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City of Austin Minnesota tourist attractions take you to southeast Minnesota about 12 miles north of the Iowa border...about 100 miles south of the Twin Cities. The town has a population of about 24,000.

Though once a primary rail center, Austin as we now know it was "born" when George Hormel opened his butcher shop.

Hormel went on to found Hormel Foods which produces the famous product, SPAM, and many more items.

Minnesota Tourist Attractions in the City of Austin:

  • ArtWorks Center  
  • Historic Hormel Home
  • Historic Paramount Theatre 
  • Hormel Nature Center
  • The Shooting Star Bike trail and Austin City trails connect for over 45 miles of paved biking trails.

Read reviews by other travelers of  things to do in Austin, Minnesota.

City of Austin Minnesota Festivals and Events

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Annual Festivals in Austin include:

  • February: Paint the Town Pink
  •  March: Austin Home and Vacation Show
  •  April: Taste of Nations
  •   June: SPAMTown Challenge
  •  July: Freedomfest
  • August: ArtWorks Festival
  • September: Fall HarvestFest
  •  October: Storytelling Festival
  •  November: Hormel Historic Home Tea
  •  December: MerryTuba Christmas.

Sports enthusiasts can watch the Austin Greyhounds amateur baseball league, golf at two local golf courses, cheer for the Austin Bruins Hockey Junior Hockey League, take in the races at Chateau Speedway,  and enjoy the fun at the Southern Minnesota Roller Derby.

The Cedar River is part of the DNR’s state water trail program and provides opportunities for canoeists and kayakers.

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"Minnesota isn't the state where the most Spam is consumed--that honor belongs to Hawaii--but Spam is to Minnesota what barbecue is to Texas; it's our Austin gift to the world." ~ Minnesota Curiosities, Russ Ringsak with Denise Remick

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From WCCO News, Minneapolis — It’s exactly what Spam lovers have been waiting for. The new and improved Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota opened this weekend.

As you may know, just six simple ingredients make up the 15 varieties of Spam. The new museum showcases them all and even dishes up samples.

The new space includes a world market to show Spam recipes from other countries.

There are also interactive videos and games. You can even race your friends to see who can make their Spam product the quickest.

“We do have a mix of old and new attractions. So I think individuals who have been to the old Spam Museum will still be intrigued and excited by what the new museum offers,” James Snee, president of Hormel Foods, said.

The museum is located in the heart of downtown Austin and it’s free to visit.

There is a big community celebration in July for Hormel’s 125th anniversary featuring The Band Perry.

Learn all you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about SPAM with a visit to the Spam Museum and Visitor Center.

Just to get your creativity jump-started, we have a page of SPAM Recipes.

Several of the attractions in the city of Austin have something to do with the Hormel family and Spam. You can tour the Historic Hormel home and visit the Hormel Nature Center.

More about the city of Austin Minnesota can be learned at the Mower County Historical Center. 

Hotels in Austin include the Holiday Inn, easily the best choice in town. The hotel offers a pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness room and domed putting green.

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State Parks Near Austin Minnesota

Myre Big Island State Park - How to Get to Myre-Big Island State Park:  Drive 3 miles south of Albert Lea on County Road 38.  

Nerstrand Big Woods State ParkHow to Get to Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park:  Drive 11 miles southeast of Northfield on Highway 246.   

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:   Sakatah Lake State Park Rice Lake State Park    

 For More Tips about what to see and do in the city of Austin Minnesota and the surrounding area, stop in at the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

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