Plan a day trip with help from the Red Wing Visitors Bureau

Whether your “home base” is Red Wing or somewhere nearby, an unforgettable day trip is within reach. Visitors planning to travel solo, with family, someone special, or a group are invited to contact the Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau for help with creating a fun-filled itinerary that ranges from relaxed and restoring to rugged and rejuvenating!

History and architecture buffs will enjoy the city’s Victorian homes, historic buildings, hotels, and landmarks, including the train depot and turn-of-the-century municipal theater.
The Goodhue County History Center offers a look into the area’s past, including Native Americans who lived in the area and the impacts of the pottery, shoe manufacturing, and agricultural industries on the city and state and more.
Red Wing’s scenic location is perfect for a Great River Road Fall Color Tour or a Mississippi Ramble to see bald eagles, tundra swans, and other birds depending upon the time of year.
Visitors seeking a more adventurous day trip from Red Wing can bike the Cannon Valley Trail, golf, rock climb, or mountain bike, all while taking in scenic bluff views and vistas.
River enthusiasts can spend a day sailing on Lake Pepin, fishing, or watch the famous paddle boats American Queen, Mississippi Queen, and Queen of the Mississippi coming up the river.
No visit to Red Wing is complete without spending at least a little bit of time shopping the city’s unique boutiques, galleries, and antique stores!










Plan Your Day in Red Wing

With so much to do, see, and experience, it’s no wonder visitors return time and time again to enjoy all that Red Wing has to offer. Whether travelers are planning a winery tour, an outdoor adventure, a romantic getaway, a cultural experience, or a family trip, Red Wing becomes more than just a travel stop–it becomes a destination! Explore the sample agendas below to help you get started planning your next trip, or use them to launch your own personal travel itineraries. Consultants at the Red Wing Visitors Center, as well as local business representatives, eagerly invite you to the City of Red Wing and are happy to assist you with your travel planning.

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Broken Paddle Guiding

Red Wing – Wabasha – Winona – Maiden Rock – Stockholm – Pepin – Alma
Experience the wild waters and natural quiet and beauty of the Mississippi River’s tributaries and old-growth floodplain forests via kayak or stand-up paddle board while learning about the river’s ecosystem. Offering daily guided tours and lessons. All are welcome; no experience needed. (Did we mention eagles?!)

Cannon Valley Trail

825 Cannon River Avenue
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
The Cannon Valley Trail runs 19.7 miles from Red Wing to Cannon Falls and attracts close to 100,000 visitors annually. The Trail includes natural and cultural resources, scenic view sheds, rest areas, hiking, biking, in-line skating, and cross country skiing. Wheel Pass required.

*Didn’t bring a bike to Red Wing? No problem! The St. James Hotel is now offering public bike rentals. Call 651-388-2846 to inquire about hourly, daily, and weekly rental opportunities.

Goodhue County Historical Society

1166 Oak Street
Established in 1869, Goodhue County Historical Society is the first county historical society in Minnesota. Visitors can find exhibits and a full-service research library, and enjoy programs detailing Goodhue County’s rich and vibrant history. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM and Sunday 12PM – 4PM. Winter hours (October – April): Tuesday – Friday 9AM – 5PM and Saturday 9AM – 3PM. Closed Monday and holidays.

Hobgoblin Music / Stoney End Harps

920 Hwy 19 Boulevard
There’s something for everyone at Hobgoblin–peruse our antique instrument museum, visit our workshop and watch Stoney End folk harps being made, enjoy a live performance in our music loft, host an event! Sales of Celtic instruments, books, accessories, and more.

Mississippi National Golf Links

South side of Red Wing off Hwy 61
409 Golf Links Drive
Mississippi National has two 18-hole golf course with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River Valley and can handle your golfing needs from a casual game to tournaments. We have beautiful banquet facilities, gourmet chef, full bar, patio, and gazebo for any event from weddings to parties and corporate meetings or just come for a meal. Looking forward to seeing you!

Mount Frontenac Golf Course

32420 Ski Road
Frontenac, MN 55026
9 miles south of Red Wing on Hwy 61
Mount Frontenac is a breathtaking 18-hole golf course that overlooks the beautiful Mississippi River bluffs and Lake Pepin. Don’t forget about our beautiful clubhouse for hosting your next event or corporate meeting! Gourmet chef and full bar available.

Ole Miss Marina

Bay Point Park location: 1429 Levee Road (river mile 791.5)
Colvill Park location: 480 Nymphara Lane (river mile 788.5)
Marina manager: 651-764-0247
Gas dock: 651-388-8643
With 284 seasonal and transient slips available and 2 locations to choose from, Ole Miss Marina is the largest marina in Red Wing. It is conveniently located only 20 miles from the St. Croix River and 6 miles from Lake Pepin. Gas dock, restrooms, and public ramps on-site. Winter storage options also available.

