Group Tours

Winona is the perfect place for a group

Groups large and small agree that Winona is an amazing place to discover thanks to its incredible scenery, innovative experiential tours, and endless number of ways to entertain yourself. Browse our Group Tour Guide here and then contact us at 507-452-0735 or info@visitwinona.com to customize your visit today!

You may already know about our world-class art museum, our national Shakespeare festival, and our charming old-world vibe. But did you know you can immerse your guests in a dairy farm experience, explore world class art and indulge in wine and appetizers on the banks of the Mississippi River, or help them experience the joy of paddling Mark Twain’s Mississippi? These and many other experiential group tours await you in Winona.

Our historic river city is conveniently located six miles from Interstate 90, cradled by towering limestone bluffs on one side and the Mississippi River on the other. But don’t let our boutique size of 27,000 fool you – Winona is hitting way above its weight class in terms of art and entertainment, with names like Picasso, Van Gogh, Tiffany, and Yo-Yo Ma gracing our halls and walls. A cultural mecca in the Midwest, we are home to a spate of signature festivals as well as year round arts and theater events that feature performers from around the nation and the world. Beautiful scenery, interesting folklore, and delicious local flavors top off the reasons why groups love to experience Winona. This is the kind of place people feel like they discover when they come, and most say we are surprisingly weird in a very good way.


For additional Group Tour information, itinerary planning and more, please contact the Visit Winona office at 507-452-0735.

 

EXPERIENCE Winona like you haven’t before

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Donut at Bloedow Bakery
  • Group Paddling at Lake Lodge Recreation Center
  • Cheesemaking and Dairy Tour at Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery, Dairy, and Honey
  • Camping and Paddling the Mississippi Backwaters at Prairie Island Campground
  • Rock or Ice Climbing the Bluffs with Big River Climbing Guides
  • History, Herstory, Ourstory: Preserving your Personal Past at the Winona County Historical Society
  • Cheers to Art: Happy Hour with the Masters at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum
  • Labyrinth Exploration at Kinstone Megalithic Garden
  • Taproom Tour and Tasting at Island City Brewing Company

 

Top Group Attractions in Winona

Minnesota Marine Art Museum
The MMAM, the region’s access to Monet and Picasso, is home to some of the best collections of art inspired by water. The Museum offers docent-led tours for a special rate to groups of 10 or more. (1 hour)

Watkins Headquarters and Museum/Store
Famous for its award winning vanilla and spices, this company dates back to 1868 when it purveyed the only health “remedies” that came with a money back guarantee. (45 minutes)

Winona County History Center
One of the largest county Historical Society Museums in Minnesota, it showcases artifacts of Winona and Winona County’s history including a stained glass window exhibit, and an award winning children’s exhibit. The new Laird/Norton addition has changing exhibits and a museum shop. (45 minutes)

Winona Tour Boat
Take a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River on the 64-passenger Winona Tour Boat. Snacks and beverages available for purchase on the boat. Weekend and Themed cruises available. (1.5 hours)

Polish Museum
Founded to preserve the rich Polish history of Winona, it houses Kashubian artifacts, family heirlooms, religious articles, folk art and more. Gift shop sells Polish items. (45 minutes)

WNB Financial and Merchants Bank
Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offer amazing architecture, and stained glass windows. Winona National Bank also displays a gun collection and African safari trophies of the bank’s original owners. (30 minutes each)

Step-on Guide Tour
The guide will explain Winona’s history and take you by these sites: Levee Park/Mississippi River, Court House, Library, historic downtown area, East End shotgun houses, Windom Park, Winona State University, Lake Park (Veteran’s Memorial, Rose Garden, band shell) Sugar Loaf, Garvin Heights Overlook (a magnificent view of Winona and the Mississippi River and beyond. On a clear day, you can see 20-30 miles up and down the river valley). (2-4 hours)

Willet Hauser Stained Glass Tour
Tour the Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Co. , a renowned stained glass window firm, and observe crafts people design and restore stained glass windows. (1 hour)