You are invited to Discover Austin, Minn.! From the fast moving lanes of I-90, take one of seven exits to enjoy a charming and relaxing getaway for the day or longer. Austin has many comfortable, welcoming lodging facilities and restaurants that take the “Minnesota Nice” reputation for customer service seriously.
Recharge at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, with trails through over 500 acres of hardwoods, pine forest, restored prairie and along Dobbins Creek. Make sure you experience our new and exciting Interpretive Center, opened in 2017, featuring many unique and interactive exhibits, including two red-tailed hawks.
Speaking of unique, have you been to the one and only SPAM® Museum? A brand new SPAM® Museum was built in downtown Austin in 2016, and within a few months welcomed over 100,000 visitors. FREE admission introduces you to a World Market, Can Central, Kids Can Play area, SPAM® Brand 101, and 1891 and Beyond. And while you are downtown, be sure to stop at a new book store that that offers books, ice cream, old fashion candy and the world’s largest known collection of Berenstain Bears memorabilia. Your trip downtown would not be complete without a stop at the bike shop. This is not your ordinary bike shop – they have over 80 historical bikes including the 1868 “Boneshaker”; new to the collection in 2017 was a bike owned by the late Robin Williams.
Just a couple blocks from downtown you will find the Hormel Historic Home. This home was built in 1871 and a visit will give you an insight to the life of the George A. Hormel Family (founder of Hormel Foods). A couple of blocks the other direction you will find the Historic Paramount Theatre, built in 1929 and one of a few “Atmospheric” theatres remaining in Minnesota. The theatre affords a fully functional venue for films, live theatre and musical entertainment, and now offers the pre-arranged group tours to learn about the history and restoration, so be sure to make your arrangements today!
Outside of the downtown area, you can find a produce/bakery/garden center. They are famous for having the state’s largest daily donuts, but also offer other specialty foods and produce as well as garden decorations, supplies and plants. You can also find a distinctive collection of “just-what-you’re-looking for” clothing, giftware and food at one of Minnesota’s original strip malls.
Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the many options Austin offers: two amateur baseball teams (Greyhounds and Blue Sox), an amateur hockey team (Bruins), a 9-man football team (SE MN Warhawks), a women’s roller derby club (Minnesota Southbound Rollers). Plus, Austin has an extensive biking and hiking system, with miles of well-marked hard-surface trails around and through the city. Access to local waterways provides the opportunity for canoeists and kayakers to enjoy the Cedar River Water State Water Trail and East Side Lake. During the winter, you can take advantage of snow shoe and snow ski trails, plus over 200 miles of snowmobile trails.
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