It’s no wonder why so many people claim autumn as their favorite season since there’s arguably nothing better than a tranquil stroll through the woods on a gorgeous fall day: The crisp air, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, the contrast of bright gold, orange and red leaves against a bright blue sky! Dozens of parks in the Twin Cities Gateway provide ample opportunity for you to enjoy fall colors, wildlife, birding, and the great outdoors, yet two stand out among the very best. Both serve the great outdoors alongside nature-based activities. Wargo Nature Center
in Lino Lakes is a breathtaking setting that offers everyday adventures such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, Nordic walking and snowshoeing alongside special events like a fall festival, 5k run/walk, and costume party. Fall youth activities and enrichment programs include survival basics, night hikes, and an open mic campfire. Over at Springbrook Nature Center
in Fridley, three miles of hiking trails meander through oak and aspen forest, past prairies and through wetlands with floating boardwalks; each environment offers a different glimpse of native plants and wildlife. Snakes, frogs and other creatures are always on display in the Interpretive Center. Programs that celebrate nature, wildlife and environmentalism are offered for all ages from toddler to adults. Upcoming special events include the 21+ Autumn Sampler beer and wine tasting on September 15, to help fund a future new picnic pavilion at the nature center, and Saturday Family Fun on September 8 and October 13 with varying themes aimed at elementary school-aged children.