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Visit southern Minnesota where you can explore charming small towns, visit some of our most beautiful state parks, and tour locations where you can learn about Native American history in Minnesota.

The best family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

Two distinct regions of southern Minnesota are typically called PrairieLand and BluffLand. PrairieLand, in the southwest corner of Minnesota, is now primarily farmland. Nevertheless, there are many reasons to visit this part of the state.

BluffLand, in the southwestern corner of the state, offers some of the state's most beautiful geography.

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Visit Southern Minnesota PrairieLand Attractions

Some of these attractions include the Laura Engalls Wilder House in Walnut Grove, the Sod House on the prairie, the Harkin Store near New Ulm, the World's Largest Twine Ball near the tiny village of Darwin.  

  • Lac Qui Parle State Park - This state park is a great place to visit if you like wildlife watching. Large flocks of migrating geese gather here in autumn and This state park is also adjacent to the Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Management Area. In addition to geese, you are likely to see white pelicans, prairie chickens, bald eagles and other types if Minnesota wildlife.
  • New Ulm - This town is a perfect place to celebrate your German heritage. Even if you are not of Teutonic descent, you will enjoy the chiming Glockenspiel, the statue of Hermann the German, and the wonderful German food and beer.
  • Pipestone National Monument - The type of pipestone quarried here is not found anywhere else in the world. Catlinite pipestone is used to carve pipes, bowls and other ceremonial objects used by Minnesota Native Americans.
  • Jeffers Petroglyphs - This historic site is an eighty-acre attraction that protects more than 2,000 ancient Native American carvings that include buffalo, deer, thunderbirds, humans, and weapons. 
  • Blue Mounds State Park - The mound for which this park is named appeared to be blue to early settlers. The amazing blue cliff is a massive 1.5 mile long outcropping of blue quartzite.
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Visit Southern Minnesota BluffLand Attractions

Scientists tell us that the Minnesota rivers and streams in Southern Minnesota once flowed rapidly through this area as glaciers melted, carving out the landscape. The rivers are still a primary attraction you can enjoy when you visit Southern Minnesota. The Zumbro River, Whitewater River, and     are wonderful fishing and canoeing and and the trails are perfect for biking and bird watching.

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Fishing Minnesota lakes and rivers is popular in all parts of the state. Bass fishing is especially popular here. Large mouth and small mouth bass love the waters of southern Minnesota that warm up before the frozen lakes farther north.

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