The town of Faribault, MN is built on the banks of the Straight and Cannon Rivers, and as well as helping to make the town a visually desirable destination, the rivers also played a vital role in the city’s development. The city is proud of its history, and this can be seen in the Downtown area, which has many buildings on the National Historic Register.
By exploring all the recreational activities in the city, not only will you be able to enjoy all the town has to offer, but also the surrounding area, which contains the Sakatah Lake State Park and Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park. There are also some interesting towns to visit such as Rochester, and Owatonna, with Minneapolis just a short drive north.
The Great Outdoors
As mentioned, just a short drive out of town is the Nertrand-Big Woods State Park, which is a playground for those that love the great outdoors. It is made up of the largest remnant of Big Woods vegetation in Minnesota, with rolling hills and valleys and many waterfalls waiting it be found. With over 100 species of wildflower, it can be stunning during the warmer months, and in the winter the area transforms with the hiking trails turning to snowshoeing trails and a range of groomed snowmobiling trails. With so much to offer, it is a popular destination for those that arrive in a travel trailer rental from Faribault.
On the very outskirts of town is a nature lovers' paradise, the River Bend Nature Center, which covers an area of nearly 750 acres. Overall there are 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and five miles of snowshoeing trails to enjoy, a bird habitat, and a year-round interpretive center where you can learn about all the animals that you have seen during your time in the wild. The many rivers and ponds that scatter the area help to make it even more picturesque, and there are varied public events and programs offered through the year which aim to educate visitors about the world that surrounds them.
When it comes to trails in the area, there will be one right on your doorstep should you decide to book an RV rental in Faribault. The Sakatah Singing Hills Trail runs from Faribault to Mankato and is completely paved, making it perfect for bike riding and taking in the varied sights of the town and countryside. It passes along woods, wetlands and many lakes, including the Sakatah Lake. Once a former railroad bed, it is a good option for both long or short journeys, as there are many locations to access the trails and walk just parts of it. The dense tree canopy of Satakah Lake part of the trail is particularly popular thanks to the picturesque surroundings and the shade the trees provide.
Roberds Lake Resort and Campground is a good place to base yourself to explore the Faribault area. There are electricity and water only sites, as well as those that have sewer if needed. The camp is located on the banks of the beautiful Roberds Lake, which offers beautiful sunset views. There are many things that make this a good camp ground to choose for your camper rental from Faribault NM, as one of the most popular elements is the freshly made donuts that fill the air with their sweet scent in the morning. Boat rental is available, as well as private BBQ areas and fire pits.
For an RV park directly in town, Camp Faribo is a good option, located just on the outskirts of town. The park offers an equal balance of both fun and recreation, with a large outdoor pool and recreation hall, and also peaceful picnic spots where you can spend time with the family. Overall the park has 71 campsites, most of which are full hookups with electric, water and sewage facilities. Throughout there season there are a range of themed weekends and events to enjoy, so it is worth checking out the calendar to see what’s on before cruising on up.
As you head out of town along the Sakatah Trail, in your Faribault motorhome rental, just before you reach the lake is Camp Maiden Rock campground. The camp is visually beautiful, set in 40 acres of tree-lined meadows, it is easy to see why people return here year after year. The oversized sites help ensure that you will have a relaxing camping experience, and its location along the banks of Cannon River help to make the sites that little bit more desirable. Although the park has many amenities, one of its newest is the disc golf course, which can be great fun for all the family. There is also large heated swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, mini-golf, canoeing, and fishing available.
Exploring the City
One of the more unusual attractions in Faribault is its cave system, which is the site of where America's first blue cheese was created. Every piece of cheese created here was aged in these sandstone caves carved by river bluffs. Seeing as Faribault's line of latitude almost matches that of Roquefort in France, the atmosphere within the cave is perfect for curing the cheese to perfection. Today, it is the only US cheese maker that still cures its cheese only in caves, and visitors are free to come and have a virtual tour of the cave and visit the shop.
No visit to town would be complete without a visit to the historic Alexander Faribault House. Built in 1853, the building is an attraction in itself, as it is was the first wood frame house built in Rice County Minnesota, built in the Greek Revival style. Today, the building houses items owned by the Faribault family, as well as other early settlers in the Rice County. For another insight into history visit the Rice County Historical Museum, which contains displays of local history, a research center, and a small gift shop.
When it comes to shopping, the town is particularly well supplied, so you’ll be able to park your RV rental in Faribault and window shop with no problem. The majority of shops are centered in the Faribo West Mall, which is also home to a food court, so you can easily grab a bite to eat after your shopping trip. If you can't find what you need at the mall, or just fancy a bit of window shopping in some more local and boutique shops, then head downtown, where more shopping opportunities await. This is where you will most likely to be able to pick up a souvenir or gift for a friend.
Should it be the amazing Minnesota weather you are seeking, consider a travel trailer rental in Faribault. Enjoy a hike along one of the many trails, enjoy the local cuisine, go window shopping, and take in the superb scenery. Rent an RV in Faribault, MN and explore all the State of Hockey has to offer!