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Our Neighbors to the East

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Discover Our Faces & Places! Where history & attractions make it worth the trip every time! Located just 1 hour south of Minnesota’s Twin Cities on I-35. Enjoy shopping at Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitters and the Medford Outlet Center. Visit the only Orphanage Museum in Minnesota and our other famous historical sites & attractions! Shop, dine, & stay in Owatonna!

Steele County Free Fair

The Steele County Free Fair is much more than a county fair…it’s a family affair! As the largest county fair in Minnesota, our fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions and admission is FREE!

Village of Yesteryear  Steele County History Museum

In 1962 the Society was offered the Saco Church located 7 miles southwest of Owatonna, and with the support of the Steele County Agricultural Society, the Society permanently leased a portion of the southeast section of the fairgrounds to begin a pioneer village.   The original layout was similiar to the center of Owatonna and its Central Park, which was originally circular. Thus was established the Village of Yesteryear, which has grown in the years since through the additional move of historic structures, as well as museum buildings built on site.

The Rad Zoo

Experience Minnesota’s premier reptile destination. Newly opened in Oct. 2009 the zoo already has one of the worlds largest reptile displays. The zoo has amazing creatures of the reptile and amphibian world including snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodilians, toads, frogs, and salamanders. The RAD Zoo is home to over 150 kinds of animals from all over the world exhibited in naturalistic recreations of their native environments. Watch “Big Al” the monster 12 foot-long alligator and “Bella” the 14 foot-long python. Catch the daily “Everglades Encounter” show focusing on the animals of the Florida swamp and following that an opportunity to pet an alligator or a snake.  There is a birthday pavilion and party options available for guests interested in a unique birthday experience.  Guests may have an opportunity to feed salad to tortoises or watch many other animals feed. Stop in the gift shop offering a variety of animal related toys, books, and other gifts.

The zoo is located at 3287 N. County Road 45, Owatonna, MN  55060, directly across the interstate from the Owatonna Airport.

Cabela’s in Owatonna
3900 Cabela Dr NW, Owatonna, MN 55060