Area Attractions

Small town attitude, but vision for the future.

Listed below are some area attractions you may want to visit during your stay in Waterville, MN.

 

Southern Minnesota Lakes Region Association

Attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, etc for Morristown, Waterville, Elysian and Madison Lake in the heart of southern Minnesota located among 50 lakes on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail.

 

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Midpoint Trail Head is Located in Waterville off State Hwy 13, 1/4 mile North of State Hwy 60.  (2 minutes away)

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a 39 mile multiple use trail running between Mankato and Fairbault, which has been developed on an abandoned railroad grade. The trail lies in the transition zone between what was once the “BigWoods” and the vast prairies.

FarmAmerica

7367 360th Ave, Waseca, MN 56093 (20 minutes away)

Through sensory experiences like self-guided walking tours, field trips, day camps, special events, farm animal interactions, and virtual programming, Farmamerica - the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center - strives to connect people with the evolving story of agriculture so they better understand not just how the countryside was settled over 200 years ago, but how agriculture and farming are progressing to be more sustainable than ever before.

Rad Zoo

6750 W Frontage Road, Medford, MN (20 minutes away)

We are located in the Outlet Mall in Medford, MN.  Come and experience Minnesota's premier reptile destination. Marvel at the amazing creatures of the reptile and amphibian world including snakes, lizards, crocodilians, toads, frogs and salamanders.  Our zoo is home to over 150 kinds of animals from all over the world.  We’re dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a fun, safe, and educational wildlife experience.

Village of Yesteryear

1431 Austin Rd, Owatonna, MN 55060 (30 minutes away)

In 1962 the Society was offered the Saco Church located 7 miles southwest of Owatonna, and with the support of the Steele County Agricultural Society, the Society permanently leased a portion of the southeast section of the fairgrounds to begin a pioneer village.   The original layout was similar to the center of Owatonna and its Central Park, which was originally circular. Thus was established the Village of Yesteryear, which has grown in the years since through the additional move of historic structures, as well as museum buildings built on site.

Waseca Waterpark

200 26th Ave NE, Waseca, MN 56093 (10 minutes away)

The Waseca Waterpark is a family friendly environment with different features for all ages. We have a zero depth entry with a turtle slide, guizers, and water features. We have a water walk along with a diving board and 2 slides.

Waseca Art Center

200 State Street North, Waseca MN 56093 (15 minutes away)

While we’re dedicated to producing our own art and community art, we’re also devoted to bringing the artist out in our students. Offering classes to adults, teens and children in both group settings and private lessons, there’s something for anyone looking to foster their inner Picasso. We strive to instill creativity and teach form and function to all artists and guests that come to Waseca Art Center seeking a fun, relaxing, and well rounded artistic experience.

Half Pint Brewing

40099 150th Street Waseca, MN 56093 (10 minutes away)

Half Pint Brewing Company is a small scale farm brewery that produces beer made from ingredients we grow, or locally sourced. No pets, please.

Ward House Brewing

113 E Elm Ave, Waseca, MN 56093 (15 minutes away)

Ward House Brewery is open Wednesday thru Saturday so come on by and have a pint.

Cross Country Soaring

3401 Highway 21 W, Faribault, MN 55021 (20 minutes away)

We are a commercial glider operation based at the Faribault Municipal Airport , about 35 minutes south of Minneapolis on I-35W. We operate from April through October. We offer glider rides, instruction, glider rental, and tow service. Flying gliders, or sailplanes, is fun, educational, beautiful and knows no age boundaries. 

Vintage Escapes Winery

8950 Dodd Rd, Kilkenny, Minnesota 56052 (20 minutes away)

Vintage Escapes Winery is a veteran-owned/family-operated winery located in south-central Minnesota. Inspired by love and family, Vintage Escapes Winery was created to provide a unique & enjoyable place to escape while savoring beautifully crafted wines.

Indian Island Winery

18018 631st Ave  Janesville, MN 56048 (25 minutes away)

Indian Island Winery is a farm winery with grapes grown in our own vineyard and other local growers. Indian Island Winery is a family operated business owned by Ray and Lisa Winter in partnership with son Tom, daughter Angie, and daughter-in-law Angela. Our winery was built on a site once used by Native Americans as a summer hunting camp. Teeming with wildlife, the land once was nearly 100% surrounded by water. Throughout past years, many artifacts have been found keeping us intrigued by the history of these grounds. Come, join us and experience what Indian Island Winery has to offer you.

Paradise Center for the Arts

321 Central Ave N, Faribault, MN 55021 (20 minutes away)

We offer art education, gallery exhibitions and live performances of music, theater, and comedy and other artistic opportunities for all ages. We are a vibrant hub in our community and a well fueled economic engine for the region.

River Bend Nature Center

1000 Rustad Rd, Faribault, MN 55021 (30 minutes away)

River Bend Nature Center's mission is to help people discover, enjoy, understand and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us all. We provide educational programs, special events, and over 743 acres and 10 miles of multi-use trails for public use.

Carnegie Arts Center

120 S Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001 (30 minutes away)

We're committed to nurturing the visual arts in the Southern Minnesota area through an exhibition program – operating two galleries – a gift shop offering works for sale by regional artists and the rental of private studio spaces. 

Steele County Historical Society

1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN (30 minutes away)

The Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) is dedicated to preserving our past, sharing our county's stories, and connecting people with history in new and meaningful ways. We do this today for the benefit of future generations, because history matters!

Water's Edge Mini Golf

175 Landmark Dr NE #5702, Owatonna, MN 55060 (30 minutes away)

Waters Edge Mini Golf is a great place to bring the whole family for an afternoon! Open 7 days a week in summer. $8 for 13 & up, $6 for children 6-12, and free for children five and under. Our eighteen-hole course is challenging and fun for everyone!

Bounce Town

1860 Adams St. Mankato, MN 56001 (30 minutes away)

BounceTown is an indoor, year-round inflatable party and play center for children 12-years of age and under. We are the perfect place for kids to get their wiggles out. Along with Open Bounce, we offer birthday party tables, private party events, and off-site inflatable rentals.

Mount Kato

20461 Old Hwy 66, Mankato, MN 56001 (40 minutes away)

Mount Kato is located 1 mile south of Mankato, MN. Expansive terrain with 19 trails & 8 chairlifts. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.