Summer Top 10 Things to do in the Marshall Area:
Marshall's favorite trivia night is BACK and we invite you to make reservations for Traveling Trivia at El Rancho on July 9th. Put a team together and call the restaurant to make your reservation between 5:00pm and 8:00pm that night. Our staff will be present and will have a sheet of 25 questions written out for you to answer any time during your reservation. Scoring will be done when you submit it back to us and winners will be announced the following day on Facebook! Can't make it in July? Stay connected with our events calendar and Facebook page to see when and where our trivia will be in August!
2. Crazy Days Medallion Hunt
Join the hunt for the Crazy Days Medallion Hunt! We are hiding our Visit Marshall Medallion somewhere in Marshall on Monday, July 13th! Follow our Facebook and Twitter page to see clues posted twice per day until the medallion is found. If you find it, bring it back to the Visit Marshall office to claim your prize! Don't forget to shop the decades of deals on Thursday, July 16th for Marshall Downtown Business Association's annual Crazy Days event!
A great way to social distance but still get in the adventures you crave during summer is to take a ride on the Camden Regional Bike Trail! There are over 30 miles of trail and you can make it from Marshall all the way to Camden State Park with stops along the way for maintenance and rest. Be sure to bring along a water bottle so you keep hydrated in the heat of summer months. Check out the Camden State Park website for more information on trails to explore!
When the temperature rises, it's always a great time to take a dip in the pool. Check out Marshall Aquatic Center for your fix of water slides and swimming all summer long! Be sure to get admission bands so you can visit multiple times. You can check out their hours of operation and admission prices online here, or follow their Facebook page for other updates and information. The Marshall Aquatic Center features a 190-foot Aqua Trail Water Slide and a three-pool complex with a diving well and shallow pool option. The aquatic center is connected to Legion Park, where you can take advantage of tennis courts, picnic areas, and playground equipment.
5. Coffee Break
What's your favorite beverage to use as a mid-day pick-me-up? Whether you're a coffee drinker or not, one of Marshall's amazing coffee shops are a one stop shop for something cold and refreshing! Whether you prefer an iced coffee, frozen blended beverage or even a fruity Italian soda, you'll be sure to find your new summer favorite at one of Marshall's coffee shops. You can fulfill your taste buds at Caribou Coffee & Bagels, Bagels & Brew, Mainstay Cafe, or Hy-Vee's Starbucks!
6. Frisbee Golf
Need an activity for the family on a nice day? Check out the area locations to play frisbee golf and compete against your friends. With an 18-basket course in town on SMSU's campus and a 9-basket course at Garvin County Park south of town, frisbee golf is a fun and cheap way to spend the day to make lasting memories. Challenge yourself with elevation changes and distances! Check out their website for maps and more information.
A trip to the beach isn't a plane ride away when you're in Marshall. Make your way to Camden State Park to swim or float in the spring-fed pool, located near the lower campground of the park. The swimming beach has enough room to space yourselves out and enjoy the sun amidst the greenery of trees surrounding. Bring along the sunscreen and have some fun exploring the park when you want a break from the water.
If you want to get ready for hunting season in the fall, summer is a great time to get out and target practice. Marshall is home to a few different options for target practice, including clay targets and even an archery park to practice with your bow and arrow. Marshall Archery Park is open from dawn to dusk and offers free admission to the public. This park recently opened and is a new hot spot for outdoorsmen in the area! You can use clay targets at Shooters Sporting Club, where target practice competitions are also hosted throughout the summer or Redwood River Sportsmans Club, where 4 trap ranges, 3 rifle ranges and even a pistol range is available. For more information, check out their website!
There are various flying creatures around the prairie of Southwest Minnesota, and Marshall's outdoors are the perfect place to find unique birds in their natural habitat. Bird watching is a popular way to spend time, as it is a relaxing hobby that allows you to take an adventure at the same time. Experience a dozen sparrow species or a rough-legged hawk as they fly around Camden State Park by the Black Rush Lake. The Marshall area has extreme habitat diversity and is a great place for a quick birding adventure for an afternoon. Check out more birds to keep an eye out for here.
Camping is a Minnesota tradition, with so many parks to enjoy the outdoors available. The Marshall area is home to Camden State Park, Garvin County Park and Twin Lakes Park, all equipped with camping sites - both electric and non-electric. If you need a weekend getaway that's not too far from home, pitch a tent or pack your camper and vacation close to home. The ultimate staycation is an adventure that's nearby.