Red Wing Area Farmers Market

Summer Market (Saturday): 420 Levee Street at the historic train depot 8AM – 1PM
Summer Market (Sunday-Friday): 4th St. & Bush St. in front of City Hall 8AM – sold-out
Winter Market (Saturday): 3352 N Service Drive (inside Sargent’s Greenhouse) 9AM – 12PM
Find locally-grown food, fresh bakery, and artisan crafts in Red Wing throughout the year! June – October 8AM – 1PM, our large outdoor Saturday market at the depot is bustling with vendors, music, food trucks, and kids activities, as well as offering EBT/SNAP. Sunday – Friday we are set up outside City Hall. Our market moves inside the greenhouse at Sargent’s Nursery from November – April on Saturday 9AM – 12PM.

Red Wing Golf Course

1311 W Sixth Street
Open to the public! Our course provides an enjoyable and challenging experience for all levels of play. Enjoy a meal at the Brassie Spoon open 8AM – 10PM during regular golf season. Check out our newly renovated banquet hall.

Red Wing Marina

918 Levee Road
Dock right on the channel of the mighty Mississippi River! While known for their “caboose” which houses their showers and restrooms, the Office Store and social dock are the hub of the marina. Enjoy the friendly people or take in the nearby Red Wing restaurants, hotels, and bike trail. Open Sunday-Thursday 9AM -6PM and Friday-Saturday 9AM -8PM.

*The Red Wing Marina is now offering a 13-passenger pontoon rental. Call today to inquire about how you can bring your small group out for a day upon the Mississippi River!

Red Wing Water Park

480 Nymphara Lane
Pool: 651-388-9234
Weather: 651-385-4569
Community Recreation: 651-385-4565
Red Wing Water Park is located within beautiful Colvill Park on the banks of the scenic Mississippi River (1.5 miles south of downtown Red Wing). Red Wing Water Park is the largest water park in the region with hundreds of feet of water slides, a zero-depth pool, a sand beach area, diving boards, a kiddie pool, and a full concession stand. Open daily June 11 – August 21 12PM – 7 PM.

Sail Pepin

400 First Street
Pepin, WI 54759
Daily departures for afternoon, sunset, and starlit sailboat rides, plus sailing instruction, corporate/youth teambuilding programs, and weddings, family, and business events on beautiful Lake Pepin. Located on Pepin’s charming waterfront.

Sheldon Theatre

443 West Third Street
Built in 1904, this historic performing arts theatre showcases music, dance, drama, and children’s performances throughout the year. Box office hours are Wednesday 1PM – 6PM and Thursday – Saturday 12:30PM – 5PM. For 24/7 online ticket sales and event listings, please visit our website.

Welch Village

26685 County Road 7 Boulevard
Welch, MN 55089
Local: 651-258-4567
Metro: 651-222-7079
One of the largest ski and snowboard destinations in the Midwest, Welch Village has 2 chalets, 10 chairlifts, the SkiLink Performance and Learning Center, and 60 trails overlooking the Cannon River Valley. Alpine skiing and snowboarding November-March, family gatherings/weddings off-season.

couple2Let Red Wing add its charm to your plans for romance! Retreat to one of our quaint B&Bs or the historic St. James Hotel and allow yourselves to be swept away by the elegance and intimacy of the Victorian Era. Our local wineries, chocolatiers, and florists will be happy to assist you in creating the perfect atmosphere. Stroll together through our quaint downtown, exploring the antique shops, galleries, cafes, and city parks along the way. Or perhaps you’ll spend your day together exploring the bluff summits, spellbound by the same vistas which once inspired the famous writer Henry David Thoreau. Whether your adventure together takes you through the town or through the nature trails, a massage at Refined Skin Medi-Spa is the perfect way to continue your romantic retreat together. As the sun goes down, you’ll enjoy dining and entertainment opportunities, such as live music at one of our local pubs or a theater production at the historic Sheldon Theatre, affectionately referred to as the “Jewel Box of Red Wing.” Let Red Wing become your destination for romance, and you just may find yourself returning time and time again!

Dining Out
Wineries & Breweries
Live Performances
Gifts from the Heart
Water Cruise
Museums & Galleries
6248-Mural-IIOur dynamic artistic and cultural scene offers something for everyone. With a wide spectrum of subjects, media, styles, and eras, Red Wing captures the attention of all types of enthusiasts. Visit a gallery exhibit, tour a museum, catch a theater production, listen to live music, walk the streets lined with architectural attractions, savor the creations of local chefs, brew masters, and wine makers, and enjoy a distinctive hospitality experience by staying in one of our quaint B&Bs or at the one-of-a-kind historic St. James Hotel. Explore the links below to begin planning a visit to enjoy the artistic and cultural scene in Red Wing. In fact, you may need to plan two visits so you don’t miss a thing!
Dining Out
Museums & Galleries
Live Performances / Festivals
River Culture

No boys allowed! From traditional retreats to full-throttle adventures that redefine “feminine,” women will find Red Wing the perfect place to celebrate their bonds. We’ve organized a few sample itineraries to get you and your gal-pals started!


Bachelorette Escape
Mother-Daughter Retreat
Gutsy Girls Getaway
Glamour Girls Getaway
Free Recreation