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Museum in Southern Minnesota

Spam Museum

The entire museum is devoted to the peculiar meat. It educates on how the blue tins have fed armies, become a Hawaiian food staple and inspired legions of haiku writers. What's more, you can chat to the staff (aka '…
Cafe in Stillwater

Oasis Cafe

The Oasis is a greasy-spoon classic. Scoot into a turquoise booth (mind the duct tape) and fork into a haystack (aka hash browns filled with ham, cheese and veggies). The cafe slings breakfast all day, along with bu…
Museum in Southern Minnesota

National Eagle Center

Located in Wabasha, where a large population of bald eagles congregates each winter, the interpretive center has interactive displays about the big birds of prey. It's also home to five rescued eagles that you'll me…
Cafe in Lanesboro

Pedal Pushers Cafe

The vintage, homey cafe is a favorite of cyclists, thanks to its beyond-the-norm comfort food. Meatballs with lingonberry sauce, chicken potpie and kimchi pork hit the tables alongside local tap beers. Gluten-free a…
Food in Southern Minnesota

Bauer’s Market

Hardy Bauer’s Market is open year-round selling local produce as well as garden supplies and gifts – say, a fish-toting gnome or giant mushroom – many painted by a local artist.
Monument in Southern Minnesota

World's Largest Ball of Twine

It's in Darwin, 60 miles west of Minneapolis on Hwy 12. OK, so there are three other Midwest twine balls also claiming to be the largest, but Darwin maintains it has the 'Largest Built by One Person' – Francis A Joh…
Museum in Southern Minnesota

World's Largest Ball of Twine Museum

Located beside the big twine ball, the museum tells its backstory and has a fun gift shop.