Red Wing welcomes you to the “Big Turn” in the mighty Mississippi river. Known as the sharpest bend in the river for commercial traffic, Red Wing’s riverbank draws in residents and travelers year-round. From the beautiful bluffs, abundance of outdoor activities, historic sites, and world-famous boots, Red Wing offers a one-of-a-kind experience! Whether you are searching for water activities or a tranquil setting, there is entirely too much to see and do in just one day.
The majestic waterway that divides the town from its neighboring state of Wisconsin is the home to an abundance of wildlife. Pack your binoculars as you will encounter bald eagles, blue herons, egrets, gulls, and bank swallows.
If you are looking to relax and take in nature, beautiful parks surround all the marinas. Just south of Bay Point Park, the city’s historic Boat House Village is stowed away behind Red Wing Marina (the caboose). The Red Wing Yacht Club, which features a grouping of privately owned boat houses, has provided limitless inspiration for artists and photographers over the years. Adventure enthusiasts will love hiking Barn Bluff or biking the Cannon Valley Trail.
A shopper’s paradise
Make time during your trip to walk blocks of Red Wing’s family-owned and -operated boutiques. The “down-home” shopping experience draws you in for hours. Whether you are seeking unique souvenirs or looking for athletic apparel, there is something for everyone. Thrift-seekers always find treasures at the various second-hand and antique stores located within the historic Pottery Place building on Old West Main Street.
Dine and drink
If you’re feeling hungry, Red Wing has options. Make arrangements for a “to-go” order from one of the local restaurants and enjoy a beautiful dining experience on a pontoon rental boat or at one of Red Wing’s many parks. Or, grab a cold, tasty microbrew and fun branded swag at Red Wing Brewery. Expand your journey further with a delightful glass of locally handcrafted wine at the Falconer Vineyards.
Red Wing is also abundant with local art and learning experiences, from admiring outdoor sculptures to stopping by a local art gallery. Your visit can include visiting some of the area’s arts organizations—try Red Wing Arts, located within the Train Depot, Artisan Collective on Old West Main, or Art Reach, which can be found on Third Street. Plus, don’t leave Red Wing without taking a quick selfie with the “World’s Largest Boot” at the Red Wing Shoe store.
Looking to spend the night? All the comfort and amenities await your arrival, including Red Wing’s many lodging facilities. Make your visit worth it and plan accordingly by referencing Red Wing’s 2020 Visitor Guide.