Explore Kaplan's Woods Parkway, Just Three Miles Away
Whether you’re in town for an event at the Steele County Four Seasons Centre or for 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 Kaplan’s Woods Parkway, a 225-acre green space with miles of hiking, biking and jogging trails. For winter visits, ride snowmobiles in Rice Lake State Park or go skiing at Buck Hill. Medford Outlet Center offers bargains less than seven miles away, and Mall of America is an easy day trip to the north. Traveling with kids? Check out the lazy river at the River Springs Water Park every summer, and don’t miss seeing the 12-foot American alligator named “Big Al” at the RAD Zoo.
- Steele County Free Fair (2.2 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (507) 451-5305
- Reptile & Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo (3 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (507) 455-1465
- River Springs Water Park (3.8 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (507) 774-7370
- Cabela's (4.4 miles)
Peruse the gun library, watch the fish in the aquarium, learn about wildlife management, and buy outdoor gear of all kinds at this retailer.
Phone: +1 (507) 451-4545
- Medford Outlet Center (6.8 miles)
Shop at more than two dozen outlet, factory and clearance retailers at Medford Outlet Center. Bring your receipt from the Country Inn & Suites to the GAP for a free gift and a coupon book.
Phone: +1 (507) 455-2042
- Mall of America (57 miles)
Mall of America is no ordinary shopping center. Shop at more than 400 retailers and restaurants, or spend the day exploring the mall’s flight simulator, theme park, aquarium, mirror maze and other attractions.
Phone: +1 (952) 883-8800
- Kaplan's Woods Parkway (2.5 miles)
Pack a picnic to enjoy this 225-acre city park near Lake Kohlmier. Dedicated in 1987, the park offers opportunities to hike, bike, jog, ski and relax.
Phone: +1 (507) 444-4321
- Rice Lake State Park (10 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (507) 455-5871
- Buck Hill (47 miles)
An adrenaline junkie’s paradise since the 1950s, Buck Hill offers great skiing and snowboarding every winter. During the summer, hop on a mountain bike or tube down an artificial snow surface.
Phone: +1 (952) 435-7174
- Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum (0.4 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (507) 774-7369
- Owatonna Arts Center (1 mile)
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.
Phone: +1 (507) 451-0533