Birding

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Birders flock to the Twin Cities to observe different species in their natural habitats. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary within Theodore Wirth Regional Park are just a couple birding hot spots in the Twin Cities.

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Baker Park Reserve

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Clifton E. French Regional Park

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Fort Snelling State Park

Baker Park Reserve

Well known for its more than 200 campsites, Baker Park offers nearly 3,000 acres of natural landscape on the shores of Lake Independence in Maple Plain.

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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1976 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, fish and other wildlife species, the refuge is part of a corridor of land and water stretching nearly 70 miles along the Minnesota River.

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Clifton E. French Regional Park

Located on the northern shore of Medicine Lake in Plymouth, 310 acres of woods and lake habitat see yellow warblers, ring-necked pheasants, great blue herons, red-tailed hawks and other varieties of waterfowl.

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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Home to upwards of 500 plant species and 130 bird species, it’s no wonder why this natural oasis receives around 60,000 visitors every year.

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Fort Snelling State Park

It’s not just a history buff haven. Fort Snelling State Park is home to extensive hiking, bike and cross-country ski trails that connect with Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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Jay Cooke State Park

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Seven Wonders of the Twin Cities

With all the great things to see and do in the Twin Cities, it can be tough to try and fit everything in during your time here—and easy to miss out on some of the best. So we've compiled a list of the Seven Wonders of the Twin Cities to maximize your time, and to see how Minneapolis and St. Paul set themselves apart from the rest.

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