Visitors to the Wabasha-Kellogg area will be amazed at all there is to do as well as the many different ways to explore the area. One of the best ways to begin your visit is by stopping at the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber Office on Main Street. At the Chamber Office you will find everything there is to know about Wabasha and the surrounding area. The staff is amazing and can help you find whatever it is you desire in the area. Historic Walking Tour maps are available at no cost as well as travel planners, maps and much more. Just around the corner from the Chamber Office is the National Eagle Center, located right on the riverfront. Enjoy educational programs offered year round at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Meet live eagles and view wild eagles over the Mississippi River from their observation deck. If you are bringing a large group, call ahead. www.nationaleaglecenter.org
Next, take a trip down historic Main Street where you will find most of the 50 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Anderson House, or Herd House as it used to be called. The Anderson House recently reopened in 2012 by new ownership and currently only serves brunches seasonally. You can still rent a room, but there are no longer any cats to snuggle with you– call ahead for tours of the facility. As you travel down historic Main Street, you will find the Chocolate Escape, where you can experience the “Origins of Chocolate” mural while enjoying old fashioned chocolates, candies, ice cream and beverages. As you continue down Main Street, you will find Slippery’s Tavern, featured in the film Grumpy Old Men. Here you will find riverfront dining, an outdoor patio, gift shop and Grumpy & Grumpier Old Men playing on loop 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.
Interested in spending some time at one of our 12 city parks? Contact the AmericInn and have a bonfire at Beach Park with entertainment or an outdoor barbecue (minimum 30 people).
Take the short trip south on Highway 61 to Kellogg and become a kid again as you go back in time with Lark Toys. At Lark Toys you will find the largest hand-carved carousel in the U.S. as well as their own handmade heirloom wooden toys. With over 20,000 square feet to explore, they are one of the largest family owned and operated specialty toy stores in the country. Bus and tour groups are welcome to tour the facility at no charge and their 18-hole mini golf course is open when in season. www.larktoys.com Check out SVJ Creative Designs just past Lark Toys on Highway 42. SVJ offers manufacturing tours of their facility from mid-April through the end of October. SVJ specializes in concrete statuary, indoor and outdoor displays and garden paths from rock and sand. www.svjcreativedesigns.com