Stay active with a variety of things to do near St. Olaf College in Northfield

Situated about five minutes from both Carleton College and St. Olaf College, the Country Inn & Suites, Northfield, MN provides comfortable rooms and suites for families, students, and alumni visiting the area. When you’re not on campus, you can take a stroll along the picturesque Cannon River or head to the historic downtown area to explore the quaint stores and art galleries. Looking for things to do outdoors? Wander beautiful Cowling Arboretum, or make the 20-minute drive to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, which offers wildflower gardens, waterfall hikes, and winter snowmobile rides. For a great day trip, explore the bustling Twin Cities about 45 minutes north of the hotel.

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St. Olaf College

1 mi / 1.6 km from the hotel
Founded in 1874, this private liberal arts college prides itself on a vibrant Lutheran tradition. The beautiful 300-acre campus is powered by its own wind turbine and uses 100% carbon-free electrical power.

Carleton College

0.53 mi / 0.85 km from the hotel
This private liberal arts school is home to a music hall, an art gallery, and a student-run pub. Carleton College also offers several varsity sports, so make plans to attend a sporting event and cheer on the Knights.

Falconer Vineyards

28.9 mi / 46.51 km from the hotel
Follow up your tour of one of Minnesota's most picturesque wineries with a visit to the Vineyard Bistro for a wood-fired pizza and a glass of award-winning wine.

Downtown Northfield

0.1 mi / 0.16 km from the hotel
Explore historic downtown Northfield, home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries that exude a unique charm you can’t find in a big city.

Mall of America®

27.81 mi / 44.75 km from the hotel
Revolutionize your shopping experience at one of the world’s largest malls, which features more than 500 stores. This famous retail destination also offers a variety of entertainments such as a theme park, mini golf, and an aquarium.
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Minnesota Zoo

21.56 mi / 34.69 km from the hotel
Set out on an adventure into the wild with more than 4,500 animals to visit. Home to areas such as a lush tropical forest, a marine center, and an animal farm, this zoo is also a leader in conservation.

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

8.38 mi / 13.49 km from the hotel
Explore the waterfalls, wildlife, and gardens of this gorgeous 2,900-acre park. During the spring, you have the rare opportunity to admire the dwarf trout lily, an endangered wildflower. In the winter, go on a snowshoe or snowmobile adventure.

Northfield Historical Society

0.19 mi / 0.3 km from the hotel
Discover local history through guided tours and museum exhibits housed in a bank Jesse James and his gang once tried to rob.

Cannon River Wilderness Area

5.62 mi / 9.04 km from the hotel
Situated on approximately 850 acres, this wooded park features hiking and horseback trails, four primitive campsites, and a canoe launch point into the Cannon River.

Cowling Arboretum

1.05 mi / 1.69 km from the hotel
An extension of Carleton College, this restored 800-acre prairie and wetlands area offers a 15-mile trail system, exciting educational experiences, and the opportunity to enjoy nature at its finest.