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If you are looking for a waterfront, family-friendly campground near the Twin Cities area, Brookside Campground is worth considering. Providing secluded and pet-friendly campsites shaded by mature oak trees, this RV park offers a range of motorhome camping options depending on your needs. Campsites with water, electric, and sewer hookups come in 20/30/50 amp configurations while sites with water and electric hookups come with 30/50 amp service. Modern restrooms with private showers, a laundry room, and a dump station are available for a more comfortable stay.
There is plenty to do here before and after venturing out to town and the wonderful outdoors. Break a sweat at the basketball and volleyball courts. At the end of the day, soothe tired muscles at the heated adult swimming pool. As a family-oriented campground, kids have their own toddler pool and two playground areas. Blooming Prairie campers of all ages will find additional entertainment at the gaga and horseshoe pits, as well as the game room. You may even check out board games and movies. And with wireless internet, you can keep everyone back home updated on your adventures.
Gather everyone for a special celebration at the picnic/group areas and covered pavilion, or take everyone out for a vigorous walk on the hiking trails. With the Cedar River close by, wet a line or gear up for a paddling trip downstream.
Plan your trip around exciting campground events to make your stay at Brookside Campground more fun. Bring the entire family along on Mother's Day and Father's Day events, and the little ones during the "Christmas in July" celebration with Santa. Wagon rides operate from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend on Friday and Saturday evenings. Pancakes are served for Sunday breakfast on Memorial Day and Labor Day too. Come with a potluck for dinners on the second Saturday of each month. Other times of the year, the campground is abuzz with scavenger hunts, crafts for kids (on Saturday mornings), outdoor movie nights, and karaoke singing.
Blooming Prairie is surrounded by lush state parks, the closest of which is Rice Lake State Park in nearby Owatonna. Whistling swans, Canadian snow and blue geese, and Western and pied-billed grebes are drawn to the park's marshes, lakes, and meadows during spring and fall migrations. Tall hardwoods harbor pileated woodpeckers. And if you like to spy wildlife from the water, paddle across the lake and enjoy seclusion in a canoe campsite.
A bit farther north but still within an hour's drive when camping at Brookside Campground is Sakatah Lake State Park. Beautiful sunsets over the lake are not the only main draw at the park; cyclists come here to pedal the 39-mile Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. If you'd rather smell the wildflowers, walk the Big Woods Trail in spring. Or bring binoculars to view warblers stopping over during spring migration. In the winter, skiing is a popular activity in the park.
The scenic Minneopa Falls is the prime attraction at Minneopa State Park, where you can see the "water falling twice." If the water level is low, you can walk the trail down to the Minneopa Creek to get a closer look at the falls. Otherwise, explore the Minnesota River Bluff Trail and the Seppmann Mill Trail instead to enjoy views of Minnesota prairie. For safety reasons, stay inside your Blooming Prairie camper rental if you wish to see bison roaming freely around a 300-acre enclosure. To survey where the creek meets the Minnesota River, follow the Minneopa Creek Confluence Trail to a shady gorge.
Book an RV in Steele County, and you’ll enjoy a wide range of activities and attractions year-round. Owatonna, the county seat, is less than half an hour’s drive when you rent a camper near Brookside Campground. It’s a great place to spend some time if you’re partial to history and the arts. Start by exploring the lay of the town's 12 blocks on a downtown historic walking tour and admire the blend of architectural styles from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Notable landmarks on the list of the National Register of Historic Places include the National Farmers Bank (1907-1908), the Steele County Courthouse (1891-1892), and the Firemen’s Hall (1907).
Enhance your understanding of the local history as you walk around the Village of Yesteryear and see cabins, shops (blacksmith, print, and general store), and a train depot, among the more than a dozen structures maintained by the Steele County Historical Society.
Owatonna once provided shelter to "state schoolers," orphaned, abandoned, or abused children who lived at the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. A former state schooler founded the Orphanage Museum at the property to remember the kids who lived here between1886 to 1945. Now called the West Hills Campus, the building also houses the Owatonna Arts Center, where paintings, murals, and music are featured.
Families may want to see turtles, salamanders, and a boa constrictor with celebrity ties at the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo. Meet animals from the Florida swamp with the daily Everglades Encounters show, feed salad to tortoises, or summon your courage to pet a snake or alligator. You’ll also be able to view more than 100 other animals that are housed in the zoo in a naturalistic setting.
You don’t have to sacrifice comfort when you’re camping in Blooming Prairie. With abundant amenities at Brookside Campground, including plentiful on-site entertainment and events, you’ll focus on enjoying the best of both nature and city.