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ZUMBROTA — If a one-stop shop for family fun is on the to-do list, drive no farther than Zumbrota’s Covered Bridge Park.

Stretching 80 acres, the unique park hosts playground equipment, trails, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, covered picnic areas and a campground.

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And with its historic covered bridge dating back to 1869 — the only original and functional covered bridge in the state — it is a sightseeing destination that does not cost a dime.

Spanning across the Zumbrota River, the bridge is listed on the National Historic Register as a picturesque nod to pioneer days.

Along with its own trail system, Covered Bridge Park also is the trailhead for the Goodhue Pioneer Trail, which connects to Goodhue and Red Wing.

The park is part of Explore Minnesota’s website and is also highlighted on the Zumbrota website with its online Covered Bridge Park visitors’ guide.

Here is a little bit more information about each aspect of this one-of-a-kind park.

Outdoor fun for everyone The Covered Bridge Park’s Kids’ Kingdom playground is a large wooden play structure true to its name.

Built in the fall of 1997, the 10,000-square-foot playground was designed by local schoolchildren and built by more than 1,000 community volunteers.

Children will enjoy playing on the large kingdom-shaped playground and parents are sure to enjoy the ensuing peace and quiet from their tired little ones.

The five-mile trail system is also a good exercise option for the whole family and the perfect opportunity for summertime photos.

Open picnic areas are free of charge in the park and are great spots for a reservation-free lunch break.

For older ones who might have graduated from the playground scene, horse shoes, volleyball, softball, Frisbee golf and even swimming are all options on site.

Splash on in The city’s swimming pool is located on the north side of the park. For more information, call 507-732-5439.

Come for the day, stay the night Camping in the park is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Covered Bridge Park.

The cost is $20 per night.

Both “primitive” sites and those with water and electrical hook-ups are available, according to the city of Zumbrota’s website.

Bathrooms, showers, shelters and picnic areas are also available at the campground.

For more information, call 507-732-7318 or email cthompson@ci.zumbrota.mn.us.

Park hopping Zumbrota’s East Covered Bridge Park, located just on the other side of Highway 58, has a softball complex, basketball court and skateboard park.

Plan for next summer The Zumbrota Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival is held the third weekend in June and offers plenty of food, booths, competitive tournaments and entertainment options for all-ages.

Free to enjoy … Covered Bridge Park What: Plenty of outdoor fun all in one park

Where: On the west side of Highway 58 in Zumbrota

Splurge: Reserve a closed picnic shelter for $75 per day, stay overnight at the campground for $20 per night.

More info: Contact the city of Zumbrota at 507-732-7884.

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