EXPLORE Southwest Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota has it all, whether you’re a history buff; friends looking for a night out at local breweries and wineries; a couple looking for a weekend getaway with unique shopping opportunities; or travelers looking for an attraction or museum like no other. The picturesque communities of Southwest Minnesota invite the visitor to step back to relax and unwind.

Take the time to traverse the vast prairie landscapes throughout the region. The wide-open prairies once roamed by buffalo are now characterized by rolling crop fields mixed with quaint farming towns filled with history and charm.  

While the stunning prairie vistas certainly offer options for biking, fishing, hiking, camping and hunting, there is so much more for you to experience on your unforgettable journey through the region.   

Small town cafés and coffee shops greet visitors with a smile and welcome visitors to relax after shopping at locally-owned retail stores filled with gorgeous home decorating items, custom-made art, unique clothing and other beautiful gifts.   

Sit on the lawn of the historic Dinehart-House in Slayton and enjoy the annual family-oriented night of music off the front porch on a cool summer night. Take a spin on a train turntable or stroll through stunning authentic pioneer-era school house at the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie.   

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Explore the Pipestone National Monument where you can wander through tall prairie grasses mixed with stunning rock formations that are culturally important to all Native Americans.  

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Looking for adventure? Climb the 100-foot quartzite cliffs at Luverne’s Blue Mounds State Park.

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Be sure to enjoy the cultural events that take place throughout the Southwest Minnesota Region.  The Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival in Worthington is an event not to miss where amateur and professional windsurfers from around the world meet to race on beautiful Lake Okabena.  Enjoy the Sounds of Summer in Marshall which provides entertainment for the entire family with festive outdoor concerts, high energy entertainment for the kids, and a scrumptious rib fest.  

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Need a place to unwind?  Breweries and Wineries are popping up throughout Southwest Minnesota including Brau Brothers Brewing Company in Marshall, the Round Lake Vineyard outside of Worthington, the Painted Prairie Vineyard outside of Currie and the Take 16 Brewing Company in Luverne

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Southwest Minnesota is home to some surprisingly unique museums and monuments. Travel back in time at Spomer Classics in Worthington, which offers visitors an up-close encounter with one of the largest collections of classic automobiles and collectible lighted neon signs in the upper Midwest.  At a small tranquil park in Marshall, rarely a day passes without someone taking the time to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial where visitors can look, touch and pay respect at the 600-pount twisted beam that once supported one of the iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and now rests peacefully in the heart the community. 

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Sit on the banks of Plum Creek, where the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder come to life in Walnut Grove, or visit the Intivity Center in Jackson, the Lake Benton Opera House, or the Jeffers Petroglyphs and let your imagination soar.

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Southwest Minnesota is rich in history, diverse in nature, full of quirky attractions and easy to get to without the hassles of traffic or the distraction of crowds. It is worth every minute of it!  #OnlyInSWMN