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

The city of Browns Valley is located along the Laurentian Continental Divide, a small rise in the land which influences whether water flows north to the Hudson or south to the Gulf of Mexico.

100 N Riverfront Dr | Mankato, MN, 56220

310 Rock Street | Mankato, MN, 56002

W Broadway Ave. | Browns Valley, MN, 56219

A historic cabin where you can learn about Browns Valley’s history.

W Broadway Ave. | Browns Valley, MN, 56219

An original pioneer trail blazed in 1864 stretching from St. Cloud to Ft. Sisseton, South Dakota.

Browns Valley Man Discovery Site Interpretation

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

Uncovered in 1933, experts named the bone fragments “Browns Valley Man” and estimated it to be 9,000 years old.

35889 E Meadowbrook | Ortonville, MN, 56278

Nestled on the shores of Big Stone Lake, or Bde Iŋyaŋ Takiŋyaŋyaŋ, this state park offers visitors a quiet camping experience complete with fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching.

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

Drive or bike the auto tour where you can enjoy the granite outcrops, wetlands and woodlands, prairie.

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

Built on the site of Paul Bunyan’s anchor, this museum features many treasures of the past and interpretations about life as a pioneer.

Ortonville Historic Buildings Biking Eating Historic Town Shopping

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

A group of more than 15 historic properties along the shore of Big Stone Lake.

228 Main St. | Milan, MN, 56262

Sawdust art, handcrafts, vintage photos and pioneer items from the culturally rich Milan area, with historian and curator Billy Thompson who has stories to tell that will keep you laughing all day!

12040 50th St NW | Milan, MN, 56262

Plover Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Interpretation Natural History

Odessa, MN, 56276

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, MN, 56265

Montevideo Historic Buildings Eating Historic Town Shopping

Montevideo, MN, 56265

Milwaukee Heritage Depot Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

301 State Road | Montevideo, MN, 56265

151 Pioneer Drive | Montevideo, MN, 56265

Minnesota River Valley Trail - Montevideo to Wegdahl Biking Discovery Site Hiking/Skiing Natural History

Montevideo, Minnesota, 56265

Olof Swensson Farm Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

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

Granite Falls Downtown District and River Eating Fishing/Hunting Historic Town Museum Natural History Paddling Shopping

Granite Falls, MN, 56241

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

Granite Falls, MN, 56208

Fagen Fighters World War II Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

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

Wood Lake Monument and Battlefield Discovery Site Interpretation U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

2136 600th Street | Echo, MN, 56237

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

Joseph R. Brown State Wayside Rest Discovery Site Interpretation U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

76734 145th Street | Sacred Heart, MN

Sacred Heart Area Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum

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

75114 Cty Rd 12 | 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

79257 County Road 10 | Sacred Heart, MN, 56285

73715 County Road 6 | 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

31599 County Road 2 | Morton, MN, 56270

63339 County Road 5 | Franklin, MN, 55333

60757 County Road 5 | Fairfax, MN, 55332

Redwood Falls Historic Buildings Eating Golfing Hiking/Skiing Historic Town Paddling 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

Minnesota Inventor Hall of Fame Discovery Site Museum

901 Cook Street | Redwood Falls, MN, 56283

35003 650th Ave | Morton, MN, 56270

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 a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.

37263 Reservation Hwy 101 | Morton, MN, 56270

At Gothic Revival church established by St. John’s Episcopal Mission and located on the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation.

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

72158 County Road 30 | Fairfax, MN, 55332

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

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

4th N and Minnesota Street | New Ulm, MN, 56087

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

3 civic center Plaza | Mankato, MN, 56001

R.D. Hubbard House Museum Discovery Site Interpretation Museum Shopping

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

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

3 civic center Plaza | Mankato, MN, 56001

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

224 Lamm Street | Mankato,, MN, 56001

This is Southern Minnesota’s most immersive and hands-on museum for kids.

Carnegie Art Center, Mankato Discovery Site Interpretation Museum Shopping

120 S. Broad St. | 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

Township Road 140 | Kasota, MN, 56050

555 Stoltzman Rd | Mankato, MN, 56001

Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus Arboretum Biking Birding/Wildlife Discovery Site Hiking/Skiing Interpretation 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 Buildings Biking Eating Hiking/Skiing Historic Town Shopping

Belle Plaine, MN, 56011

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