Lanesboro

Tucked along the banks of the Root River in Southeast Minnesota, you’ll find a hidden gem – Historic Lanesboro, the Heart of Bluff Country. Take relaxing a drive on Highway 16, a National Scenic Byway, turn north on Highway 250, and you’ve arrived at the main street of Lanesboro, population 754. Park your car in the Poetry Parking Lot, next to the Art Car, and walk into town over a restored railroad bridge, the Coffee Street Walking Bridge. The parking lot is by the bass pond, which is fully-stocked by the DNR fish hatcheries nearby.

Strolling down Lanesboro’s main street, Parkway Avenue is like a walk-through time. Well-preserved, it’s a snapshot of rural America a century ago. Architecture gracefully combines the old and new. Buildings built just a few years ago are neighbors with buildings over a hundred years old. Downtown is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

This town is alive with the arts, good food, easy access to the outdoors whose beauty rivals anywhere else, and history. In fact, you may even see a History Alive! Pop-up play – reenactments of Lanesboro history. You just never know what you’ll see in town.

At the north end of town, the Commonweal Theatre, home to a professional theatre that is now in its 26th season, which, from March through December, entertains thousands of people every year with a rotating repertory of comedies, dramas, musicals, classics and contemporary plays. Next door to the state-of-the-art Commonweal Theatre, is the St. Mane Theatre, run by Lanesboro Arts. This theater, one of the oldest buildings in town, provides a venue for the Lanesboro Community Theater, concerts, classes and Over the Back Fence, a variety show which has been in operation since 1994. On the second Friday, from March through November, Over the Back Fence showcases talented local cast, musicians and other guests. Each month features a new theme with music, skits, jokes, comedy, poems, and more. In addition to live theater, the recently renovated St. Mane Theatre presents the movies of local and regional independent filmmakers.

Both theaters are part of the Lanesboro Arts Campus, a layered and memorable arts experience integrated into the fabric of Lanesboro that builds on, and is designed to enhance and connect, existing assets—the river, scenery, recreation, history, and downtown—while extending art into the community. By utilizing art, design, and history to maintain, strengthen, and link what’s unique and authentic about Lanesboro, stimulating economic growth and improving quality of life.

Imagine shopping in the places where people have been shopping for generations. While the locally-owned shops don’t house a cobbler, they do still offer unique products and services, housed in the warm, welcoming Lanesboro downtown shops.

Lanesboro is conveniently located in the middle of the nationally acclaimed Root River State Bike Trail, so it doesn’t matter which direction you choose to go. Ride on 60 miles of paved trails, following the river winding its way through woods, bluffs, farms and tiny towns.

The trail runs right through the middle of town. After an enjoyable day of biking through Bluff Country, ride over to the shops and grab some gourmet cheese and a bottle of wine to enjoy at a splendidly restored bed and breakfast while you get ready to go out for dinner and the theater.
Lanesboro is well known for its many lodging choices. You can choose to stay at a bed and breakfast, a cabin or an inn – practical, charming, historic, secluded, on the river. No matter where you stay, though, you will enjoy generous hospitality, and relaxing comfort.

Some visitors would rather take a more leisurely trip down the river. Canoes, kayaks and tubes are available to rent in town. Top off your afternoon with some ice cream.

At the center of town is the jewel of Lanesboro, green, tree-laden Sylvan Park. With a brand-new, kid-approved playground, seven picnic shelters, tennis and basketball courts, two spring-fed ponds, a gazebo; this 12-acre park is the place to spend an hour or a whole day. The park is within sight of a waterfall flowing over the 1868 dam, providing the power for the electric power plant which has been generating power for almost 150 years.
Countless activities are held here. On the first Saturday in June, the park hosts the famous Rhubarb Festival commemorating our status as the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota as designated by the Minnesota state legislature. Later in the month, Art in the Park, southeast Minnesota’s longest running art festival, features 80+ art exhibitors, pie (including rhubarb, of course), music all day, all taking place in the dappled shade of the park’s stately trees.

Once a year, the first weekend in August, the town celebrates Buffalo Bill Days, in recognition of the times when Buffalo Bill brought his famous Wild West show to town. The festival is so big, with so many activities, it takes three days to do it all. From volleyball tournaments to dancing, picnics to beer and brats, fireworks to the Grand Parade, this event has something for the whole family.

Come visit! Discover a slower pace of life with no chain stores or fast food franchises, and the closest stoplight is 20 miles away. This quaint town site offers invigorating outdoor adventures, breathtaking views, rich artistic and cultural experiences, unique shopping, locally grown foods and find dining. Come see why visitors love Lanesboro and return year after year!

Lanesboro
Minnesota
507-886-2409

Amish Tours
Home Decor
T-Shirts
Bike Decor
Gifts
Books
Candy

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2128

Southeast Minnesota's Oldest & Lanesboro's Original Amish Tours. Scenic Tours through Amish Country. Amish-Made Furniture. Amish Woodworking Shop. Tour an Amish home when available. Beautifully handcrafted gifts. Amish Bakery. Group Buses Welcome. Stop on Guide. Reservations Recommended.

Group buses welcome - Step on guide

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2996

Experience the serenity of our rural setting. Enjoy colorful songbirds feasting at busy feeders. Avian Acres is well-known for the freshest seed like our best selling Bob's Mix....blended for all your seed-eating birds.

Expert advice on products, attraction techniques, and habitat design.

Seed
Suet
Feeders
Houses
Baths
Books
Gifts & More

Open Year-Round!

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-3070

Bluffscape Amish Tours of Lanesboro will take you on a fun, educational experience through the Amish countryside of Southeastern Minnesota. 

Lanesboro
MN
800-657-7025

Professional live theatre in historic Lanesboro.

