Six Top Picks - What you must do while visiting Hastings
Spring 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
2nd Street, Hastings, MN
Hastings Historic Downtown, located on 2nd Street along the Mississippi River, is a must stop when visiting. Stroll antiques and boutiques or grab lunch at one of 6 great restaurants. Thirsty? The new Spiral Brewery offers excellent craft beer in a family friendly environment. Complete your experience with a stroll on the Hastings RiverWalk which runs along the Mississippi and offers stunning view of the river bluffs.
Visit The Vermillion Falls
215 21st St E, Hastings, MN 55033
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.
Relax At A Winery
Hastings is fortunate enough to have two top rated wineries.
Alexis Bailly 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..
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 in under the HWY 61 bridge on 2nd Street in downtown Hastings.
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 $1.00 ice cream cups.
St. Croix Valley Carpenter Nature Center is a short drive from Hastings downtown towards Prescott, WI Enjoy the scenic overlooks of the St. Croix River and visit the nature center where you can learn about plants, animals, and nature. Did you know Hastings is the FIRST official Bird City in MN? 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
Take A Walk Through History
Hastings Historic Walking Tour boasts 57 historic sites in the Hastings Area. Discover the rich history of Hastings on this self-guided tour that will take you to historic mansions, ruins, and buildings that date back to the 1800's. Maps for the Historic Walking Tour are located at The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, City Hall and The LeDuc Historic Estate.