This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.
Welcome to Buffalo, Minnesota! This hidden gem, just 45 minutes west of Minneapolis/St. Paul, is known for its quaint historic downtown, lake beauty, and rural charm. Home of the original Occasional Shops, visitors are spellbound by over 20 shops offering occasional sales—some are open every Thursday through Saturday, while others operate only on the first Thursday through Sunday of each month (visit www.buffalo-mn.org for a detailed list of store hours). Curious? If your group enjoys hunting for upcycled, repurposed, vintage or antique furniture, home décor and more—plus a good array of fashion and accessories—then you won’t be disappointed! Make Buffalo your next destination.
10:00am – 3:00pm
Shop the 20+ stores on a walking stroll through all of downtown and its outskirts. Don’t forget Second Hand Rose (the original occasional store) or Buffalo Nickel and Waldon Woods Antiques—two barns you will see from Highway 55 as you enter town from the metro. Browse their collections of home furnishings, from custom designed pieces to true collectible antiques. (See all the wares on Facebook: Occasional Shops of Buffalo, Minnesota.) Looking for fun fashion? You’ll find all you need, from name brand women’s apparel to slightly used for all ages. Grab lunch at one of the local delis, where homemade soups and sandwiches await!
3 – 5:00pm
Sit outside on the deck and sample wines or craft beers at Buffalo Rock Winery, just east of town, or Hayes Public House Brewery & Taproom across from Buffalo Lake. Whether fruity or robust, dark or light, you will find something to delight your taste buds!
5 – 7:00pm
Choose from a variety of group-friendly restaurants for dinner. The Tavern at Wild Marsh is on beautiful Wild Marsh Golf Course on the south side of Buffalo Lake. You can’t beat the view and the menu boasts something for everyone, from steak and seafood to adult macaroni and cheese. Bunkers of Course on Buffalo Heights Golf Course is located just south of town and has a great burger menu in a more casual setting. There are three Mexican restaurants and a sushi/hibachi grill restaurant for those of you on the more daring side!
Catch a Buffalo Community Theater production, a Buffalo Community Orchestra concert, or enjoy a free concert at Concerts in the Park on Thursday nights all summer long! Sit on the shores of Buffalo Lake and hear tunes from classical to rock in the outdoor band shell. There’s no better way to end a summer day.
Enjoy the hot tub and comfortable rooms at the Country Inn & Suites. If your group enjoys crafting, book a weekend with Your Time Arts & Crafts Retreat, a house specifically set up for scrapbooking, knitting, quilting and more.
8:00am – 12:00pm
Start the day with a cup of coffee or tea at Buffalo Books & Coffee downtown, or other favorites like Starbucks, Dunn Bros, and Caribou. Looking for a creative way to see all the sights and sounds of Buffalo? Challenge your group to find all 23 of the life-sized buffalo statues that are uniquely decorated and situated all over town. They can be found in parks, museums, storefronts, and lobbies. Can you find the Buffalo Fish? The pink buffalo with the long eyelashes? Buffalo Roam maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Enjoy the hunt!
History buffs will love a tour of the Wright County Historical Society on the north side of Highway 25. With 8,000 square feet of gallery space, there is much to see and learn. Open daily Monday through Friday. The best part? It’s free!
Enjoy the color and bounty of locally grown food at the Farmers Market in downtown Buffalo, open Saturdays 8am to noon, from May through October. Find everything from baked goods to garden fresh vegetables and flowers, and maybe a musician or two to hear along the way!
12 – 2:00pm
Rent a pontoon, a paddleboat, or a canoe, or try your hand at paddleboarding at the Parkshore Pavilion on Buffalo Lake. If solid ground is more your style, enjoy a walk along the lake path in Sturges Park. Here you will see 11 large musical instruments to try your hand at making music! You can also choose to hit the greens at one of the two golf courses or go mini golfing at Huikko’s Entertainment Center.
Here in the fall? Enjoy picking your own apples and take a hayride at Deer Lake Orchard. Enjoy a hot caramel apple sundae or a slice of fresh baked apple pie. Then wash it all down with a tall glass of hard cider!
So many things to do, so much to experience, and warm people to greet you—all within an easy drive!
For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce at 763-682-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.