Lanesboro
Minnesota
507-467-2577
Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2437

Nestled amid the hardwood forests and river bluffs of southeastern Minnesota, Eagle Bluff offers programs for families, visitors, students, and individuals alike. Challenge yourself atop our high ropes course, join us for a get-away weekend, or explore our 11 miles of trails. Whether you are looking for a memorable educational field trip, a unique family outdoor adventure or an inspiring place to hold your retreat, there is learning and discovery to be had at Eagle Bluff! Visit us for the day or plan to attend an overnight event; call now for more information or visit our website.

Lanesboro
Minnesota
507 467 2598

A stunningly beautiful campground in the hart of Bluff Country!

226 Sites (Ten, RV, Permanent)
RV sites with Full Hookups (Electric, water & sewer)
Seasonal Sites with Full Hookups
5 unit hotel sleeps up to 22 guests
Tubing, Canoeing and Kayaking
Access to bike trail
On the Root River
Banquet Facility: seats 80 plus

Lanesboro
507-216-1140

Come and Explore Bluff Country in God's Country in Southeast Minnesota!

I grew up in Lanesboro and know the Bluff Country areas very well. If you are looking ot buy or sell in this beautiful area, I would love to help you! I specialize in Residential, Commercial, Recreational, and Ag Land. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the Persian Gulf War and I promise to give the same commitment when ou are ready to buy, sell or just need information on properties.
- John Nelson - Realtor

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-3769
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Sundays - 9:00am

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-3318
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Sundays - 10:30am

Lanesboro
MN
507 421 8008

Extra Large Primitive Campsites

Lanesboro
MN
507 467 3560
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Enjoy a most relaxing retreat in this 1897 Queen Anne Victorian. Comfortable quite rooms, with scrumptious breakfast.

Lanesboro
Minnesota
507-467-2782

Enjoy amazing craft beers on tap, great cocktails, in-house flat breads, and the best live music in southeastern Minnesota!

Open Daily til Late

Trivia Tuesdays at 7:30pm and Open Mic Thursdays 7:30pm till late.

Kitchen always open

Two outdoor decks overlooking the Root River

Also, rent our 3rd floor loft.

Lanesboro
Minnesota
1-800-944-2158
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A much needed getaway, being pampered, surrounded by affordable luxury, soaking your stress away in an aromatic whirlpool bath, sipping champagne, watching the flicker of flames all to the tune of a romantic melody.

All guest rooms and suites include:

  • 2-person Whirlpools and/or Fireplaces
  • AM/FM/CD Radio
  • TV with Cable
  • Hairdryer
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 24-Hour Coffee and Tea Service
  • Unique Victorian Accommodations

Recognized as:

  • Top 10 Place to Wake Up in State of Minnesota
  • Top 15 B&B in USA with Friendliest Staff
  • A Most Romantic B&B (Fodors)
  • A Top 10 Great Place to Relax & Recharge

Open Year-Round

Complimentary Country Farm to Table Multi-Course Breakfast

Lanesboro
MN
507 467 2446

Exhibition & Juried Sales Galleries
St. Mane Theatre - Music, Drama, Film, Variety Show
Arts Campus & Community Engagement

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2121

Convenience & Service all through the Root River Valley. Hot Food & Deli. Convenience Store. Movie Rentals. Lottery Tickets. Pay-At-Pump 24/7. Diesel Fuel. LP Exchange. Hunting & Fishing license & Game Registration

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2646
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Sundays - 10:30am

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2943

A full service outfitter - Rent, Retail, Repair. Sports Store. Padded Bike Shorts. Bike Jerseys. Helmets. T-Shirts & Sweatshirts. Bide Bags. Speedometers. Life Jackets. Gadgets Galore. Canoe & Kayak Paddles. Bicycle Repair

Bicycle Repair & Rental
Bicycle Supplies
Recumbent (Single & Double)
Canoe & Kayak Sales, Rental & Equipment
RV Supplies
Worms Sold Here
Tube Rentals

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2154
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A cornerstone of Lanesboro, this lovely 1872 Limestone building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lanesboro
MN
507-875-2460
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Sundays - 10:30am

Lanesboro
MN
507-875-2460
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Sundays - 9:00am - 8 miles north of Lanesboro on 250, then 4 miles west on Hwy 30

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-3663

Full Lunch and Dinner Menu Choices. Steaks, seafood, fish, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, desserts. Daily Bar Specials and Live Entertainment May through Labor Day. Full Service Food Menu serving Lunch and Dinner 11am-9pm. Full Service Alcohol and Food Catering Available.

Voted "The Best Outdoor Dining in SE Minnesota".

"One of 12 places you should eat in Minnesota in 2017."
- By OnlyInYourState.com

Lanesboro
Minnesota
507 467 3400

Family Owned & Operated for over 20 years!

We rent Canoes, Kayaks, Bikes and Tubes

Two-For-Tuesdays - Two tubes for the price of one every Tuesday!

Lanesboro
Minnesota
507-467-3355

On/Off Sale
Pull Tabs & E-Tabs
Minnesota State Lottery

Daily Happy Hour

Open Daily - Mon-Sat at 10am and Sun at noon

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-2480
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Sundays - 8:00am

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-8663

Historic Lanesboro, MN. - Renovated 1884 Historic Hotel - Open Year-Round!

Private Bathrooms
Wi-Fi and Cable TV
Double Jacuzzis & Lofts
Fireplaces & Air Conditioning
Expanded Continental Breakfast
Locked Bike Storage
Clothing & Gift Shop
In-room Coffee, Microwave & Fridge

Lanesboro
MN
507 467 3444

Monday-Saturday 6am to 3pm

Sunday 7am to 2pm

Lanesboro
MN
507-467-3363
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Sundays - 9:00am