Top 10 - What you must do while visiting Hastings
Fall is a great time to take a trip to Hastings. Whether you are visiting with your family, enjoying a girls day or spending time with friends; Hastings has a wide variety of activities to make an unforgettable experience.
Shop & Dine In Our Historic Downtown
Hit The Slopes
6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings, MN 55033
Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort offers 300 skiable acres, 48 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks. Located just North of Hastings, this ski resort has something for experts to beginners. Details at www.aftonalps.com
Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Area
26685 County Road 7 Blvd, Welch, MN 55089
Located just 20 minutes South of Hastings, Welch Village offers 140 acres of skiing in addition to a Terrain Park, food service, rental center, kids club, and Ski Link Learning Center. Details at www.welchvillage.com
Relax At A Brewery Or Winery
Hastings is fortunate enough to have a top rated winery and brewery.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard was the very first vineyard to make wine with 100% Minnesota grown grapes. Enjoy the day by having a picnic by the vineyard, taking a walk through their sculpture park, or playing a game of bocce ball. Open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m..
The Spiral Brewery’s mission is to brew community through quality beer and rich history and bring Hastings back to its brewing roots that were established in the 1800s. Spiral is a destination brewery and taproom that invites everyone to come join our community in Hastings and our larger craft brewery culture. The taproom is family friendly, so children of all ages can join the community.
Winter Biking Adventure
Hastings has 30 miles of paved bike trails including a 10 mile loop around the city! The 10 mile Scenic Circuit takes cyclists past several scenic and historic hot spots including the Vermillion Falls, Mississippi River bluffs, Lock & Dam and more. A perfect trailhead is located under the HWY 61 bridge on 2nd Street in downtown Hastings.
Visit The Vermillion Falls
Located off of HWY 61 in Vermillion Falls Park, this stunning waterfall stands 35 feet high. Unique from other MN water falls, the Vermillion Falls are located right in the center of town! It's easy to drive to and offers plenty of space for a picnic or Frisbee game.
Just a short walk west on the trail and you'll find the gorge bridge with a beautiful view of the Vermillion River. Further downstream along the path is the ruins of the Ramsey Mill.
Did you know Hastings is the FIRST official Bird City in MN? We are also only 5.6 miles from St. Croix Valley Carpenter Nature Center. Here you can enjoy the scenic overlooks of the St. Croix River and visit the nature center where you can learn about birds, other animals, plants, and nature. CNC protects 425 acres of wildlife habitat and also provides many educational opportunities in birding.
Discover more birding HOT SPOTS on our Bird Watching page
Tour A Historic Mansion
1629 Vermillion St, Hastings, MN 55033 - 651.437.7005
The Leduc Historic Estate is one of the last remaining examples of Gothic Revival residential architecture in the United States. Take a guided tour of this picturesque home and learn all about General William Leduc, his wife Mary and their four childern. After your tour, walk across the street to the Hastings Creamery. They have delicious cheese curds, milk and $1.25 ice cream cups.
Visit An Apple Orchard
Just north of Hastings in the St. Croix River Valley there are several apple orchards which allow guests to pick their own apples, berries and pumpkins. Most of the orchards offer fun family friendly activities and in October, they team up for the St. Croix River Valley Apple Fest!
Take A Walk Through History
Bird Watching At Lock & Dam #2
Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures are often seen soaring along the bluffs during the summer and bald eagles will often fish around the dam, especially in winter. Pelicans and other migratory waterfowl may be seen during migration.
Built between 1928 and 1930, Lock and Dam #2 is just one of the steps in the “stairway of water” on the Mississippi River that makes possible the travel of barges from St. Anthony to the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors to Lock and Dam #2 can visit the viewing platform and watch barge and pleasure craft lock through.