Come One, Come All to Northfield

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

Along the scenic bank of the Cannon River, lies charming Northfield, Minnesota. With its 150 years of history, art, culture and education, Northfield offers something for everyone.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Start your morning off in Northfield at the beautiful Japanese Garden located at Carleton College. Ancient rocks support the frame of this garden that was designed by Dr. David Slawson in 1974. The garden is said to embody a philosophy of fulfillment found in harmony and tranquility of body, mind and spirit.

12 – 1:00pm
Spend lunch at the Hogan Brothers’ Acoustic Café. Specializing in hot hoagie sandwiches, honey-cracked wheat bread and a signature sauce, groups will find something tasty!

1 – 3:00pm
Also located at Carleton College is the Goodsell Observatory. The building, constructed in the late 1890s, houses three telescopes—all over 110 years old. Both the 8” and 16” telescopes can be used during open house hours.

3 – 5:00pm
Get outdoors at the Cowling Arboretum this afternoon! Hike, run, ski, fish or simply enjoy the outdoors with this upland and lowland forest that includes a 150-acre prairie providing excellent bird and wildlife watching. In the winter, trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.

Check into your hotel and get ready for dinner at one of Northfield’s many group friendly restaurants.

10:00am – 12:00pm
This morning starts out with a walk through the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. With several activities offered each season, groups will enjoy one of the last extensive stands of the “big woods.”

12 – 1:00pm
Dive into India for lunch. Chapati serves a selection of traditional Indian dishes as well as several of their own creation. All dishes are made with freshly ground herbs and spices and contain no MSG.

1 – 3:00pm
History awaits you this afternoon at the Northfield Historical Society & Museum. Experience life as it was in the 1800s. The museum preserves the site that was once the bank that the James-Younger gang attempted to rob in 1876.

3 – 6:00pm
Take a tour through the many historic sites in Northfield. Tours include landmarks such as the Archer House, the Scriver Building, the Grand Event Center and more.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Northfield CVB at 507-645-5604 or online at

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