Top 10 Things to do in Austin, United States

July 22, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Austin is a city in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 24,718 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mower County. The town was originally settled along the Cedar River and it has two artificial lakes called East Side Lake and Mill Pond. The town was named for Austin R. Nichols, the first settler in the area.
Restaurants in Austin

1. Spam Museum and Visitor Center

101 3rd Ave NE, Austin, MN 55912-3442 +1 800-588-7726
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4.5 based on 477 reviews

Spam Museum and Visitor Center

The newly built, 14,000 square foot museum features 9 SPAMtastic galleries with interactive games and photo opportunities. Admission is free to all visitors.

Reviewed By Wagonwheelers - Brighton, Colorado

Who would guess Spam could be so entertaining? But first, you have to find this place--GPS took us to Hormel and you'd think the Spam can topping a street sign would be it but nope, it's downtown Austin, south a few blocks from the Hormel corporate offices.

It's completely amusingly entertaining-quirky as it gets. Find your height in Spam cans, 'fill a Spam can" and compare it to the number manufactured in the time you took (score--me one, Hormel 300) and learn the truth about Spam during WW2. ( The government passed off knockoffs as the real thing). Different Spams for different countries and if you really want to impress your family when you get home, buy a can of the Filipino version at the gift shop.

2. Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912-4104 +1 507-437-7519
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Home to over 10 miles of hiking trails that take visitors through over 500 acres of prairies, wetlands and forests. An observation tower provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding preserve. The Interpretative Center offers a variety of displays, hands on exhibits and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Live educational animals allow visitors to get up close to some exciting native species. The Childhood Room features a library, puzzles, games and a great view of the bird feeders. The Jay C Hormel Nature Center offers ski and snow shoe rental in the winter, kayak and canoe rental in the summer and many special events year-round.

Reviewed By Larry P - Fargo, North Dakota

We walked here on Thanksgiving and again the next day. There were very few other walkers. We loved the tall prairie grasses and the variety of landscapes we could walk through.

3. Hormel Historic Home

208 4th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912-3036 +1 507-433-4243
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Hormel Historic Home

Built in 1871 The Hormel Historic Home strives to preserve the Home and History of the George A. and Lillian Hormel Family. Today, it serves as a house museum and Peace Garden along with a 250 seat Carriage Hall Event Center. Our house museum is open to the public Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm. Adults are $5 per person and children are free. We feature a kid-friendly tour and scavenger hunt.

Reviewed By Cassie070707 - Austin, Minnesota, United States

Everything about this home is enchanting, the grounds outside to every detail that has been meticulously maintained inside. My best friend will be having her wedding here, and I am beyond excited for the event! The charm of the home is going to make decorating a simple joy.

I genuinely recommend anyone visiting or living in Austin stop by for a self guided tour!

4. Sweet Reads

406 N Main St, Austin, MN 55912-3310 +1 507-440-7046
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5 based on 16 reviews

Sweet Reads

Reviewed By mrt1955 - Healdsburg, California

Meandered in here after visiting the Spam Museum across the street and what a treat!

They have the world's largest collection of Berenstain Bears memorabilia which is super cool.

They have vintage candies and an interesting selection of books.

But what really makes this are the people...some of the nicest folks we encountered. Super friendly and really made us feel at home!

5. St. Augustine's Catholic Church

405 4th St NW, Austin, MN 55912-3065 +1 507-437-4537
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

St. Augustine's Catholic Church

Reviewed By CATTSAR - Provincetown, Massachusetts

This is a great architectural piece of art. It is a magnificent and imposing structure. The two spires dominate the immediate skyline. It was built in the mid nineteenth century in honor of St. Augustine of Hippo. The inside with its arched ceiling is breathtaking. The church is done in Gothic Revival. The stain glass windows are each a work of art. For anyone with an interest in architect, religion or art this is worth some time if you are in the area.

6. Buffy The Cow

12th St. SW, Austin, MN 55912
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Buffy The Cow

Reviewed By scottm2020 - Hibbing,Mn

But if in the area, why not? Only slight problem was my gps failed me and so we found Bessie, the old fashioned way, common sense and with a map!

7. Austin ArtWorks Center

300 N Main St, Austin, MN 55912-3406 +1 507-434-0934
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Austin ArtWorks Center

Reviewed By Eileen C - Austin, Minnesota

This is a new attraction in town - and what a great addition! The ArtWorks Center now occupies one of the historical buildings downtown, and provides not just gallery for art displays, but also classes and facilities for classes in painting, clay work, carving, and more! The first floor also has a great selection of art pieces for sale if you want to add to or start your own collection. Austin is blessed with a great many local artists who play a part in this facility, whether as exhibitor or instructor, and the Center will also be featuring displays from guest "collectors" - can hardly wait to see other's treasures! The schedule of classes is just starting to fill out and up, and special classes or events can be arranged. And of course, this is a big part of the annual Austin ArtWorks Festival which takes place every August. Austin just keeps getting better!

8. Torge's Live Sports Pub & Grill

1701 4th St NW, Austin, MN 55912-1803 +1 507-433-9403
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5 based on 7 reviews

Torge's Live Sports Pub & Grill

Torge's has the best in regional entertainment and the coldest beer in Austin, MN! For great food and drink specials, 22 flat screen HD TV's, a large outdoor patio with heaters and fire pit, and live music, Torge's Live Sports Bar and Grill is the choice for you. Stop in and see Austin's best nightclub!

Reviewed By lavenderfarm100 - Stillwater, Minnesota

This was our evening entertainment while in Austin for a conference. Karoke was a blast. A number of locals who must entertain regularly, along with conference attendees. Often one would sing back up for the other. Great laughs and beer.

9. Healing Palms Spa

313 N Main St, Austin, MN 55912-3407 +1 507-434-4046
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Healing Palms Spa

Reviewed By astraykat - Bimini

I accidentally stumbled on this day spa on my way to another place for a pedicure. The woman at the front desk was very accommodating of my walk-in and was able to squeeze me in for a great spa pedicure. The rest of the staff I encountered was super friendly and sweet, the selection of services is quite extensive for such a small town. I was very impressed with their selection of locally made lotions and scrubs, as well as beautiful jewelry. Make this a stop on your way through Austin.

10. Greibroks Mini History Farm

Five miles South of Oakland, County Rd. 34, Austin, MN +1 507-433-4880
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Greibroks Mini History Farm

This 40-room farmhouse houses a collection of 700 mini tractors, trucks, trains, airplanes and other toys.

Reviewed By Steven S - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Took my son here and could not believe all the toy tractors, cars, bicycles, dolls, and much more!! The 90 year young lady who live there gave us the tour and was very nice and informative. I would recommend calling first before you visit since this is at a residence and tours may be limited.

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