Things To Do

Located along the meandering Minnesota River, the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway is a destination in itself. Close your eyes and imagine becoming an explorer for a day. Relax in the tranquility of Big Bluestem prairie grasses. Watch for Dakota skipper butterflies among purple coneflowers. Scan the expansive blue sky for bald eagles or wait quietly at the river’s edge to catch a glimpse of a deer at sunset.

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W Broadway Ave. | Browns Valley, MN, 56219

Browns Valley is located along the Laurentian Continental Divide. From this point the Red River drains north to Hudson Bay and the Minnesota River drains south to the Gulf of Mexico from the divide.

Samuel J. Brown Memorial Park Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

W Broadway Ave. | Browns Valley, MN, 56219

W Broadway Ave. | Browns Valley, MN, 56219

Browns Valley Man Discovery Site Interpretation

TH 28/7 E | Browns Valley, MN, 56219

44843 687th Avenue, County Highway 19 | Odessa, MN, 56276

985 U.S. 12 | Ortonville, MN, 56278

Ortonville Historic Buildings Eating Historic Town Shopping

Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 75 | Ortonville, MN, 56278

228 Main St. | Milan, MN, 56262

12040 50th St NW | Milan, MN, 56262

Lac Qui Parle County History Center Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

250 8th Ave S | Madison, MN, 56256

Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Fishing/Hunting Natural History

14047 20th St. NW | Watson, MN

Montevideo Historic Buildings Eating Historic Town Shopping

Montevideo, MN, 56265

Milwaukee Heritage Depot Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

South 1st St. at Park Ave. | Montevideo, MN, 56265

151 Pioneer Drive | Montevideo, MN, 56265

Minnesota River Valley Trail - Montevideo to Wegdahl Biking Discovery Site Hiking/Skiing Natural History
Olof Swensson Farm Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

115 Co. Rd. 15 SE | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Granite Falls Downtown District and River Eating Historic Town Shopping

Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Granite Falls Footbridge Disc Golf Discovery Site Hiking/Skiing

813 Prentice St | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Yellow Medicine County Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum Natural History

98 Minnesota 67 | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Andrew J. Volstead House Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

163 9th Ave. | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Minnesota Machinery Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

1st Ave. W | Hanley Falls, MN, 56245

Gneiss Outcrop Scientific and Natural Area Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Natural History

170th St SE1 | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Natural History
Fagen Fighters World War II Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

2450 540th St. | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Upper Sioux Community and Prairie's Edge Casino and Hotel Camping Destination Eating

5722 Travers Ln | Granite Falls, MN, 56241

Belview Depot and Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

County Road 7 | Belview, MN, 56214

Sacred Heart Area Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

300 5th Ave. | Sacred Heart, MN, 56285

Enestvedt Seed Corn Company Discovery Site Interpretation

75802 County Road 12 | Sacred Heart, MN, 56285

Jct of Renville Cty Hwy 2 and Hwy 18 | Morton, MN, 56270

Renville, MN, 56284

In Vicksburg County Park, you'll find an interpretive panel that describes the beginning of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. You can imagine the conversations that took place on the other side of the Minnesota River - very important decisions.

68638 County Road 18 | Morton, MN, 56270

Morton, MN, 56270

Experience the natural beauty of Renville County by visiting our more than 1,300 acres of county parks, featuring primitive stands of trees, wildflowers, native prairies, and wildlife. See unique bedrock outcroppings that were formed 3.6 billion years ago along the banks of the Minnesota River.

A beautiful county park, this is also the location of the Beaver Creek Settlement and Meyer Home which were areas destroyed during the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. You'll find more information at the Renville County Museum in Morton, MN.

Redwood Falls Historic Buildings Historic Town Shopping

200 South Mill Street | Redwood, MN, 56283

Redwood County Historical Society (Poor Farm Museum) Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

913 W Bridge St. | Redwood Falls, MN, 56283

333 S Washington | Redwood Falls, MN, 56283

Renville County Historical Museum Destination Interpretation Museum U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

441 N Park Dr | Morton, MN, 56270

Lower Sioux Community and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel Camping Destination Eating Interpretation

39527 Res Hwy 1 | Morton, MN, 56270

The Lower Sioux Indian Community is the longest established Dakota communities in the State of Minnesota, adjacent to the River Valley.

