Snag your spot on the bison bus at Blue Mounds State Park for a chance to view our mighty national mammal roaming the prairie of southwest Minnesota. Or, enjoy a cool (48° to be exact) afternoon in Minnesota’s longest cave in the state, Mystery Cave. Heading north? Join our interpreters as they guide you through the various Soudan Mine surface facilities. Learn about the miners and their jobs, see what happened to the ore once it reached the surface and explore the different equipment that was used in the process. See you soon!
Tour de Pepin is one of the Midwest’s most unique cycling tours where riders have the option of a 32, 50, 72, or 100-mile ride through the captivating terrain and historic towns around Lake Pepin along the Great River Road. The ride includes rider support and 11 rest stops that feature a wide range of energizing snacks and refreshments. Riders still get to enjoy a number of add-ons as in previous years included logo merchandise and special offers.
Riders who navigate the 32 and 50-mile routes also enjoy scenic views from the comfort of The Pearl of the Lake, a genuine replica 1800s paddleboat, as they return back to Lake City.
Riders can relax and unwind following their return to Lake City with a reception held at Ohuta Park.
The fur trade was an essential part of the 18th and 19th century history of the region that was to become the State of Minnesota. The Cannon River Rendezvous is a re-enactment of a fur trade encampment during that period. Characters and activities of the time are portrayed by over 150 re-enactors in historically accurate attire and tent camps. Enjoy music, food, demonstrations, contests, vendors, and games. Beautiful, patriotic Memorial Day service. Fun for the entire family.
Glensheen’s New Lock & Key Tours are officially up and running! While on tour, you’ll explore the Congdon carriage collection, the inside of the boathouse, secret compartments in desks, and hidden spaces across the estate. You’ll also learn more about the Congdon family and the staff who worked for them across the estate throughout the 90-minute tour. We highly recommend this tour for guests who have already taken or who plan to take a Classic or Full Mansion self-guided tour of the house.
Plan your trip and book your tour today by visiting Glensheen’s New Lock & Key Tours. Tours will be offered daily now throughout the summer at Glensheen. Spots are limited, so don’t wait!
Our mission is simple. It is to Celebrate Preservation.
In a world full of manufactured experiences, we have very few opportunities to fully immerse ourselves in authenticity. Glensheen offers one of those rare chances.
Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th-century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.
Whether you’re going out at the stroke of midnight or heading out later into the day, Minnesota’s fishing opener is a can’t miss day of fishing, camping, and getting out to enjoy springtime!
Minnesota’s fishing opener on Saturday May 13th is a big deal. It’s been celebrated annually since 1948, when the first Governor’s Fishing Opener was conducted at Wahkon on Mille Lacs Lake. Every May on the Saturday two weeks before Memorial Day, half-a-million Minnesotans take to their lakes, rivers and streams to kick off the walleye, sauger and northern pike seasons.
To join the fun and be in the know… access the fishing portal and be sure to get a fishing licence! Check out this years fishing regulations here.
Rember too: Early open water is cold, and potentially deadly. While the best life jacket is the one you wear, inflatable life jackets are not the best option on cold water (including atop the ice). Cold water of less than 40 degrees can hinder the performance of self-inflating life jackets. A float coat or foam-filled life jacket is a better option for early open water fishing and boating. It’s best to save the self-inflating life jackets for warm weather. Wearing a proper fitting life jacket that is in good condition is the best way to survive an unexpected fall into cold water.
The Homegrown Music Festival is an annual community celebration of the original and diverse music of Duluth, MN and its surrounding communities. The festival includes nearly 200 local musical acts at over 30 venues, a children’s music showcase, poetry, visual art, film, fire spinning, and a kickball game. What started in 1999 with ten acts has matured to an eight-day community-wide local music, arts and cultural extravaganza.
More than 40 percent of the festival’s events are free admission and accessible to all-ages audiences.