Midwest Living Review
This popular 3,015-acre park has a lake, sandy beach, rolling hills, paved paths and shady woods for laid-back camping. Visit during the peak of summer to enjoy patches of prairie that blossom purple and gold. Summer's also when you'll hear the most laughter echoing through Sibley's lakeside campground, with historical stone buildings and electric hookups for RVs and trailers. It's a short walk or bike ride to Lake Andrew Beach, an activity hub with two docks, I Can Fish! clinics every Thursday, and free rental poles and tackle (no fishing license is needed). The park rents canoes and kayaks ($10 to $20) by half day and full day.
A maintained interpretive center educates through newly expanded interactive exhibits detailing oak savanna and wetland habitats. Look for daily naturalist talks, programs and guided hikes, or ask for kids' workbooks to earn scouting badges. Anyone can check out the discovery kits with nature guides, journals, binoculars, bug boxes with magnifiers and other tools for identifying park critters.
Guests love Lakeview Campground because of its proximity to the water, but the Oak Ridge Campground offers spacious, secluded spots in the rolling woodland. At 1,375 feet above sea level, the Mount Tom observation tower lets visitors enjoy 360-degree vistas spanning up to 50 miles.