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Visit Wabasha Minnesota located along the Mississippi River. This beautiful Minnesota city is the home of the National Eagle Center.

Visit Wabasha Minnesota

Wabasha is the oldest city along the entire Mississippi River. It was named for Dakota Indian Chief Wa-pa-shaw. More than fifty buildings in Wabasha are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wabasha gained international fame when the movie, Grumpy Old Men, chose a house in the town as the setting for this story of two widowers.

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Eagle Watching from the eagle's nest lookout deck draws many visitors to Wabasha. The rapid river current in the Mississippi River here keeps the river free of ice in winter and makes this spot perfect for the eagles to catch fish.

November and December are the best months for eagle watching though you may see quite a few any time until March. Forty eagle pairs nest in the area so spotting eagles can happen any time of year.

The National Eagle Center offers interpretive programs, an eagle feeding program, and a gift shop.

The Eagle Center overlook of the river is a recommended stop on your Great River Minnesota Road Trip.

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Wabasha Minnesota Lodging

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Turning Waters Bed & Breakfast Inn (pictured) is one of the top lodging establishments in the area.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Wabasha and the Anderson House Hotel both get high reviews.

If you are traveling with a group, a vacation rental can be a good choice.

Read reviews of the six top lodging establishments and seven vacation rentals in Wabasha: Wabasha Minnesota Hotels and Bed & Breakfast Inns


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Visit Wabasha Minnesota Attractions

Soar with The Eagles Festival in March - During peak migration time, watch from the observation deck as eagles are soaring and fishing. Each weekend in March. 

Grumpy Old Men Festival Last Weekend in FebruaryIce fishing contest, ice shacks n’ Plaid Parade, cribbage tournament, bingo, minnow races, Annual Grumpy Plunge and a hot dish luncheon round out the festivities.

Riverboat Days - Last Weekend in July

Historic Wabasha Christmas Tour

Coffee Mill Ski Area - (99 Coulee Way, Wabasha). Located on the Mississippi River, this Minnesota ski resort has spectacular views of the river valley and the longest vertical drop in the area. Call 651-565-2777.

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Houseboat Vacations - Great River Houseboats offers unique houseboat adventures on this part of the river. Fish, swim and observe area wildlife. 

No Mosquitoes! Well hardly any. The terrain in the Wabasha area is primarily limestone and sandstone and there are no lakes or other standing water where mosquitoes breed. The fast moving river and streams don't allow these biters to breed. Expect very little buzzing!

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Wabasha Area Side Trips

Lark Toys - When you visit Wabasha Minnesota, stop in Kellogg  -  a tiny town with a big attraction. Promoted as "one of the world's greatest  toy stores" this family owned store attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The owners began by creating wooden toys in their garage. The toys began to be sold by major retailers however the family eventually decided to open their own toy store. What is now the largest independent toy store in North America sells the handmade wooden toys that made them famous and, as well, board games, wind-up toys, Russian nesting doll sets, and chemistry sets. For $2.00 your child can ride the Lark Carousel, on one of the hand-carved animals like an otter or a goldfish. There is a restaurant on the premises and also a miniature golf course.

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Visit Wabasha Minnesota Area State Parks

John A. Latsch State Park - Climb 450 feet through the forest up the Riverview Trail to, of course, get amazing views of the Mississippi River. The park is named in honor of a Winona area business man who spent more than 2 million dollars to acquire the land that became this beautiful park.

Whitewater State Park - This park is adjacent to the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area. The land was set aside as a state park to preserve the beauty of the land that had been severely impacted in early years by poor farming practices. This is one of the state's best bird-watching areas.

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