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

Lake at sunsetThe New London, Spicer and Willmar is an area about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities and provides an amazing weekend get-away.

What to see and do

#WeAreWaterMN:  Smithsonian Museum on Main Street will be at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center from June 25-August 7, 2016. Many hands on exhibits such as We Are Water and How’s the Water   and other activities Kandiyohi County Historical Bus Tour on June 29 and the Okee Dokee Brothers Concert on July 2. For a full schedule check out http://www.mnhum.org/waterways/prairiewoods

 

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 Park: One of the top parks in Minnesota includes five lakes, sandy beaches, picnic areas, and an interpretive center.  Naturalists lead daily walks and there is fishing, swimming , hiking, portaging between two of the lakes and boating. Enjoy over 2500 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 located at the home of Jimmy Appleseed Orchard has over 800 apple trees boasting 12 different varieties. Try Minnesota made wines made onsite in a special tasting room or enjoy one of the beautiful patios. You can also dine there.

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 in many forms, pottery, mixed media & photography. This is your chance to meet the artists that create 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, is open for touring upon special request. Group tours available. Suggested donation to get in is $2.

The Barn Theatre: Check out Mary Poppins at local theatre in Willmar for 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.