Okay, Minnesota families. If you are looking for mini-getaway for MEA weekend, or for any other weekend or time of year…I have a great suggestion for you. Austin, Minnesota!
Austin is about 90 minutes directly south of the Twin Cities, and is probably best known for being home to Hormel Foods and the famous SPAM Museum.
I had been wanting to take the kids to the SPAM Museum for a long time, but I was also curious what else was in the area. After checking out the “Discover Austin, Minnesota” website, I learned there was actually a lot to see – enough for at least a whole weekend! Plus, everything was either FREE (like the SPAM Museum) or very affordable!
And for various reasons, Austin sounded like an ideal place to go for a little getaway during this pandemic. It’s a small town, all their major attractions are open but practicing social distancing, and they have a beautiful nature center to visit with many trails to explore.
So our family decided to head down there for a weekend getaway, and it was the perfect, affordable destination for us.
We headed to Austin early in the morning, arriving around 10:00am. We headed directly to downtown Austin, which was very quiet and peaceful. We walked around and explored, checking out the statue of George Washington and the veterans memorial.