What to do

Check out these fun activities for every age, ability, schedule, and budget. Some people like to swim but others prefer hiking. Maybe you want to take classes or learn a new skill. No matter what you like to do, Red Wing has something for you.


Not sure what to do? Use the filter below to pick a season. After that, scroll to find things you might like to try. I you’re used to walking, try hiking a route, or maybe taking a bicycle or kayak out. After all, there are plenty of things to do in beautiful Red Wing!


Do you want to get active right away? If so, check out the walk, bike, or hike tabs. Also, if you are looking for paved paths, click on roll. Another option is to play in the park with the kids? Perhaps you want to find a place to camp near Red Wing. Maybe you’re looking for more adventurous things to do? If so, try to rock climb or disc golf.


Did you know?

  • Barn Bluff is one of the best spots in Minnesota for rock climbing.
  • As a result of our mini-grant program, LHRW helped bring brand new disc golf pads to Memorial Park. Due to this support, disc golf is better than ever!
  • There are 39 public parks in Red Wing. So find the one closest to you!


Still not sure what to do? Try searching below.

what to do in red wing

Here in Red Wing, we have many things to do for all ages. However, with so many options it can be hard to pick one thing! You can talk a short walk, a long hike, or an afternoon paddle through the Mississippi River backwaters. So, check out our favorite ways to get active and explore Red Wing, Minnesota.


what to do: walk

While Red Wing has many fantastic walks, our favorite is heading downtown. Red Wing has one of the best downtowns in Minnesota, because of our historic buildings, great businesses, and great places to walk. So, why not spend an afternoon off exploring the lively businesses and stunning scenery? Finally, finish the day off by popping into Mandy’s for a coffee or cold drink.


what to do: hike

Perhaps you want to try something more challenging. If so, give the most breath-taking route in Red Wing a chance! Head to Barn Bluff and hike up the historic staircase all the way to the west overlook. If you’re not too tired, head across the bluff to the east overlook. You’ll find some of the best views of the area around. Trust us!


what to do: get involved

Finally, get involved with a few of our favorite local groups for kids.

If you’re looking to connect your kids to the outdoors, check out the ELC. They have been inspiring kids to grow into confident adults for decades. The ELC offers a multi-year program that matches each child’s ability and age. For example, kids start learning the basics of camping before going on week-long backpack trips. As they grows and learn more, they are given more skills to try. In fact, students who graduate from this program often cite the ELC for their perseverance for challenges like college and beyond.

If you’re looking for the whole family, try the local YMCA. The YMCA offers tons of classes, lessons, and opportunities to get healthy. From swimming to rock climbing, and everything in-between, the YMCA has something for you. You’ll also connect with your neighbors and meet an active community that calls the Y home.