Sites Along the Byway

This list of sites along the entire Byway are listed in order from west to east along the Minnesota River Valley.

For your convenience, we have separated the Byway into segments. Click on any of the icons below to view the list of sites in that particular segment of the Byway.

Browns Valley to Ortonville Ortonville to Montevideo Montevideo to Granite Falls Granite Falls to Redwood Falls Redwood Falls to New Ulm New Ulm to Mankato Mankato to Belle Plaine


Riverfront Park

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This park along the Minnesota River offers beautiful views.

310 Rock Street
Mankato, MN 56002
507-387-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling

Sibley Park

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This park along the Minnesota River is rich in history, and offers a storybook farm zoo and playground, and many natural areas.

900 Mound Avenue
Mankato, MN 56265
507-397-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Reconciliation Park

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On the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history, the park was dedicated on September 19, 1997, as a collaboration of the Bdewakaŋtuŋwaŋ Dakota and Mankato communities in a spirit of reconciliation.

100 N Riverfront Dr
Mankato, MN 56220
507-387-8600
Biking, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Continental Divide

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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.

W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Samuel J. Brown Memorial Park

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

W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
320-695-2608
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Wadsworth Trail Marker

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

W Broadway Ave.
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Browns Valley Man

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

TH 28/7 E
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Discovery Site, Interpretation

Big Stone Lake State Park

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Big Stone Lake Park brown sign

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.

35889 E Meadowbrook
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3663
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

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Big Stone Wildlife Refuge-cactus1

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

44843 687th Avenue, County Highway 19
Odessa, MN 56276
320-273-2191
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Interpretation, Natural History

Big Stone County Museum

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Big Stone County Museum-birds

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

985 U.S. 12
Ortonville, MN 56278
(320) 839-3359
Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Ortonville Historic Buildings

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Ortonville Historic Red Building

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

Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 75
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3359
Biking, Eating, Historic Town, Shopping

Lac qui Parle State Park and Lac qui Parle Mission

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Lac qui Parle State Park-boy on snow trail

This state park on Lac qui Parle Lake (in Dakota, Bde Iedaŋ ,or “little talking lake.”) has abundant wildlife and waterfowl, and includes the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle Mission.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Arv Hus Museum

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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!

228 Main St.
Milan, MN 56262
320-734-4829
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Norwegian Stabbur

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A decorative and antique Norwegian Pantry.

12040 50th St NW
Milan, MN 56262
320-734-4891
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Plover Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve

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A beautiful nature preserve with a wide variety of plant and animal species.

Odessa, MN 56276
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Lac Qui Parle County History Center

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Exhibits feature the pioneer lifestyle, agriculture, Civil War artifacts and more. Robert Bly Study.

250 8th Ave S
Madison, MN 56256
320-598-7678
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Marsh Lake

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A lake on the Minnesota River with abundant fish, waterfowl and wildlife.

Appleton, Minnesota 56208
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling

Chippewa Prairie Preserve

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Natural A small prairie remnant of the once vast northern tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

Appleton, Minnesota
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Natural History

Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area

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With more than 33,000 acres of land and water, this WMA is made up of wetlands, brushlands, woodlands, and native prairie and provides great habitat for birds and wildlife.

14047 20th St. NW
Watson, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History

Camp Release Memorial Monument

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Montevideo-Historical-Buildings-Camp-Release

An important location in the US - Dakota War of 1862, this site is where the Dakota re-released 269 white captives and about 1,200 Dakota people surrendered to the victorious U.S. armies at the end of the war.

Montevideo, MN 56265
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Montevideo Historic Buildings

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Montevideo Historical-Chippewa Bank

Join us in Montevideo as we celebrate what makes America so great, keeping the history of our individuals while coming together as one people. Sites of interest in the area include: Chippewa Historic Village Camp Release Monument Minnesota River Rapids Milwaukee Road Heritage Center Hollywood Theater on Main Historic Swenson Farm in Montevideo

Montevideo, MN 56265
1-800-269-5527
Eating, Historic Town, Shopping

Milwaukee Heritage Depot

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This is a museum reviving the history of the Milwaukee Road Railroad.

301 State Road
Montevideo, MN 56265
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Historic Chippewa City

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Montevideo Historical-Chippewa Bank

A unique, 24-building, turn-of-the century village has been recreated here.