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is an enterprise of the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2 | Morton, MN, 56270

72158 County Road 30 | Fairfax, MN, 55332

100 Oak St. NW | Sleepy Eye, MN, 56085

66250 County Road 21 | New Ulm, MN, 56073

Evacuation of New Ulm to Mankato Route Marker Discovery Site Interpretation U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

47572 State Highway 68 | New Ulm, MN, 56073

Center & Monument Streets | New Ulm, MN, 56073

Wanda Gág House Interpretive Center and Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

226 N. Washington Street | New Ulm, MN, 56073

The John Lind House Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

622 Center St. | New Ulm, MN, 56073

August Schell Brewery Museum, New Ulm Brewery Discovery Site Geocaching Interpretation Museum Shopping

18th St. S & Schell St. | New Ulm, MN, 56073

2 N Broadway St | New Ulm, MN, 56073

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

27 N. Broadway | New Ulm, MN, 56073

Regional River History Center & Info Center Discovery Site Interpretation Museum Natural History Playground

Riverside Park, 101 S. Front St. | New Ulm, MN, 56073

Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Natural History

54497 Gadwall Rd | Mankato, MN, 56001

40923 Judson Bottom Road | Mankato, MN, 56003

Mankato Historic Districts Eating Historic Town Interpretation Shopping

Mankato, MN, 56001

R.D. Hubbard House Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

606 South Broad Street | Mankato, MN, 56001

Betsy-Tacy House Museums Destination Interpretation Museum Shopping

332 Center Street | Mankato, MN, 56001

Blue Earth County History Center and Museum Destination Interpretation Museum Shopping U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

424 Warren Street | Mankato, MN, 56001

Reconciliation Park, Winter Warrior and Memorial Marker Biking Destination Interpretation U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

209 N Riverfront Dr | Mankato, MN, 56001

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Biking Discovery Site Eating Shopping

209 S. 2nd St. | Mankato, MN, 56001

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota Destination Eating Interpretation Museum Natural History

224 Lamm Street | Mankato,, MN, 56001

The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community. Newly opened at its fantastic, and permanent location in Mankato, Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages.

Carnegie Art Center, Mankato Discovery Site Interpretation Museum Shopping

120 S. Broad St. | Mankato, MN, 56001

Minnesota 66 | Mankato, MN, 56001

Akota Wokiksuye Makoce (Land of Memories) Park, Mahkato Wacipi (Pow Wow) Biking Camping Disc Golf Discovery Site Fishing/Hunting Hiking/Skiing Natural History Paddling U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

100 Amos Owen Ln | Mankato, MN, 56001

Kasota Prairie Scientific & Natural Area and Kasota Prairie Conservation Area Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Hiking/Skiing Natural History

Township Road 140 | Kasota, MN, 56050

555 Stoltzman Rd | Mankato, MN, 56001

St. Peter Historic District Eating Historic Town

101 S. Front St. | St. Peter, MN, 56082

Gustavus Adolphus Arboretum and Sculpture Garden Discovery Site Natural History

800 W College Ave. | St. Peter, MN, 56082

E. St. Julien Cox House Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

500 N Washington Ave. | St. Peter, MN, 56082

Treaty Site History Center and Nicollet County Museum, Traverse des Sioux Historic Site Destination Interpretation Museum U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

1851 N. Minnesota Ave. | St. Peter, MN, 56082

St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

100 Freeman Drive | St. Peter, MN, 56082

Ottawa Village Historic District Historic Town Interpretation Shopping

Ottawa Village Historic District, MN, 56058

118 N. Main St. | LeSueur, MN, 56058

Henderson Historic District Eating Historic Town Shopping

Main St. between 5th and 6th St. | Henderson, MN, 56044

28238 Nature Center Ln | Henderson, MN, 56044

Sibley County Historical Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

700 Main Street | Henderson, MN, 556044

Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society and Minnesota River Center Destination Interpretation Museum Natural History U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

600 Main Street | Henderson, MN, 56044

Belle Plaine Historic Main Street Biking Eating Hiking/Skiing Historic Town Shopping

Belle Plaine, MN, 56011

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