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Fun Things to Do in Owatonna, MN

Looking to explore new hiking trails? Or a chance to practice your full swing on one of two championship golf courses? When you visit the city of Owatonna, Minnesota, your outdoor adventures await!

Located in Steele County, just one hour south of downtown Minneapolis, Owatonna offers the perfect weekend getaway or day-trip for the entire family.

And when you book a ride with Land to Air Express, you can travel to this exciting city affordably and explore other Southern Minnesota destinations along the way.

5 Things to Do in Owatonna, MN

Whether you’re visiting family, vacationing, or just feeling a little wanderlust, there are endless activities and places to explore while you’re in Owatonna. To help you plan the itinerary, check out these five must-see attractions. 

Brooktree Golf Course

If your idea of vacationing is hours spent on the green, you’re sure to find the perfect course to suit your skill level in Owatonna. The Brooktree Golf Course, for example, is an 18-hole championship golf course, nestled along the banks of Maple Creek. 

It offers 6,684 yards of golf, from the longest tees to the stunning scenery and complete with a babbling brook, lush trees, and winding paths. You can easily reserve your tee times online and once you’re done for the day, you can head over to Tavern Nine Restaurant for a bite to eat.

Foremost Brewing Cooperative

Do you love traveling to local breweries across Southern Minnesota? You’ll definitely want to give Foremost, Minnesota’s first cooperative brew pub, a visit.

Whether you prefer IPAs over lagers or dark porters over Belgian and sour ales, they offer a wide selection of beers to satisfy everyone’s taste-buds. And if you’re bringing the kiddos, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to choose from, including cream soda that they’ll gladly pour over vanilla ice cream if you ask.

Be sure to come hungry, too. Because this brewery has an adjoining restaurant that serves up shareable plates, paninis, fresh salads, wraps, and so much more!

Costas Candies

Who doesn’t love checking out local bakeries to help satisfy a sweet tooth. Since 1919, Costas has offered the city of Owatonna handcrafted, delicious chocolates in many popular flavors that include buttercream, caramel, toffee, peanut butter, and coconut! 

Of course, if you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, you can always check out Curly Girly Candy. They offer sugar-free caramels, toffees, and brittles—all delicious with zero guilt attached! 

Kaplan’s Woods Parkway & Lake Kohlmier

When you’re ready to walk off all those delicious treats, or you’re just planning to spend the day hiking on scenic trails, Kaplan’s Woods Parkway & Lake Kohlmier has you covered!

As one of the city’s most popular recreation areas, Kaplan’s features 225 acres for hiking, biking, jogging, and cross-country skiing. During the summer months, you and the family can spend the day fishing or swimming at the local beach on Lake Kohlmier. Because you can rent outdoor equipment all year long, you can travel light and still parktake in all the activities you enjoy!

Historic Downtown

In truth, it’s hard to narrow down all the “must-see” places in Owatonna to only five destinations. Therefore, to help you get the full experience, you’ll need to walk up and down its downtown district to explore all the shop venues, historic buildings and architectures, street music, and more!

You’ll love the charm and hospitality of this thriving city, and depending on which day you arrive, you might be just in time for one of Owatonna’s annual festivals and events. Let’s just say the locals know how to throw a good party. 

Bus Rides to Owatonna, MN —Starting at $8

We can’t wait for you to explore this exciting city, and we hope you’ll trust Land to Air Express to handle all the ground travel details.

To book a bus ride to Owatonna, or other popular Southern Minnesota destinations, you can reserve your seat online today. Rates start at just $8 for one way, and include 2 free checked bags, 1 free carry on, free WiFi, and convenient charging outlets aboard each bus.

For questions about travel, including information on how we’re working to keep you safe, you can find this information here, or contact our team. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you plan your trip! 

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