Local Area Attractions
Treasure Island Casino
Treasure Island Casino is fast becoming a premiere destination for adventure-seekers throughout the Midwest. Get in on the excitement of over 650 poker, keno and high-return slot machines. Denominations range from five cents to five dollars, and there are even $10,000 progressives. Or if blackjack is more your deal, take a seat at one of our 39 tables, with bets ranging from $2 to $500. Just 30 minutes south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport off Highway 61.
Buggies and other horse drawn equipment are common sights. Guided tours of the Amish settlement are available in Harmony.
The longest cave in Minnesota with over 12 miles of natural passages, Mystery Cave is currently being operated as a handicapped accessible cave. Visit the 47 degree year-round temperatures in the maze of caves underneath this southeast Minnesota area. Tours offered daily at Forestville State Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Root River Biking/Hiking Trail
Located within Minnesota’s southeastern bluff lands, the 36 mile Root River State Trail has been developed on an abandoned railroad grade now paved with asphalt. This multiple use trail parallels the soaring limestone bluffs providing outstanding scenery. Wildlife is abundant and sightings of wild turkey, deer, hawks and turkey vultures are common. The trail contains 46 major and minor bridges. Bicycling and hiking are the main summer uses and cross country skiing is popular in the winter.
Public tours are offered daily of historic areas of the Plummer Building and patient floors of the Mayo, Hilton and Guggenheim buildings.
5731 County Rd 105 NW
Byron, MN - (507)775-2451
Oxbow Park offers almost any outdoor enthusiast a chance to pursue his or her favorite activity: hiking, camping, fishing, picnics. Park facilities include hiking trails, four picnic areas, each with a covered shelter. One of the areas also has playground equipment, and a ball field is maintained during the summer for public use.
Quarry Hill Nature Center
The Nature Center includes biomes, facilities, staff, equipment, and hands-on science programs that are devoted to instill science principles and environmental ethics into the individual participants of each and every program. Such an environment will be designed to nurture an appreciation for the natural world as a place to enjoy and respect, as well as to preserve it for future generations.
701 Silver Creek Road NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Historic Bluff Country
Come to enjoy antiquing, bicycling or hiking on the Root River State Trail or the Harmony-Preston Valley trail. Join in local celebrations, settle in for a picnic in the park and an evening concert, or retreat to the cozy comfort of an elegant bed and breakfast. Visit website to find out more information: http://www.bluffcountry.com/
Quiet Country Campground
Only ten minutes to the Mayo Clinic and hospitals.
Mall of America - Bloomington, Minnesota
Mall of America is the largest fully enclosed retail and family entertainment complex in the United States. Close to 400 specialty stores, Knott’s Camp Snoopy and several other attractions join anchor stores Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Dells is the Midwest’s most popular vacation spot. Wholesome family entertainment is offered day after day, night after night, with a "Show of Shows" - seven spectacular attractions that thrill, delight, entertain and educate. For sightseers and outdoor enthusiasts, the sky’s the limit with over 10,000 acres of unspoiled woodland beauty, clear-water lakes and meandering rivers. We’re world-famous for breathtaking scenic tours.
All tours to Mayowood Mansion depart from Olmsted County Historical Center. Tours are run Tuesdays through Saturdays April through October. Christmas routs are held annually during the month of November. The Mansion is closed on holidays. Adults $6, children $3.
Bluff Country - Six Self-Guided Discovery Driving Tours
Discover the hills of hollers of southeastern Minnesota with six self-guided driving tours of historic bluff country.
Van Horn Truck Museum - Mason City, Iowa
The nation’s oldest and most unusual commercial vehicles, displayed in a turn of the century setting, including a store front street made up of gas stations, general stores, fire house, and garages. There’s even an early warehouse complete with loading dock and mannequins loading early trucks with merchandise of that era. Vehicles dating back to 1908. Open May 25 through September 22 seven days a week.
Historic Forestville - Preston, Minnesota
Cross the Victorian Bridge and experience the summer of 1899. Discover Forestville’s exciting past by visiting Thomas Meighen’s farm village. Chat with costumed interpreters portraying Forestville residents. Pass the time with the gardener or farm laborers as they go about their daily activities. Follow the aromas of meals being prepared in the kitchen of the Meighen residence. Explore the "latest" styles of fabrics, shoes, clothes and merchandise at the Forestville store. Take home an experience of life in this once-prosperous town.
Rochester Childrens Museum
Hands on Museum for children in Rochester.