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Windsurfing on Albert Lea Lake
I am not a windsurfer. But I thought I'd mention Albert Lea Lake. At over 2680 acres it is a large lake and rarely used due to its shallowness....about 5.5 feet average. It has become a pretty good fishing lake. A few years ago, I saw a couple windsurfers out there. If you give it a try, you will have practically no competition with motorized boats.
Bancroft Bay Park
Nice place to enjoy the lake, barbecue, relax. Located at very west end of Hammer Road. Go north from Freeborn County Fairgrounds to Hammer Road (stop lights), turn left (west) and keep going straight.
Pelican Breeze Cruise Boat.
Take a cruise on Albert Lea Lake on the Pelican Breeze. Room for 42 passengers. Excursions available at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations required by 4pm and Friday night Pizza Cruises by pm. On James Ave. 507-383-2630
Albert Lea Aquatic Center
Pool, waterpark. Also tennis courts nearby. On James Ave and Frank Ave.
Blazing Star Trail
Nice hiking trail next to Albert Lea Lake. Located E. Front and Garfield Ave.
No park sticker is needed for Albert Lea's Edgewater Park.
The park is on Fountain Lake for a beautiful afternoon of relaxation. Covered pavilions for your grilling and lots of room for running the dog, playing catch or frisbee. Edgewater Park is at 1602 Edgewater Drive (northwest part of town)
Sand beach, skateboard park. Located on Johnson Street
Audubon Science Center.
Lots of exhibits, stuffed animals, lots of live critters too! Located in the Skyline Mall at 1416 W. Main Street 507-373-3027
Story Lady Doll and Toy Museum
Growing collection of dolls, including children's literature characters, antiques, Barbies, plastics from the 1940s and 50s. Gift shop and services available. 131 N. Broadway in Albert Lea 507-377-1820
Albert Lea Art Center
Exhibits by both professional and amateur artists. 2 galleries and gift shop. 224 S. Broadway in Albert Lea 507-373-5665
Myre Big-Island State Park. If you have a Minnesota Park sticker, you should check it out.
Hiking trails, an esker, camping facilities, spots for grilling your burgers & dogs & more.