151 Pioneer Drive
Montevideo, MN 56265
320-269-7636
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Minnesota River Valley Trail - Montevideo to Wegdahl

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This paved trail system begins with a well-developed system within the city of Montevideo and extends to the village of Wegdahl.

Montevideo, Minnesota 56265
1-800-269-5527
Biking, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History

Olof Swensson Farm Museum

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Olof Swensson Farm Museum-horses

A 22-room house, timber-framed barn, family burial cemetery and remains of a grist mill.

115 Co. Rd. 15 SE
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-269-7636
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Granite Falls Downtown District and River

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Granite Falls Downtown-clock

Shop, fish, picnic, or kayak in downtown Granite Falls along the Minnesota River.

Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-3743
Eating, Fishing/Hunting, Historic Town, Museum, Natural History, Paddling, Shopping

Granite Falls Footbridge

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Granite Falls-people on footbridge

A footbridge in downtown Granite Falls that crosses the Minnesota River and was designed by the famous Roebling & Sons Company.

813 Prentice St
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320.564.4039
Disc Golf, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Paddling

Yellow Medicine County Museum

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Granite Falls Downtown-oldest rock

A museum that focuses on geology, archaeology and Native American artifacts

98 Minnesota 67
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-4479
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Andrew J. Volstead House Museum

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Granite Falls-Volstead House

This National Historic Landmark is a restored home that tells the story of Andrew Volstead and his family.

163 9th Ave.
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-3011
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Minnesota Machinery Museum

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Recapturing a century of stories about farm life, this museum features a six-acre plot filled with farm implements, tools, tractors, rural art and more.

1st Ave. W
Hanley Falls, MN 56245
507-768-3522
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Gneiss Outcrop Scientific and Natural Area

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These outcrops, formed approximately 3.8 billion years ago, are among the oldest known exposed rock on the earth's surface.

170th St SE1
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area

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A granite outcrop community within the Minnesota River Valley that supports one of the largest known populations of the rare five-lined skink.

Granite Falls, MN 56208
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Fagen Fighters World War II Museum

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This museum is home to the pristine collection of WWII trainer, fighter and bomber aircraft restored, owned and flown by Fagen Fighters.

2450 540th St.
Granite Falls, MN 56241
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Wood Lake Monument and Battlefield

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A tall granite monument erected by the State of Minnesota in 1919 near the Wood Lake Battlefield.

2136 600th Street
Echo, MN 56237
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

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Upper Sioux Agency State Park-tipi door open

This park was named for the Upper Sioux Agency historic site within its boundaries.

5908 Minnesota 67
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320-564-4777
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Upper Sioux Community and Prairie's Edge Casino and Hotel

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The Upper Sioux Community (or Pejuhutazizi Kapi) is a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort.

5722 Travers Ln
Granite Falls, MN 56241
320.564.2121
Camping, Destination, Eating

Belview Depot and Museum

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A museum that focuses on the history of the Belview Depot.

County Road 7
Belview, MN 56214
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Joseph R. Brown State Wayside Rest

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Joe Brown-sign

This wayside rest displays granite ruins of Joseph R. Brown’s home which was destroyed during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

76734 145th Street
Sacred Heart, MN
320-564-4777
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Sacred Heart Area Museum

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A museum with photographs and other memorabilia from the early pioneer days of Sacred Heart and the surrounding area.

300 5th Ave.
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Rudi Memorial

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Rudi Memorial

Rudi Memorial is a small log cabin kept as a tribute to Lars Rudi and all pioneer families who settled in Renville County.

75114 Cty Rd 12
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Enestvedt Seed Corn Company

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Enestvedt’s- carving of family

Still operating today, this open pollinated seed corn company was established in 1900 by Engebert Enestvedt with the University of Minnesota.

75802 County Road 12
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
320.765.2728
Discovery Site, Interpretation

Schwandt Memorial

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Schwandt Memorial

This was erected in 1915 in memory of Johan and Christian Schwandt who were killed in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Birch Coulee Battlefield State Historic Site

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Birch Coulee Battlefield-battlefield sign

The Dakota’s most successful engagement during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 was fought at Birch Coulee.

