Explore the top things to do in Owatonna, MN

Whether you’re in town for an event at the Steele County Four Seasons Centre, on-site meetings, or a family reunion, the Country Inn & Suites puts you near the best things to do in Owatonna, MN. Get outside to discover Minnesota’s natural beauty at some of the green spaces that make Owatonna “The City of Friendliness and Beautiful Parks.” In summer, you can go in-line skating, walking, or biking at spots like Kaplan’s Woods Parkway, a 225-acre oasis with miles of hiking and jogging trails. For winter visits, ride snowmobiles in Rice Lake State Park or go cross-country skiing. If you're here with kids, check out the lazy river at the River Springs Water Park every summer and don’t miss the RAD Zoo! The zoo is home to more than 150 kinds of animals and is Minnesota's premier destination for reptiles such as frogs, salamanders, toads, crocodilians, snakes, and lizards.

Want to go shopping? Ultra Outlets offers bargains less than seven miles away, and Mall of America is an easy day trip to the north. Wander through Owatonna's historic downtown to peruse local stores like Kristi’s Boutique, Urban Loft, Sterling Home, Bellebrooke Boutique, and Lily and Rose Boutique. For a getaway weekend with just the two of you, visit local breweries and wineries like Mineral Springs Brewery, Indian Island Winery, Crooked Pint Ale House, and 10,000 Drops Craft Distillers.

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3.55 mi / 5.72 km from the hotel
Peruse the gun library, watch the fish in the aquarium, learn about wildlife management, and buy outdoor gear of all kinds at this retailer.

Historic Downtown Owatonna

0.82 mi / 1.32 km from the hotel
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Owatonna’s downtown is home to fascinating spots like Central Park, which dates to 1871. Pick up a walking tour brochure at the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism or one of downtown's many boutiques.

Kaplan’s Woods Parkway

0.45 mi / 0.73 km from the hotel
Pack a picnic to enjoy this 225-acre city park near Lake Kohlmeier. Dedicated in 1987, the park offers opportunities to hike, bike, jog, ski, and relax.

Mall of America®

53.32 mi / 85.81 km from the hotel
Revolutionize your shopping experience with more than 500 stores at your disposal. This shopping destination also offers entertainment in the form of a theme park, mini golf, an aquarium, and much more.
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Ultra Outlets

6.07 mi / 9.76 km from the hotel
Shop at more than two dozen outlet, factory, and clearance retailers at the Ultra Outlets of Medford.

Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum

0.54 mi / 0.87 km from the hotel
Between 1886 and 1945, more than 10,500 children were sent to the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. Hear their stories at this one-of-a-kind museum.

Owatonna Arts Center

0.54 mi / 0.86 km from the hotel
This cultural center mixes art with history, housing rotating exhibitions that range from paintings to sculptures. The center's beautiful building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo

2.55 mi / 4.1 km from the hotel
Home to more than 150 kinds of animals, RAD Zoo boasts one of the world’s largest reptile displays and plenty of amphibians. Get up close and learn more about snakes, turtles, crocodiles, and frogs.

Rice Lake State Park

8.98 mi / 14.45 km from the hotel
Once a place where native inhabitants harvested wild rice, this state park is now a great spot for outdoor leisure activities. Ski or snowmobile in winter, and hike or birdwatch in the summer.

River Springs Water Park

2.48 mi / 3.99 km from the hotel
This family-friendly water park features a tube slide, a lazy river, a zero-depth entry pool, a climbing wall, and a lily pad walk. For a treat, head to the concession stand.

Steele County Free Fair

1.42 mi / 2.28 km from the hotel
The largest county fair in the state, this event brings more than 100 food stands and 30 thrill rides to Owatonna every summer. Look out for acts like the human cannonball.