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.
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Best places to ski in Minnesota | St. Cloud, MN
Winter in St. Cloud always means one positive thing: skiing season is here. Whether you’re just figuring out how to master the pizza and french fries technique or a seasoned pro hunting black diamonds, you’ll have a grand time at some of the best places to ski in Minnesota.
Andes Tower Hills
A short shot westbound on I-94 brings you to Andes Tower Hills in Kensington, which features 15 different downhill runs for skiers of all skill levels. If you’re in search of a challenge, you’ll get exactly that on the Worm Gear and Little America runs. For those just starting out, Andes Tower Hills has an ample Terrain Park for practice as well as available instruction.
St. Cloud’s favorite and most accessible ski resort is Powder Ridge, which sits under half an hour outside of the city. Popular for its affordable admission — including events like Two for Tuesdays and Wild Wednesday — Powder Ridge is a beloved destination for first dates, outings with friends, or just breaking away for a good time after a busy week at work. If you’ve never been to one of the resort’s Lazer Light Tubing nights, you’re missing out.
Como Park Ski Center
The Como Park Ski Center in St. Paul offers 15 skiable, beautifully maintained acres of terrain perfect for all ages and experiences. The center is a great place to take your young ones if you want them to learn the ropes, offering affordable lessons for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. Better still, it’s close to Lake Como and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, so it’s a great place for a full family outing.
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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.
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Here in Minnesota, winter never slows us down. If you are looking for some fun winter activities in Minneapolis, we have some great suggestions.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Explore great works of art and ancient history with the museum’s newest special exhibit. Pieces from Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be on display at the museum through April 14th.
Northeast Farmers Market
Explore the crafts and goodies from over 35 local vendors at the monthly farmers market. It will be held on February 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Chowgirls at Solar Arts, and once again on March 17. There will also be live music, entertainment, and other activities.
2019 Winter Beer Dabbler
The 10th annual Winter Beer Dabbler will be held at the Minnesota State Fairground on February 23rd from 3 – 6:30 p.m. This outdoor festival lets you sample and enjoy some great locally brewed beers.
Twin Cities Auto Show
If you love cars as much as we do, make sure you add the Twin Cities Auto Show to your calendar. It will be held March 9th through the 17th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, the Whitewater State park hosts guided snowshoe tours twice a month on Saturdays. Other parks around Minneapolis are up for exploration and offer snowshoe rentals as well.
Minneapolis is never short on things to do in the wintertime, and we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi hope you stay safe and enjoy all that winter has to offer.
St. Cloud, Minnesota is home to a lively atmosphere and a welcoming community. Getting outside is one of the best ways to live better and meet new people. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor events in St. Cloud that will make this coming spring a memorable one.
Pine Grove Zoo Season Opening
April 16th marks the official opening of the Pine Grove Zoo for the 2018 season. Located a short drive from St. Cloud, the Pine Grove Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals and educational programs that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Stop by on opening day to see some exotic animals and learn something new.
Earth Day Run
This year’s Earth Day Run takes place on April 20th and 21st at St. Cloud State University and is a great way to spend some time outdoors. There are multiple runs to choose from, including one for the kids. Companies can even take part in the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. 5K Corporate Challenge. Once all is said and done, be sure to attend the post-race parties to top off a wonderful weekend outdoors.
Mental Health Walk
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting the 5th annual Mental Health Walk on May 19th. The event takes place around Lake George and offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors for a good cause. Take part in the silent basket auction and enjoy refreshments. Don’t forget to consider donating.
Heading to local parks is another great way to enjoy spring, and if you need a vehicle to reach those destinations, then you should stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
If you’re in the St. Cloud area and are looking for opportunities to test your off-road driving skills, you’re in luck, as the area features plenty of great off-road trails that are perfect for switching into 4WD and getting the most out of your vehicle. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we carry a variety of All-Wheel Control vehicles, so it’s only fair that we share our favorite off-road trails in Minnesota.
