Whether it’s the sweet aroma of the flowers you seek, a brightly colored backdrop for a perfect photo opp with your children, or a scavenger hunt through the woods to find the perfect wildflower, this top list will have you stopping to smell and photograph all of your beautiful surroundings.


  1. Munsinger Clemons Gardens (St Cloud)- Worth the drive to see these beautiful gardens.
  2. Lyndale Park Rose Gardens (Minneapolis)– Showcasing 3,000 plants in 100 different varieties, the Lyndale Park Rose Garden is the second oldest public rose garden in the United States
  3. Como Park’s Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (St. Paul)– The gardens are beautiful year round. In the summer make sure to check out the outdoor Japanese Gardens, and in the winter the conservatory makes for a great escape from the cold.
  4. Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden (Minneapolis) – Located in Theodore Wirth Park, this lovely garden has sweet smelling walking trails and oh so many flowers
  5. Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park (Northfield) – This park offers more than just big woods. Pick up a guide at the visitor center on your way in.
  6. Blue Mounds State Park (Luverne) – Look for the yellow flowers of the prickly pear cactus in June.
  7. Itasca Wilderness Sanctuary SNA (Park Rapids) – Located in Itasca state park, this is a great spot to look for Minnesota state flower, the Ladyslipper!
  8. Join in the Geocaching Adventure (Various) –  Learn about wildflowers and pollinators while having fun geocaching! Answer the Call of the Wildflowers challenge which will take you across 74 Minnesota State Parks and seven state trails.
  9. Long Lake Regional Park (New Brighton)– Over 250 species of plants and wildflowers have been identified in this park to date.
  10. Wild River State Park (Center City) – Each month throughout spring and summer brings different wildflowers in bloom
  11. Battle Creek Regional Park (St Paul) – One of the best places in the city to find wild flowers in the woods.

sKIDaddlers was started by 2 local Minnesota moms with a love for traveling and a knack for research.  Learn more about us and what you can find on our site here.

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