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“A great place!”

Congaree National Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great place!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

This park is a must see. The visitors center is wonderful, the staff are extremely helpful and the exhibits are great. The boardwalk is a great place to see nature and wildlife. I will say that If you are going in the midst of summer be cautious on the ground trails because the snakes are out and about that time of year. Perfectly safe on the boardwalk with is raised off the ground!! This really is a beautiful place.

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Plainfield
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

My husband and I have been here twice now and we've loved it every time. It's peaceful and pretty and the trails are nice to hike. It's a great place to see migrating birds too. There is also a nice boardwalk over the swamp if you don't feel like walking on the regular trails. The park also has a beautiful visitor center. I would have loved to kayak on Cedar Creek, because it looked like fun.

Visited March 2012
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Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A naturalists dream”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Our family of 2 grandparents in mid 70s, 3 adult children and one teenager all toured the park on a warm June day. The visitor's center is well lighted and contains displays of early civilization inhabitants, as well as stuffed animals representing those found in the park. A small gift shop is also available there, as well as brochures and a map for a self guided walk. The boardwalk circle is just short of 2 easy miles, with stops at notable flora and fauna. There is an outlook deck overlooking the Congaree River, upon which a large snake was swimming toward our shore. He quickly disappeared in the underbrush. There were many turtles on the shore, and total quiet until one fussy child joined us. There are many hiking trails throughout the park for those more adventurous, we stayed on the walkway. It was a delightful experience.

Visited June 2012
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“Breathtaking!”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

We went to Congaree to celebrate my husbands birthday and we couldn't have picked a more magical place! We saw amazing insects, mushrooms plants and trees we've never heard of! We can't wait to go back. It truly is a national treasure. We suggest bringing towels and a change of shoes. It's absolutely a must see!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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“A rare virgin forest”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

This virgin, old-growth forest was spared logging because of the challenge of access, from colonial times forward. There are stories of slaves and vagabonds having encampments here, where they could evade detection and capture. Nowadays, there are some very nice boardwalks through the swamp, ranger guided walks and moonlight owl prowls, camping, and miles of hiking and canoeing. Mosquitos can be very annoying in the hot summers. October through April is the best time of year to go for a simple stroll on the boardwalk or for a weekend of camping. One of the unforgettable things to do for nature lovers visiting Columbia.

Visited March 2012
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