Sibley State Park, one of many places named for the first governor of Minnesota Henry Sibley, is only two hours west of the Twin Cities and offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Go for a swim at the beach on Lake Andrew or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle through three lakes with short portages between. Hike to amazing views on top of glacially formed hills. Camp in one of two developed campgrounds, the primitive group camp, or the equestrian campground.
The topography of the area means that almost all hikes in the park require some short uphill climbs. The hallmark hike is Mount Tom, the tallest point for over 50 miles, offering tremendous views from the observation tower at the top. On the west end of the park, you can find a change of scenery with loops hiking through rolling meadows. For an easy, flat hike, do the Pondview Trail.