Jct of Renville Cty Hwy 2 and Hwy 18
Morton, MN 56270
651-259-3473
Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Parks: Skalbekken

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Skalbekken County Park

Experience the scenic water views with rushing waters of Limbo Creek, Hawk Creek and the Minnesota River at Skalkbekken County Park.

79257 County Road 10
Sacred Heart, MN 56285
320.523.3768
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Renville County Parks: Vicksburg

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Part of the Renville County Park system featuring history, camping, picnicking, canoeing, and a sandbar.

73715 County Road 6
Renville, MN 56284
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Interpretation, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Parks: Birch Coulee

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Part of the Renville County Park system featuring Bedrock outcroppings formed 3.6 billion years ago along the banks of the Minnesota River.

68638 County Road 18
Morton, MN 56270
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Renville County Parks: Beaver Falls

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Part of the Renville County Park system that features impressive overlooks, the wooded and cascading waters of Beaver Creek, and a horse camp.

31599 County Road 2
Morton, MN 56270
320.523.3768
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Parks: Anderson Lake

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Part of the Renville County Park system where you can enjoy shoreline fishing along the lake and Minnesota River.

63339 County Road 5
Franklin, MN 55333
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Renville County Parks: Mack Lake

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Part of the Renville County Park system which is a natural park along the Minnesota River where you can camp, fish or gather with friends.

60757 County Road 5
Fairfax, MN 55332
1-320-523-3793
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling

Redwood Falls Historic Buildings

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redwood falls carnegie library

Some of the Redwood Falls historic buildings are: the courthouse, saw mill, and many downtown buildings.

200 South Mill Street
Redwood, MN 56283
507-637-2828
Eating, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Paddling, Shopping

Redwood County Historical Society (Poor Farm Museum)

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The Old Redwood County Poor Farm houses is a museum with a variety of exhibits.

913 W Bridge St.
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507-637-3329
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Ramsey Park, Caŋ ŝa yapi

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Redwood Falls Historic-Ramsey falls

A city park with the picturesque Ramsey Falls and the Swayback Bridge. The park is also known by its Dakota name Caŋ ŝa yapi where they paint the trees red.

333 S Washington
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507-637-5755
Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Minnesota Inventor Hall of Fame

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Learn about unique history at a place that honors Minnesota inventors.

901 Cook Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507-644-2333
Discovery Site, Museum

Morton Monuments

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Renville County Historical Museum-Coulee sign

Two obelisk markers are located up on the bluff near Morton to honor combatants of the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862.

35003 650th Ave
Morton, MN 56270
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Renville County Historical Museum

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Renville County Historical Museum-textured monument

A museum packed with many exhibits, research library and a 1869 log cabin.

441 N Park Dr
Morton, MN 56270
507-697-6147
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Lower Sioux Community and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

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The Lower Sioux Indian Community is a federally recognized Indian tribe and is host of the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.

39527 Res Hwy 1
Morton, MN 56270
Camping, Destination, Eating, Interpretation

St. Cornelias Church

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

37263 Reservation Hwy 101
Morton, MN 56270
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Lower Sioux Agency

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Lower Sioux Agency-building along trail

Find a dynamic Interpretive center and extensive trail system where you can explore the history and culture of the Dakota Oyate.

32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2
Morton, MN 56270
507-697-6321
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Fort Ridgely State Park, Cemetery, Monuments and Historic Site

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Fort Ridgely-cannon ball firing

This state park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, horse trails and access to the historic Fort Ridgely.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Museum, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Sleepy Eye Historic Buildings

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Sleepy Eye Historic-depot museum

A restored train depot houses a museum. Dakota Chief Sleepy Eye is buried on site under an impressive obelisk, with a full-size statue of him across the street.

100 Oak St. NW
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
507-794-5053
Eating, Geocaching, Historic Town, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Harkin Store

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Harkin Store-inside store

A 1870s general store where you can savor the sights and smells as you sample the wares or sit down for a game of checkers.

66250 County Road 21
New Ulm, MN 56073
507- 354-8666
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Evacuation of New Ulm to Mankato Route Marker

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This interpretive panel marks the route of the evacuation 2,000 New Ulm residents during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

47572 State Highway 68
New Ulm, MN 56073
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Flandrau State Park

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Flandrau State Park-people by pool

The gentle flowing Big Cottonwood River meanders through this state park park. The park features a sand-bottom swimming pond, picnic area, campgrounds and group center.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, Playground, Swimming

New Ulm Historic District

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New Ulm historic buildings downtown

New Ulm is a German city on the Minnesota River.

