RED WING, MINNESOTA

  • Pottery Museum of Red Wing – Explore one of the most important trades in the Red Wing, with history stretching back centuries. Learn about the importance of pottery in the city and see why so many people collect their particular pottery pieces! Pottery was a very historic industry in the city of Red Wing, dating back from 1877 to 1967. This museum opened in 2001 in the former Stoneware Company building, where crocks, jugs, churns, and other stoneware items were made between 1883 and 1930. The original building was 3000 square foot and could hold up to 1200 items. After the museum relocated across the street, they had access to 13,000 square feet which could hold much more. Many beautiful pieces of pottery were donated and displayed in the museum for their grand opening in 2014. View more than 6,000 unique pieces, all with different stories to tell.

  • Red Wing Pottery Showroom - Watch and interact with potters at work in the pottery studio of the as they wheel-throw and decorate their own pottery.

  • Sheldon Theatre - The country's first city-owned theatre, which showcases the best in arts and entertainment from Minnesota's heartland and beyond. The theater began in the early 20th century after Theodore B. Sheldon loaned an impressive $83,000 in trust to the City of Red Wing, with the hope that they would develop something that the public could benefit positively. When the doors first opened in 1904, the interior showcased beautiful arches, plaster sculptures, decorative paintings, and extreme detail all across. Over the years, through many economic hardships, the theater was slowly stripped of its ornate furnishings and details. Today, the theater has been fully restored to its original elegance.

  • Bush & Main Street’s Shopping District – Stop for a snack or a souvenir, visit the Native-American Store, UFFDA shop, and more. A must-see at this stop is the St. James Hotel where Clara will greet guests to share a story that can’t be missed.

  • St. James Hotel – Guests will be greeted by the hotel’s historical “Clara” in the main lobby of the grand hotel. Clara will guide you through the hotel, painting a picture of the history and art within for all guests. Learn her role in the hotel and the impacts she left for years to come. (Tours offered at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM) The hotel opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1875 and drew many businessmen in that wished for first-class lodging in the wheat-trading center of the world. The four-story Italianate structure was filled with beautiful furnishings, Brussels carpets, English velvet carpets, steam heat, hot and cold running water, gas on every floor, and a state-of-the-art kitchen! Then, hear about the history of Clara Nelson, a waitress hired at the St. James in 1914. It wasn’t long after she was hired that she learned she had much more talent than even she knew, as she slowly began to gain control of the kitchen and claim her position within the hotel and its history.

  • Red Wing Visitor Center and Art Association - Exhibits local artwork and shops.

  • Red Wing Marine Museum – This incredibly interesting museum is located in a fully-restored 1883 Red Wing building. The original building was the home of Red Wing Waterworks and fed the Red Wing Fire Department a clean supply of water. After a disastrous fire swept through the Diamond and the Red Wing Flour Mills, the town reassessed the importance of the building. Eventually a grant was given for $80,400 to implement a new water system and gas supply company, leaving the building abandoned until 2011. Now, the building hosts the Marine Museum which showcases the history of engines and boats. Exhibits include Steamboats, Sea Wing, Tug Boats, Riverboat History, Barge Industry, Red Wing Yacht Club History, Thorobred Marine Engines, and much more!

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INCLUDED TOUR

Red Wing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Red Wing, Minnesota was included on National Geographic Traveler’s list of most historic places in the world. Discovered in the early 1850’s, the lands were used mostly for harvesting wheat that would be transported on the river. Later in Red Wing’s history the economy began to flourish with the pottery industry, which became a main source of income between 1877 and 1967. Today, the city offers endless opportunities to travel back in time and learn about settlers and travelers that occupied the land before today, or to admire the craftsmanship and creativity of local artisans of both the past and the present.

Red Wing, Minnesota

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

On Eagle’s Wings

Wind through the streets of this iconic river town as our local guide explains the history of Red Wing while guests have the opportunity to see some of key sites throughout the port. Then, we will travel to Wabasha, Minnesota, the oldest city on the upper Mississippi River. Here we’ll visit the National Eagle Center for an unforgettable “nose to beak” experience with America’s National Symbol of Freedom—the American Bald Eagle. 

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4 hours

CAPACITY 75 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Sights of the Mississippi River

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Up-close view of American Bald Eagle, Observation deck overlooking the Mississippi River

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

Northbound, Southbound and Round Trip Voyages

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PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

Hidden Waters of the Mississippi: A Scenic Kayak Tour

Take to the waters as we embark on an adventure along the winding waters, into the vibrant heart of the natural and rich ecosystem of the Mississippi River Valley. Nature will be at our fingertips as we glide by waving green banks, beneath the swooping wings of eagles, and atop sky blue waters in your personal kayak. Paddle under the legendary and towering Barn Bluff, through twisted and secretive waters hidden from the main channel and to the views of Lake Pepin, the largest lake on the Mississippi River. Overflowing with biodiversity, this kayak adventure is a chance to engage in conversation about the river’s ecosystem, the wildlife along its banks, in the trees, and in the waters beneath our kayaks.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  3 hours

CAPACITY 19 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$99.00

TIMING

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Sights of the Mississippi River, Wildlife

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Barn Bluff, Lake Pepin, Mississippi River, Questions with a nature expert

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

Northbound, Southbound and Round Trip Voyages

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