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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Walnut Grove is the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder who shared her history through her “Little House Books”. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum consists of 7 buildings telling the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other pioneers to Walnut Grove. Visit us to research your families from the Walnut Grove area. Hours: June, July, & August Mon-Sun. 10-6, call for additional years round hours.

330 8th Street, Walnut Grove, MN 56180
Phone: 1-866-305-2872
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Lake Shetek State Park

The word “Shetek” is Ojibwe for “pelican,” a bird which visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall. The park contains the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota, which forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River.

Expect great fishing for walleye, northern, crappie, and bullheads. Loon Island, a 45-acre island on Lake Shetek, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail.

Visit the Koch Cabin and monument memorializing pioneer settlers. The park includes a swimming beach, boat launch, campgrounds and a scenic six-mile loop bicycle trail into the town of Currie. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available.

GEOCASHING

explorers use global positioning system (GPS) devices to search for hidden treasure caches. Find out where to find caches, where to get free loaner GPS kits, attend programs, and answer the Call of the Wildflowers through our geocaching adventure program.

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PAINTED PRAIRIE VINEYARD

Get away to Painted Prairie Vineyard for a unique, relaxing winery experience. Enjoy a casual day sitting back and enjoying the view of our family-owned vineyard. Surrounded by endless Minnesota prairie and marsh makes a lovely setting and home to our three varieties of grapes. From the vine to wine you will be amazed with the expertly crafted wines of Painted Prairie Vineyard.

 

1575 250th Avenue
Currie, MN 56123

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Alexander Ramsey Park

Winding streams, rock cliffs, two waterfalls, zoo, paved hiking trails & shelters.

Hwy. 19 (exit Grove St.) Redwood Falls, MN 56183
Phone: 800-657-7070
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Currie End-O-Line Railroad Museum

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This turn of the century working railroad yard and artifacts includes an operable 1901 turntable, a depot and several buildings housing displays of early railroad and pioneer items. See and hear a moving model-train display depicting early Currie. Children may ride a miniature train. Don’t miss the Hobo Art display that shows the means of communication by these early American wanderers. A bicycle/pedestrian paved trail connects the Railroad Park to Lake Shetek State Park.

440 N. Mill St. Currie, MN 56123
Phone: 507-763-3708
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Gilfillan Estate

Restored historic farm estate.
Hours: June to Labor Day. Sat. & Sun. 1:00pm-4:30pm.
Home of Farm Fest during the first week in August.

Hwy. 67 Morgan, MN 56270
Phone: 507-644-2490
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Jeffers Petroglyphs

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Over 2,000 ancient American Indian carvings on huge slabs of red quartzite rock on a highland prairie. New exhibit complex.

27160 Cty. Rd. 2 Comfrey, MN 56019.
Phone: 507-628-5591
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Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel

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Jackpot offers over 300,000 square feet of action with over 1650 video slot machines, 32 blackjack tables, bingo, pulltabs, 4 restaurants, 4 full-service bars, 40-unit RV Park, live entertainment every weekend, headline acts, outdoor Amphitheater, two hotels, childcare, convention center and meeting facilities, and an 18-hole championship golf course.

39375 Co. Hwy. 24 Morton, MN 56270.
Phone: 800-946-2274
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Lower Sioux Agency & Historic Site

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Interpretive center, trails & 1861 Warehouse tells the story of the Dakota people and 1859’s government agency.

32469 County Hwy. 2 Morton, MN 56270
Phone: 507-697-6321
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McCone Sod House

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See the prairie as Laura knew it with prairie grasses, wildflowers, a dugout and a soddy. Experience a sod house B&B.
Just 20 miles E of Walnut Grove

12598 Magnolia Ave. Sanborn, MN 56083
Phone: 507-723-5138
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Pipestone National Monument

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Sacred American Indian quarry & cultural center.
Hiawatha Pageant performed last two weekends in July and first weekend in Aug.

Hwy. 75&23, Pipestone, MN 56164.
Phone: 800-336-6125
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Redwood County Museum

Two story building houses 36 rooms each displaying exhibits from the past.
Hours: May 1 to Sept. 30. Thurs-Sun. 1:00pm-5:00pm
Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Hwy. 19 W. Redwood Falls, MN 56283.
Phone: 507-637-3329
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Wheels Across the Prairie Railroad Museum

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Displays artifacts from the pioneer days.
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Hwy. 14, Tracy, MN 56175
Phone: 507-629-3661
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Wahpeton Prairie

Remnant of tall grass prairie, oxbow pond and woods along Cottonwood River.

5 miles N. of Walnut Grove On Cty. 5, 1 mile E., ½ mile N.