shelf in St. Cloud, Minnesota serves the Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties.
It doesn’t matter how little or how much you give—every bit helps feed the hungry and less fortunate in our very own community.
If you don’t have anything to give, consider volunteering your time instead. Contact the food pantry directly at (320) 252-4552. Potential volunteers can also fill out a volunteer application and drop it off at the Worship and Service Center located at 400 U.S. Highway 10 South.
You have a few more weeks until Halloween, which is enough time to put the final touches on everyone’s Halloween costumes. If you and your family really want to go all out this year, consider a family Halloween costume. Here are some great ideas that are sure to win the next costume contest.
- Space Family. With this theme, you could combine astronauts and aliens. Anything silver is a good choice.
- One parent can dress as a zookeeper while everyone else can choose their favorite animal costume.
- Despicable Me. Have Dad dress as Gru, Mom can be Lucy Wilde, and the kids can all be cute yellow Minions.
- Football team. Parents can dress as referees, while the little ones can pack on the pads and helmets. If you have a newborn, dress the baby as the football.
- For a touch of scary for your family costume, try some creepy costumes from this classic movie.
- Lord of the Rings. Create your own fellowship with your favorite characters from this iconic book and movie series.
- Toy Story. Let your kids choose their favorite characters from the Toy Story movies and Mom and Dad can fill in the gaps.
Are you planning a family Halloween costume this year? Be sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for our trunk or treat event leading up to Halloween!
Live in or near the St. Cloud area in Minnesota? Every year, the Rotary Club at St. George takes advantage of the summer heat to hold the annual Summertime by George Festival on the shores of the newly-renovated Lake George. The festival began in June, but runs for 12 weeks every Wednesday until August 26th. The event opens to the public at 5pm; the music begins at 6 and lasts until 9.
Admission to Summertime by George is entirely free to the public. Other activities at the festival include the Middle Town Market, providing access to a diverse variety of local vendors and food. The Eastman Tavern is nearby and serves craft beers, wine, and snacks, and the little ones can play to their hearts’ content in Little Georgetown. There’s also a trolley that runs through the area every 10 minutes Wednesday evenings, which makes parking much easier.
The Summertime by George Festival celebrates fun, live musical performances as well as local artisans and culture, nearby eateries, and area breweries. Whether you’re getting a drink with friends or looking for an evening with your family, Lake George has an all-summer-long event to keep you entertained. Stop in and tell us all about it at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
If you are looking for something to do this month, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi highly recommend taking time to go to the St. Cloud Granite City Days. This year’s festival is celebrating 10 years of amazing events and will take place starting Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th.
The official Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, but for all you early birds, there’s plenty going on before the festival officially starts. There is a variety of event and entertainment available during the four-day festival. Each day is jam-packed with great activities such as a Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, a Medallion Hunt, a Parade, a Fishing Derby, and even a Civil Air Patrol Fly-In Pancake Breakfast.
There are also canoe rides from Beaver Island to River Bluffs Park and a Gran Fondo Bike Ride at Lake George, which is a new addition to this year’s festivities. In addition to many great activities for you and your family to do, this festival will see it’s fair share of amazing entertainers, such as TONIC SOL-FA, Justin Ploof & the Throwbacks, and Jack and Kitty.
For more information and a detailed schedule, click here. This is one amazing festival that you do not want to miss!
As the weather warms, it can only mean one thing: spring cleaning. This time of year is perfect for washing away dirt and debris, giving your car a fresh, clean look. We’ve put together a list of five spring cleaning tips for your car.
According to Fox News, slush, salt, and cold temperatures can be especially harmful on your car, leading to corrosion. One important area to clean that you don’t normally see is the underbody. Salt from the road can coat the bottom of your car, doing serious damage. Check your local car wash to see if they have an undercarriage power wash. If not, simply spray it off with a hose.
Next, clean the exterior paint and the interior fabric or leather. Make sure to scrub the hard to reach places, like the bottoms of doors, window channels, and around the wheel wells. Also, get a steam cleaner if possible to remove any salt that may have been tracked to the interior.
After this is done, replace your wiper blades. Winter can be especially harsh on your wipers, making the spring the perfect time to get a new pair. You might also consider applying RainX or other treatments that may have worn off.
Don’t forget to check your tires! Tire pressure increases for every 10-degree rise in temperature. Make sure tires are at the proper psi (pressure per square inch) rating. You may also check for uneven wear, cracking, or low tread. Warmer weather is a great time to consider new tires.
Finally, top off your fluids. Make sure wiper fluid is at proper levels, and also check oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and any other systems you might have. This is also a great time of year to change your oil, giving your car a fresh start for warmer weather.
And if you want to get a good clean detail on your vehicle, stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a great detailing job by our Detail Department!