Top 10 Attractions in the Willmar Lakes Area in 2017

If you find yourself wondering “what should I stop to see if I’m in the Willmar Lakes Area?”, wonder no more. We have made a list of the top ten attractions that are a must see if you’re traveling to the Willmar Lakes Area.


Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center –

Come cool off from the summer heat at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center, which offers guests of all ages a number of entertainment options. Including two raging waterslides, a six lane recreation pool, two diving boards and a mini slide surrounded by a zero depth entry play pool.



Sibley State Park –

There is something for everyone at this popular Minnesota State Park. Take a hike to Mount Tom, enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing on Lake Andrew, or canoe on Henschien Lake and Swan Lake all while enjoying the campgrounds, a modern group center, horseback camps, picnic area, and interpretive programs.



Glacial Lakes State Trail –

Experience the beauty of rolling hills, prairies, wetlands and farmland along this 22 mile trail. Built on the old Burlington Northern Railroad bed, it is paved for biking, rollerblading and hiking. An adjacent path is available for horseback riding and the entire trail is available for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.



Little Crow Water Ski Team –

Little Crow Water Ski Team has performed and competed for 30 years, and has put countless titles under their belt including two National and 16 Regional Championships. Experience a unique show on the water that includes top quality skiers performing pyramids, jumping, barefooting, ballet lines, and more.



Glacial Ridge Winery –

Glacial Ridge Winery is a unique destination with a wonderful assortment of wines and specialty gifts to suit a variety of shoppers’ interests. Glacial Ridge Winery is known for fun as they host a variety of events including their Summer Concert Series, Grape Stomp and Parties on the Pavilion.



Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center –

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is a regional center for environmental education, outdoor recreation and team building for people of all ages. Enjoy a beautiful 500-acre outdoor classroom featuring self-guided trails through prairie, woods and wetlands with seven miles of hiking and groomed cross-country ski trails.



Big Kahuna Fun Park –

Nestled near Green Lake in the heart of Spicer, Big Kahuna Fun Park offers two go-kart tracks, bumper boats, mini-golf, a Power Wheels course and an Arcade with redemption prizes. Young or old, we have something for those that are timid to those who like things extreme.



Willmar Destination Playground –

The playground is one of the largest fully accessible playgrounds in the country. There are the usual favorites such as swings, slides and monkey bars, but also ramps, a swing and zip line that accommodate those in wheelchairs. A rubberized surface was also installed to prevent big injuries. This playground is truly one-of-a-kind and is a must see on your next trip to the Willmar Lakes Area!



Kandiyohi County Historical Society and Museum –

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society was specifically incorporated to “discover, preserve and share the story of Kandiyohi County and its people.” The museum complex consists of six buildings: the main museum and research library, District #18 Schoolhouse, Engine #2523, Sperry House, Grandpa’s Shed and an agriculture building.


Willmar Stingers –

The Willmar Stingers play a 35 home game schedule at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Enjoy great stadium food and drinks while watching some exciting Northwoods League Baseball. Whether you’re from the area, new to town or just visiting…we encourage you to share in the enthusiasm of the Stingers!


Spicer Castle –

Enjoy an evening filled with merriment and suspense as you help catch a murderer. But think twice… it could be you! Enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at this historic, stately inn operated by the family who built it a century ago. It’s sure to be a fun and memorable experience!


Oops, I guess I created a top 11 list. There’s just so much to see in Kandiyohi County. If you need any assistance in helping to plan your next visit to the Willmar Lakes Area, feel free to contact us at 1-800-845-8747 or email us at

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