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Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, travel writer from Manitoba and friend of Greater Grand Forks.
What could be better than summer sunshine and an outdoor swimming pool? Two outdoor swimming pools, that’s what! We often visit the massive outdoor pool at Sherlock Park in East Grand Forks (500 Block and 4th Avenue NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota). Last fall, we stumbled upon a second outdoor pool. The Riverside Park and Pool (1801 North 1st Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota) is virtually identical to the one in Sherlock Park. A Saturday afternoon at either offers tan lines and endless summer fun.
Both pools are big! There seems to be room for everyone no matter how busy the day gets. Each also has a kiddie wading pool designed to keep the wee ones cool. There are some chairs and loungers around the pools but spreading your towel on the concrete works too. A small water slide at each pool offers a quick entry into the water. But the crowning glory of these pools are the springboards. Each has two perched over a deep section of the pool for fancy diving or amusing belly flops.
Adult admission is $3 at Sherlock and $3.50 at Riverside (fees for kids are a little less). There are change rooms, bathroom and showers on site to.
Nature lovers won’t be disappointed with a visit to Turtle River State Park. Head west on Highway 2 for about 20 miles to discover camping, picnicking, endless walking and biking trails and of course, the Turtle River. There are also rental cabins if you feel like spending the night. A $5 day pass gets you through the gate. Grab a picnic lunch in town (may I suggest Dakota Harvest Bakers) and head to the picturesque riverside spot on the grounds of the CCC Memorial Shelter. The river is stocked with rainbow trout and kids can borrow fishing tackle from the park office.
Fans of Arnold Palmer won’t be disappointed with King’s Walk Golf Course. The 7,230-yard, par 72 course is an Arnold Palmer Signature Champion Gold Course, designed to offer greater golf to duffers of all abilities. The course offers stay and play packages with several hotels, giving visitors a bit of break on rates. If you’re hungry after all those birdies, visit the Eagles Nest Grill for walleye, ribs or the famous prime rib (Friday and Saturday only).