The Charles H Burwell House
13209 E McGinty Road, Minnetonka
Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement
It’s like getting out of town without actually leaving. Just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis is the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement–Twin Cities Environmental Learning Center. This rustic learning center is situated within beautiful Baker Park Reserve. Here, guests can reconnect with nature and explore the outdoors.
Scheduled Visits Only
4001 County Road 24, Maple Plain, MN 55359
Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Gardens
An amazing sculpture garden and one of the most unique 14-hole mini-golf courses you have ever seen. Play a casual game of mini-golf while you contemplate modern art; stop to roast a marshmallow in the circle of a mini Stonehenge, browse the sculpture garden and watch the farm animals graze. It’s a great place to get together with friends or family.
7110 County Rd 110 W, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Phone: (952) 472-9292
Gale Woods Farm
Outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship.
Explore the park on your own, arrange a field trip, or attend a public event. You can also buy fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake or host a celebration. In addition to programs and summer camps for aspiring farmhands, you’ll find a variety of skill-based classes including fiber arts, cooking, and gardening.
5:00 AM-10:00 PM
7210 County Road 110W, Minnetrista, MN 55364
2018 Road Closure and Detour Information: Construction on roads near Gale Woods may impact your normal route to the farm.
Learn more at: https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/gale-woods-farm
Grimm Farm Historic Site
Just a short drive west of Minneapolis, you’ll find the Grimm Farm Historic Site, where visitors have the opportunity to experience Minnesota’s agricultural heritage. It is often called the birthplace of the Dairy Belt thanks to the successful seed saving practices of the Grimm family, which resulted in the first winter-hardy alfalfa in North America. The farm house is part of a restoration project aimed at returning the site to its original state.
Open during scheduled programs only
7720 Grimm Road, Victoria, MN 55386
Lowry Nature Center
Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of Carver Park Reserve. View seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals, observe birds in the wildlife viewing area, or relax near the fireplace or on the deck.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mon-Sat; Noon-5:00 PM Sun
7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Wayzata Depot and Museum
Wednesdays, weekends, and holidays April through December 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
402 East Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata
The depot was constructed by James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railroad in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The “heart” of the Depot houses the ticket window, the stationmaster’s desk, and the operator’s desk along with additional pictures, exhibits, and memorabilia. Much of the equipment is original and still is operational! Experienced volunteers display how the equipment was used and share stories of its usage.
Kids, of any age, can try their hand at sending a Morse code message.
For those interested in modern day railroading, the tracks that pass the depot carry about a dozen trains per day. The office is well-equipped with a train monitoring display showing the current locations of nearby trains.
The train runs, weather permitting, every Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. April through October.
Westonka Historical Society
5341 Maywood Road, Mound, MN 55364
Open Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM or by appointment
Admission of $3 donation per visitor to see the museum during our open hours.