3303 Oakland Ave. W.
Austin, MN 55912
Phone: (507) 437-7774
Fax: (507) 437-7775
This village is comprised of thirteen buildings that are reminiscent of the 1800s, with the centerpiece of the village being the Dunnell Mansion, which was built in 1868; other buildings include a church, two cabins, a depot, a fire hall, a general store, a town hall, a school, a blacksmith shop, and a farm equipment building. All of the buildings are completely furnished with authentic period pieces.
Rice Lake State Park offers five miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, canoe rentals, winter camping, a gift shop, and other special events.
The Owatonna Public Library is a historic library building established in 1899. Built in the Classical Revival style of architecture, it forms a part of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating. The library has continued to function till date and still serves the people of neighborhood.
Originally known as the First Methodist Church and now the Spring Valley Community Historical Society Museum, the Spring Valley Methodist Episcopal Church is a beautiful Gothic Revival structure. The stained glass windows, its altar and other objects take you back in time.
Adventure Greens is an 18-hole miniature golf course designed to challenge guests of all ages. Water hazards and boulder bank shots make for interesting play.
This golf course based in Rochester is a huge expanse clad with gigantic trees through which beautiful light filters in, and a well-maintained lush green area where you can peacefully practice golf. Apart from serving as a picturesque golf course, you can also book this place for an intimate wedding ceremony or for banquet. Golf outings can also be held here for any group size. You can even sign up for a golf training session with their efficient instructors. Sessions are available to train children as well.
This historic mansion, featuring original furnishings, is the former home of Doctor Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the world renowned Mayo Clinic; one hour guided walking tours are available.
Dr. Paul E. Zollman Zoo is more than just a space exhibiting animals. This zoological park protects wild animals that are indigenous to Minnesota. Majority of the animals suffer from physical wounds that have hampered their movements. Adequate care is given to these creatures, while visitors can interact with them. The zoo is home to over 30 species of animals; they include White-Tailed Deer, porcupines, coyotes, bobcats, foxes and more. The zoo is part of the Oxbow Park, and has pioneered environmental education here.
A conservation education facility, the Lime Creek Nature Center's mission is to develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural world through conservation and education. Over eight miles of trails, two primitive camping areas, a wide variety of tree and bird species, picnic tables and grills, and the historic ruins of the 1873 Old Brewery are available.
This five story house is the former home of Henry S. Plummer, who was a member of the Mayo Clinic Staff in 1901; the house features forty nine rooms and eleven acres of landscaped grounds that include roses, a flower garden, and a water tower.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House was Wright's first and only Prairie School-style house designed in Iowa. The restored home, designed for the family of Dr. George and Eleanor Stockman, is furnished with period pieces and reproductions of furnishings Wright designed for other houses.
Water towers are generally built for a purely practical purpose, but the Libby Food Plant executives had a different idea. Built and installed in 1931, it served as an entertaining as well as functional structure during one of the most difficult periods of American history, the Great Depression. Anatomically accurate, the water tower is built as an enormous ear of corn, and attracts curious visitors and tourists. The tower is now a part of the Seneca Foods Complex and is now a historic relic towering at 60 feet (18.288 meters) over the skyline and serving as a distinct landmark for the town. Lit up during the night, the tower is hard to miss and is a fun detour if you're looking for off beat local attractions to visit.