It took long enough but spring is here! But it won't be long until it's summertime and the kids are out of school complaining that there is nothing to do. Well here are 25 fun and FREE things that you can do in the Owatonna area this spring and summer!

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    Go on the historic walking tour

    You can stroll through historic downtown and check out all the historic buildings from the 1890's to 1900's, you can even use this handy guide. 

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    Make new and lasting memories with a walk across the Morehouse Bridge

  • 3

    Catch the trees blooming at Kaplan's Woods

  • 4

    Plan on finding new local talent at the 11@7 Concert Series in Central Park

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    Take a picture with the Princess Owatonna statue

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    Take an audio tour at the Orphanage Museum

  • 7

    Finally start in on that New Years Resolution

    Go for a brisk walk or a jog on the Buxton and Muckle trails

  • 8

    Make a sand castle with your kids at Lake Kohlmier

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    Check out an exhibit at the Owatonna Arts Center

  • 10

    Go to the National Farmers' Bank to look at the architecture

  • 11

    Head over to the Eagles for the Thursday Night Cruise-in car shows

  • 12

    Go fishing in the Straight River

  • 13

    Take the family on a scavenger hunt with the family

    See who can find all four of Owatonna's downtown murals

  • 14

    Take a quick tour of the Owatonna Public Utilities building

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    Enjoy the Lumberjack Show at the Steele County Free Fair

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    Go birding in a local park

  • 17

    Swing by the Four Seasons Centre

    Take in one of the many trade shows or expos that take place inside at various times of the year

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    Grab a family picture at the Zamboni building downtown

  • 19

    Take a bike ride on the Kaplan's Woods Trail System

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    Walk the hexagonal stones at the Bennett House

  • 21

    Head to the Villiage of Yesteryear

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    Head to Cabela's with the kids to see the stuffed and mounted animals

  • 23

    Teach the kids to play disc golf

    Utilize Mineral State Parks Disc Golf Park

  • 24

    Go to the Owatonna Degner Regional Airport

    Watch the planes take off and land at the airport, you can even take a great picture at the sculpture right outside

  • 25

    Take out the family in a canoe or kayaks

    Rent or bring out a canoe or kayak and hit up the Straight River