Washington/ Ramsey Trail
Situated in the Nemadji State Forest, this trail system is 71 miles long and features impressive twists, steep climbs, and tight passages, all overlooking some seriously stunning landscapes. If you’re looking for a great way to get the most out of your vehicle, this trail is for you.
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
Located just East of the city of Gilbert, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area should be on the short list of every off-road driver. This huge park offers 36 miles of trails and takes you over a huge variety of terrains and elevations so you can really test your skills.
Bemis Hill Trails
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend an entire weekend, be sure to check out Bemis Hill Trails. An 85-mile system of trails perfect for off-roading, Bemis Hill is located on the shoreline of an ancient glacial lake which naturally carved out a beautiful and rugged landscape.
For the ideal off-roader, stop into Don Robinson Mitsubishi and check out our lineup.
Mitsubishi offers awesome value, as well as a commitment to excellence and quality, and that continuous dedication to innovation has brought the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage to fruition. The new model launches this year with upgraded standard equipment as well as the great, affordable price tag drivers have come to expect from Mitsubishi’s lineup. And with all the perks to owning a Mirage, such as the best non-hybrid fuel economy in the business, you’re in for a great ride.
The new Mitsubishi Mirage will sport a price tag just under $13,400 and comes with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen display for the audio system. That, in turn, comes with Bluetooth ® wireless software that allows you to stream your favorite music and make hands-free phone calls. There’s also a USB port in the center console for charging or syncing your phone. You can still get features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto or driver’s seat armrests as available options on upper trims.
The new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is now available on dealer’s lots across the nation. Come test drive one for yourself and experience its great reliability, value, and fuel economy, as well as all of its brand-new upgraded tech, at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
There are many colorful fall drives in Minnesota for those that want a sample of the Midwest’s glorious seasonal views.
St. Croix River Valley
Take Highway 95 from Taylor Falls to Afton to witness the brilliant foliage at four different state parks with scenic river views. However, this route is a popular one in the fall, so look out for traffic.
Brainerd Lakes & Mille Lacs
Head to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to see several great Minnesota lakes on the way, including the Gull, Pelican, Cross, and Whitefish Chain lakes. Check out the park’s observation tower!
Otter Tail County
While this route also takes place on Highways 108 and 78, it winds through several country roads, too, featuring local farmland, historic sites, and two state parks.
Minnesota River Drive
The winding Minnesota River takes you past the colorful golden hues of indigenous hardwoods. Relax in nearby parks like Mankato and New Ulm, and stop by Minneopa State Park to see the waterfalls.
Twin Cities Touring
Loop around this more urban fall view that encircles Lake of the Isles, Calhoun, Harriet, and Nokomis Lakes. All you have to do is follow the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.
Check out these colorful fall drives only in Minnesota. If you need a ride for exploring, then come to Don Robinson Mitsubishi for your next vehicle.
Adventure-seekers and outdoor-lovers: get ready. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, the Outlander and Outlander Sport are waiting to take you on an adventure. Exploring Minnesota is easy when you’re behind the wheel of an SUV.
There’s plenty of fishing to do in Central Minnesota. Otter Tail County is the ideal place for fishing, where the multiple lakes are full of bass, panfish, and northern pike. At Mille Lacs Lake, there are even guided launch trips. Getting there is a breeze with a capable SUV.
The beautiful views in Minnesota aren’t just for looks. The woods and mountains provide great hiking trails. At Portsmuth Overlook, you can enjoy a refreshing hike with an amazing view. If you want a view from an observation tower, then make the trek up Mille Lacs Kathio State Park’s tower.
Strap your bikes to your SUV’s roof and switch out your car tires for bike tires for a bit. Central Lakes State Trail and Bunyan State Trail are two paved trails you can take if you aren’t feeling incredibly rugged. If you’re in for an adventure, the Lake Wobegon Trail stretches through farms, lakes, and wetlands.
If you need an SUV to take you on all these adventures, you know where to find it! Come on down to Don Robinson Mitsubishi so that you can begin enjoying the great outdoors of Minnesota.
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?