Thursday, June 9, 2016

Water/Ways in New London-Spicer: Twelve great things to do

Original blog post by Pam McCurdy, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, April 25, 2016. [Read the original blog post]

The New London, Spicer and Willmar area - just two hours from the Twin Cities - offers a fantastic weekend getaway. Here are some of the things you can see and do.

What to see and do

#MNWaterWaysSmithsonian Museum on Main Street will be at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center from June 25 - August 7, 2016. There will be many hands on exhibits such as We Are Water and How’s the Water and other activities including a Kandiyohi County Historical Bus Tour on June 29 and the Okee Dokee Brothers Concert on July 2. For a full schedule checkout:

Glacial Lakes State Trail: Great biking! This paved trail starts from the Civic Center at the northeast edge of Willmar and winds 22 miles past Green Lake in Spicer and on to New London, Hawick and the Kandiyohi/Stearns county line. 

More biking: Little-used County Road 148, a pleasantly rolling, five-mile stretch through cattail marshes and fields, has a wide bike lane and connects Sibley State Park with the little resort town of New London.

Sibley State ParkOne of the top parks in Minnesota it includes five lakes, sandy beaches, picnic areas, an interpretive center where naturalists lead daily walks, fishing, swimming , hiking, portaging between two of the lakes and boating. Enjoy over 2,500 acres!

Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway: This officially designated Minnesota State Scenic Byway is a 220 mile route through lakes, woods and farmlands.

Glacial Ridge Winery: The winery is located at the home of Jimmy Appleseed Orchard, which has over 800 apple trees boasting 12 different varieties. Try the Minnesota made wines in a special testing room or enjoy one of the beautiful patios...

Little Crow Ski Team shows: The Little Crow Water Ski Team puts on shows Friday evenings in New London's Neer Park, June through Labor Day, except when they're on the road for tournaments. They also perform at festivals. Admission is $5.

2016’s Willmar/New London/Spicer Studio Hop (June 17 and 18) will give you the opportunity to visit local studios and meet the artists! The artists always display an eclectic mix of artwork — paintings in several media, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, mixed media works & photography. This is your chance to meet the artists who created these works during the 12th Annual Studio Hop.

Kandiyohi County Historical Museum: Check out the Great Northern Steam locomotive engine #2523, Kandiyohi City depot, museum, county history, American Indian artifacts, horse-drawn fire engine, research center and District #18 country school. The Victorian Sperry House, built in 1893, provides tours upon request. Group tours available. Suggested donation to get in is $2. 

The Barn Theatre: Check out Mary Poppins at the local theatre in Willmar for a night of family fun.
 Foot Lake 4: 4-mile walk/run around Foot Lake in Willmar on June 25.

Green Lake Road Race: 12-mile run around Green Lake in Spicer on July 3.

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