Discover the top things to do in Owatonna

Whatever brings you to Owatonna, the Country Inn & Suites puts you near the best things to do in the area, from exploring museums to outlet shopping. For winter visits, ride snowmobiles or go cross-country skiing at Rice Lake State Park. In summer, you can enjoy in-line skating and biking at spots like Kaplan’s Woods Parkway or visit the largest county fair in the state less than two miles from our hotel. Here with your kids? Check out the lazy river at River Springs Water Park or the tortoises at RAD Zoo. You can find bargains for you and your crew at nearby Ultra Outlets or take a day trip north to Mall of America®.

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Cabela’s

3.55 mi / 5.72 km from the hotel
Peruse the gun library, watch the fish in the aquarium, learn about wildlife management, and buy outdoor gear of all kinds at this retailer.

Historic Downtown Owatonna

0.82 mi / 1.32 km from the hotel
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Owatonna’s downtown is home to fascinating spots like the National Farmer’s Bank and the Zamboni Building. Pick up a walking tour brochure at the chamber of commerce or one of downtown's many boutiques.

Brooktree Golf Course

2.38 mi / 3.83 km from the hotel
Spend an afternoon on the lush greens of this 18-hole course, which runs along Maple Creek. Afterward, you can grab a bite to eat in the on-site restaurant and then relax with a drink on the patio.

Kaplan's Woods Parkway

0.45 mi / 0.73 km from the hotel
Pack a picnic to enjoy at this 225-acre city park near Lake Kohlmeier. Dedicated in 1987, the park offers opportunities to hike, bike, jog, ski, and fish.

Mall of America®

53.32 mi / 85.81 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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Ultra Outlets of Minnesota & More

6.07 mi / 9.76 km from the hotel
Find deals at a variety of outlet, factory, and clearance retailers, or pay a visit to RAD Zoo during your trip to Ultra Outlets of Minnesota & More.

Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum

0.54 mi / 0.87 km from the hotel
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.

Owatonna Arts Center

0.54 mi / 0.86 km from the hotel
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.

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo

2.55 mi / 4.1 km from the hotel
Home to more than 150 kinds of animals, 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.

Rice Lake State Park

8.98 mi / 14.45 km from the hotel
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 bird-watch in summer.

River Springs Water Park

2.48 mi / 3.99 km from the hotel
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.

Steele County Fairgrounds Park

1.42 mi / 2.28 km from the hotel
The fairgrounds are home to the largest county fair in Minnesota, which brings more than 100 food stands and more than 40 thrill rides to Owatonna every summer. You can also enjoy sports tournaments and picnics at the park year-round.