Eating, Geocaching, Historic Town, Interpretation, Playground, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Hermann Monument

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New Ulm-Hermann the Great stature

A 102’ tall monument and statue in New Ulm, MN to honor an ancient German hero.

Center & Monument Streets
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-233-4300
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Playground, Shelter Rental

Glockenspiel

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New-Ulm-Glock01-by-Kate-Grabosky

This is a unique 45-foot, free-standing clock tower with animated figures that depict the city’s history in New Ulm, MN

4th N and Minnesota Street
New Ulm, MN 56087
507-233-4300 or 888-463-9856
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation

Wanda Gág House Interpretive Center and Museum

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The childhood home turned museum of Wanda Hazel Gag, author of classic children’s books.

226 N. Washington Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-359-2632
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

The John Lind House

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Built by Minnesota’s 14th governor in 1899, the John Lind house has been restored in the style in which it was originally built and is open for tours.

Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

August Schell Brewery Museum, New Ulm

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Visit Minnesota’s oldest brewery, the August Schell Brewing Company.

18th St. S & Schell St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-5528
Brewery, Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Brown County Historical Museum

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Brown County Historical Museum-front

This notable building was built in 1910 in an eye-catching Northern German Renaissance-style, as the town’s Post Office; becoming the County Museum in 1984. Inside are three floors of rotating exhibits, featuring an award-winning exhibit of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It contains over 5,000 family history files to help researchers. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 to 4 pm, May 1 to Oct. 31, reduced hours in the off-season. $5 admittance.

Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

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Minnesota’s museum that honors musicians who have significantly contributed to the Minnesota Music scene.

27 N. Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-7305
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Regional River History Center & Info Center

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This learning center displays on the value of the river with a pirate ship playground

Riverside Park, 101 S. Front St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-8367
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Playground

Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Located in south central Minnesota, this is one of the largest wetland complexes in North America. Spanning across 10,000 acres, the relatively undisturbed marsh wonderland is a great location to experience the beauty and diversity of the once existing prairie wetlands

Kasota, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Minneopa State Park and Minneopa Falls

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Minneopa State Park-cascading waterfalls

A major waterfall in southwestern Minnesota tumbles through Minneopa State Park. An old stone mill and traces of Glacial River Warren can be found in the midst of the park’s native prairie that is filled with wildlife. The park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Geocaching, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Minnemishinona Falls

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Minnemishinona Falls -summer

This county park is a scenic overlook, 42’ waterfalls located on the Judson Bottom Road.

40923 Judson Bottom Road
Mankato, MN 56003
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Mankato Historic Districts

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Old Train comes to the Mankato Depot

Mankato is home to two historic districts and 204 total properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

3 civic center Plaza
Suite 100
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Eating, Historic Town, Interpretation, Shopping

R.D. Hubbard House Museum

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Hubbard House

Built in 1871, this historic house museum stands as one of the finest examples of French Second Empire Style architecture in Minnesota.

606 South Broad Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Betsy-Tacy House Museums

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Betsy Tacy House

Betsy's House is restored as a museum to look just as it did when author, Maud (Betsy), lived there from 1892-1906. Tacy's House is an interpretive center and gift shop.

332 Center Street
333 Center Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Blue Earth County History Center and Museum

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Blue Earth Heritage Center

Explore exhibits featuring people, places, and events that shaped Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

424 Warren Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Winter Warrior and Memorial Marker

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Reconciliation Park-sign

A bronze historic marker and limestone sculpture of a Dakota Warrior stands here in honor of the warriors.

209 N Riverfront Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
Biking, Destination, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

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Mankato City Art Tour-sculpture of dancers

Explore these outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota.

3 civic center Plaza
Suite 100
Mankato, MN 56001
800-657-4733
Biking, Discovery Site, Eating, Shopping

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

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

224 Lamm Street
Mankato,, MN 56001
507-386-0279.
Destination, Eating, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Carnegie Art Center, Mankato

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Carnegie Art Center-art displayed

This renaissance revival-style architecture Carnegie Library now houses a gallery of local artists' work.

