6 Fall & Winter Family Activities You Cannot Miss in Central Minnesota

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From haunted Halloween houses through to Christmas events and go-kart tracks this list offers some extraordinary days of family fun on a very reasonable budget. This is truly something for all the family.

Central Minnesota is an amazing place, and to help you get out there and enjoy it we’ve put together a list of five absolutely unmissable activities, events, and destinations for the entire family. From the educational to the exciting, from the frightening to the festive, we’ve got you covered.

Make the Most of Fall by Cycling the Soo Line Trail

In the Mille Lacs area, you’ll find part of the Soo Line trail. This section is a paved, off-road trail in the old Soo Line railroad corridor between Isle and Onamia. It’s an 11-mile trail in total so more than achievable even for beginner cyclists. And just in case anyone wants to do some more exploring two state parks, Father Hennepin & Mille Lacs Kathio, are accessible from the trail via low traffic roads. This can be a great Minnesota venue for your next adventure.

You can choose to grab a few bikes and get cycling, or if you want a longer day out you can walk the route. However, you travel you’ll get to take in some amazing views as well as a few historical signs and sites along the way. Plus there’s nothing like fresh air and exercise to tire everyone out!

Kick Things Up a Gear With Casey’s Amusement Park

This great day is perfect for the whole family, with enough variety to keep everyone entertained. Located on County Road 42 & North Nokomis, Street Casey’s Amusement park features Go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, a games arcade and plenty of other activities.

It’s open every day l0am to 11 pm, but be quick because it only runs May ’til September each year!

Terrible Teens? Time to Get Your Own Back at the Henning Haunted House

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Henning Haunted house welcomes more than 600 people through its spooky doors each year. Expect ghouls, monsters, masks and many a horror in this one-hundred-year-old house.

Not only is it the perfect way to get your own back on any cheeky teenagers you might have, but you can also get in for only $5 a ticket, making it an affordable night out. And did we mention that all profits go to the local charity Henning HOPE?

A quick heads up, though, the organizers suggest no under lots, so if you’ve got any little ones (or older ones that scare easy) best give this one a miss! For those of you looking for a Halloween family scare, the house is open.

Feeling More Historical? An Educational Trip to the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site

Here you and the family get the chance to tour Charles Lindbergh’s boyhood home and learn more about the man who flight from New York to Paris sparked an aviation revolution. There’s also a visitor center with various exhibits and a ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ flight simulator. Plus if you time your trip right you might visit on a day when the site puts on a historic film or has costumed actors exploring parts of Charles’ life.

Even better you can bring a picnic and turn the rest of the day into an outdoor adventure, following a riverside trail and venture into the Lindbergh state park for some beautiful scenery.

Who says history has to be dull?

For Budding Sports Stars,?The Fergus Falls Turkey Trot

This brilliant medley of races offers something for all levels of ability, with 10k and ski races alongside a 1-mile fun run.

For those looking to get sweaty, there will be prizes for the top three finishers in each event, and for those just looking to have some fun why not aim to win the prize for best costume?

Runners Walkers and Spectators are welcome; with race entry prices range from $5 to $25 and proceed to benefit the Children’s Services Association.

Kennedy Secondary School

If you’re the kind of family that loves a day of the sport then head over to Kennedy Secondary School on the 14th of November for a day that’s guaranteed to get pulses raised!

Get into the Christmas Spirit with a Free Sleigh Ride and a Festival of Lights. Yep, you heard right, a free horse-drawn (oh, sorry, reindeer-drawn) sleigh ride for all the family. You can bring the kids along to meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa, and all children will receive a free goodie bag!

If all this sounds like your kind of thing then head on over to Aldrich Avenue in Wadena on Saturday the 28th of November.

Pine River Parade of Lights

Or if you’re a little more traditional and think November is too early for Christmas festivities then why not wait until the 12th of December for the Pine River Parade of Lights. You’ll get to watch the parade at 5pm, enjoy fireworks at 6:25pm and finish the evening with free cookies, hot chocolate, and hot cider up at the information center. Sounds like a merry Christmas indeed!