Places to Go and Things to Do in Minnesota

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Duluth

Lake Superior the beach and the Lakewalk. Birding,Hiking,bike riding Outdoor Magazine describes Duluth as one of the Top TEN Dream Towns in America Antique Malls North Shore Scenic Railroad 

Top 5 Attractions

Stroll along the Lakewalk and soak in the beauty of Lake Superior. Tour the Glensheen Mansion. Tour the harbor, then sail under the Aerial Lift Bridge and out onto Lake Superior on a sightseeing cruise. Explore antique malls, art galleries, and the unique shops along Canal Park and at DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace and the Fitger’s Brewery Complex. Drive along the North Shore. Visit Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Light House. 

Lanesboro

Located in the driftless area of southeastern Minnesota, Lanesboro is nestled between beautiful bluffs along the scenic Root River. The area was settled by Norwegian and Irish immigrants nearly 160 years ago. Investors from the east coast built the historic Lanesboro Dam more than 150 years ago, who envisioned the area as a place of respite for tourists. That vision became reality due to the conversion of an abandoned rail line into a paved bicycle trail. A step back in time, the town of just under 750 people is reminiscent of a time long ago, where all the businesses are locally owned and operated. The quietness of the community gives visitors a sense of calmness and relief from the business of their regular lives. The town includes an historic downtown and a collection of beautiful Victorian homes and churches. The natural beauty of the landscape has beckoned several artists to the region. The town is known for its welcoming community and thriving art focused activities. Once in town, it’s an easy walk to the theatre, the art galleries and unique shops, the local history museum, farmers market, and restaurants or local drinking establishments. Lanesboro enjoys a diverse economy based on agriculture, manufacturing, retail businesses, and the arts. Today, people bike or cross-country ski along the Root River State Trail. They kayak, canoe, tube or fly fish along the river. Birding also is a popular activity, with many interesting birds, including bald eagles. The Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, located just outside of Lanesboro, provides outdoor learning opportunities for school children, with hiking trails and other programs for the public. A drive through the agricultural area outside of Lanesboro provides visitors the opportunity to see the beautiful rolling landscape of Fillmore County, dotted with many farms and rural businesses. Home to many small diversified farms, the area boasts production of organic products, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, dairy, pork and beef in addition to other crops and produce. 

Top 5 Attractions

The Commonweal Theatre established more than 30 years ago, provides five different productions of professional theatre each season, from April through December. The beautiful Root River is prime for fly fishing and other river sports including kayaking, tubing and canoeing. The Old-Order Amish settled in the Lanesboro-Canton-Harmony area in the 1970s and open their shops with unique hand-made items to visitors year-round except Sundays and holidays, with guided tours available. The 60-mile long Root River Trail provides biking enthusiasts a beautiful paved trail along the river and through the bluffs in the warmer months, and groomed cross-country ski trails (weather permitting) in the winter. During the summer and fall, visitors to the region can tour two beautiful caves just miles from Lanesboro: Mystery Cave located at Forestville State Park near Preston and Niagara Cave, located near Harmony. 

Stillwater

Visitors come to Stillwater to enjoy the historic down town with it’s many trendy shops and award winning restaurants. They also come to experience the beauty of the St. Croix River Valley, which has been designated as a National Scenic Waterway. The river provides many opportunities for boating and fishing. Visitors can rent paddleboards, kayaks, pontoons and motor boats of all types to explore the river and it’s many islands on their own. Another option is to take a river cruise on one of our three riverboats or rent a luxury yacht with Captain for a truly VIP experience. For a spectacular view of the entire river valley, there is also the option of a hot air balloon ride offered by one of three local companies. On the shores and accompanying ravines along the St. Croix River, there are many hiking and biking trails to experience. The most recent trail to open is a loop trail that follows the river on the Minnesota side, crosses over on the newly completed St. Croix Crossing Bridge with spectacular views of Stillwater, continuing through the country side on the Wisconsin side and returning to downtown Stillwater across the recently restored, historic lift bridge. Along the way their are historic buildings, archeological sites and viewing platforms as well as many information plaques pointing out the local geology, flora, fauna, bridge engineering and history. Also in the immediate vicinity, visitors will find many wineries, an apple orchard, several cheese factories and two distilleries. Stillwater also offers a trolley tour of our historic neighborhoods which is a great way to learn about our history while viewing beautifully restored architecture in our residential neighborhoods. 

Top 5 Attractions

Historic Stillwater Stairs – Climb the five sets of stairs built as early as 1871 for the great exercise and views from the top. St. Croix Scenic Byway – Drive on Highway 95 to visit historic towns and heritage sites along the scenic St. Croix River. Historic Lift Bridge – This lift bridge spans the St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater and is now fully restored. Warden’s House Museum – The 1853 home of Minnesota’s first Territorial Prison Warden which is furnished with period pieces and historic artifacts. Historic Courthouse and Jail – Located on a hill overlooking the St. Croix Valley, this is Minnesota’s oldest standing courthouse. 

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