120 S. Broad St.
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 625-2730
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Fort LeHillier Marker and Landing

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A marker that commemorates the fort built by French explorer Pierre Charles Le Sueur in 1700.

Minnesota 66
Mankato, MN 56001
State Highway 66 and County Highway 90
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Akota Wokiksuye Makoce (Land of Memories) Park, Mahkato Wacipi (Pow Wow)

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This park offers camping, hiking, river access, fishing, and an annual Wacipi (Pow Wow).

100 Amos Owen Ln
Mankato, MN 56001
507-387-8600
Biking, Camping, Disc Golf, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Kasota Prairie Scientific & Natural Area and Kasota Prairie Conservation Area

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Located on a rock terrace 70 feet above the Minnesota River Valley, the Kasota Prairie, meaning “cleared-off plac”, is named for its view. Tread lightly, as there are no walking paths here, but the walking is rated relatively easy and bird watching is good.

Township Road 140
Kasota, MN 56050
(651) 296-5484
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Eating, Geocaching, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Rasmussen Woods and Elk's Nature Center

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555 Stoltzman Rd
Mankato, MN 56001
507-387-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

St. Peter Historic District

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St. Peter Historic District- biking

Explore this historic district, which remains a dynamic walkable downtown full of unique shops, art center, and great eateries.

101 S. Front St.
St. Peter, MN 56082
1-800-473-3404
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Eating, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Paddling, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus Arboretum

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Visitors can enjoy 130 acres of prairie, woodlands, wetlands, gardens, Interpretive Center, and a variety of unique features.

800 W College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-933-8000
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

E. St. Julien Cox House

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St. Peter - Cox House

Home to one of the earliest settlers of St. Peter, Eugene Cox, the house was built in 1871, and is one of the few fully restored Italianate homes in Minnesota.

500 N Washington Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-934-2160
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Treaty Site History Center and Nicollet County Museum, Traverse des Sioux Historic Site

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Traverse des Sioux -history center building

On this site, the Dakota signed a treaty with the U.S. government, along with another treaty signed a few weeks later, that transferred to the government 24 million acres of Dakota land. The History Center features an exhibit on the 1851 Traverse des Sioux Treaty, displays on local history topics.

Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Museum

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The museum displays the history of Minnesota’s first and oldest state hospital.

100 Freeman Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-931-7270 507-931-7182
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Ottawa Bluffs Preserve

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This is a Nature Conservancy site with tallgrass prairie, wildflowers and oak savanna.

Le Sueur, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Ottawa Village Historic District

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Ottawa Village -town hall

Step back in time in this quaint village.

Ottawa Village Historic District, MN 56058
507-665-2501
Historic Town, Interpretation, Shopping

W.W. Mayo House

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Mayo house

A small, Gothic-style house that was once home to the founders of the Mayo Clinic and Green Giant Company.

118 N. Main St.
LeSueur, MN 56058
507-665-3250
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Henderson Historic District

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Henderson Historic District-main street

Main Street in Henderson is a nationally registered historic district comprised of 13 vintage buildings all made from local red brick.

Main St. between 5th and 6th St.
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3434
Eating, Historic Town, Shopping

Ney Nature Center

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Ney Nature Center

This is a Nature Center on acres of native prairie and woodlands along the bluffs of the Minnesota River.

28238 Nature Center Ln
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3474
Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Sibley County Historical Museum

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Sibley county historical Museum

This is a museum housed in an 1884 brick mansion.

700 Main Street
Henderson, MN 556044
507-248-3434
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society and Minnesota River Center

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Joseph R Brown MN River Center-building

Explore this interactive displays and exhibits tell the stories of the Minnesota River, the history of a 33-county area, the life and works of Joseph R. Brown.

600 Main Street
PO Box 25
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3234
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Belle Plaine Historic Buildings

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With rich history dating back to 1854, the Belle Plaine and Minnesota Valley State Recreational Area greets you as you enter one of the gateways to the Minnesota River Valley National Byway.

Belle Plaine, MN 56011
952-873-6109
Biking, Eating, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Shopping

Minnesota River State Water Trail

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A gentle river seldom interrupted by rapids, the Minnesota River is one of the few canoe rivers in southwestern Minnesota and offers some of the most impressive landscapes in this part of the state.

Mankato, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling
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