Incredible Austin, Minnesota provides seven exits from the fast-moving lanes of I-90 to a variety of charming, relaxing getaways!
Recharge among over 500 acres at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, featuring trails through hardwoods, pine forest, restored prairie, along Dobbins Creek and ponds, and from the top of the observation tower. Or bring your bike and ride the Shooting Star bike trail from the south edge of the nature center on over 40 miles of natural beauty, with historical and cultural treasures.
Find a distinctive blend of “justwhat-you’re-looking-for” clothing, giftware, and food at the local shopping center, one of the original strip malls in Minnesota. Enjoy the picturesque historic downtown area which includes quaint shops, oneof-a-kind boutiques, and tempting restaurants. Refresh and rejuvenate at one of our revitalizing salons or spas. Enjoy a calming walk around the Mill Pond, followed by coffee and a special treat, or maybe ice cream, in one of the local shops.
Downtown, you will find the brand-new Austin ArtWorks Center, in the historic bank building showcasing local arts, providing art enrichment to children and adults, and fostering a community of artists and art lovers. Publications from 1896 state, “First National Bank is conceded on all sides to be the finest and most artistically designed business structure in Austin.” That beautiful stone front is still visible today. The Historic Paramount Theatre, also located downtown, is one of only a few “Atmospheric Theatres” remaining in Minnesota, originally opened in 1929. It was designed to represent being in the courtyard of a quaint Spanish Village with twinkling stars and rolling clouds overhead. It is currently fully functioning with year-round performances.
Austin is the largest town in Mower County, which is the source of four rivers: the Cedar River, Upper Iowa River, Wapsipinicon River and the Root River. As part of the MN DNR’s state water trail program, the Cedar River Watershed route runs for about 25 miles, providing opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeists and kayakers, with portages at Driesner Park, Ramsey Dam or Marcusen Park in Austin