Minnesota State Parks and Trails are beautiful at all times of day and night. Nighttime events are a great way to see your favorite parks in a whole new light. Get out and experience the allure of outdoor activities after sunset.
- Lots of parks schedule special events after dusk, such as nighttime hikes, moonlit paddles, or programs about nocturnal critters, or storytelling programs. See the events calendar below for more information!
- Make a vacation of it! Reserve a campsite or camper cabin and enjoy the full overnight experience.
- Get to know the night skies with one of the free 90-minute programs presented by the University of Minnesota Astronomy Department. All you have to bring is your cosmic curiosity - telescopes are provided.
- Seasonal winter candlelight events are a great way to keep your whole family active during the winter. Learn more!
Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.
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|05/23/20||Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!||William O'Brien State Park|
|05/24/20||Snake Discovery Evening Program||Interstate State Park|
|05/24/20||Night Sky of the Northwoods||Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park|
|05/24/20||Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer||Itasca State Park|
|06/05/20||Full Moon Night Hike||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|06/05/20||Universe in the Park||Afton State Park|
|06/27/20||Universe In The Park||William O'Brien State Park|
|07/03/20||Full Moon Night Hike||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|07/04/20||Fireflies Natures Night Lights||Forestville Mystery Cave State Park|
|07/05/20||Full Moon Hike||Forestville Mystery Cave State Park|
|07/11/20||Fire Starter||Fort Snelling State Park|
|07/11/20||Universe in the Park||Tettegouche State Park|
|07/26/20||Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Northern Bass||Itasca State Park|
|07/31/20||Universe in the Park||Father Hennepin State Park|
|07/31/20||S'mores Stories: Sophie's Night Sky Adventure||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|08/01/20||Universe in the Park||Mille Lacs Kathio State Park|
|08/03/20||Full Moon Hike||Forestville Mystery Cave State Park|
|08/07/20||Universe In The Park||William O'Brien State Park|
|08/15/20||S'mores Stories: Night-Time Animals||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|08/21/20 - 08/22/20||Dark Sky Festival||Forestville Mystery Cave State Park|
|08/22/20||DL and the Clean Starts||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|09/02/20||Full Moon Hike||Forestville Mystery Cave State Park|
|09/19/20||Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Northern Bass, Sunset Concert||Itasca State Park|
|09/26/20||Itasca's Evening Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer||Itasca State Park|