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Vacation in Fairmont Area - Minnesota

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Area Overview

Fairmont, the City of Lakes, is a community of 11,000 located in the heart of southern Minnesota. The community provides an array of recreation, educational, and health care services supporting a regional service area population of over 20,000 and is the county seat for Martin County. Centrally located along I-90 and Highway 15, the City is noted for its hospitality, friendly residents, unique specialty shops, and picturesque lakes, making Fairmont “Southern Minnesota’s best kept secret.”

The City’s five lakes provide a valuable community resource and afford residents and visitors alike with recreational areas for swimming, pleasure boating, water skiing, and fishing. Other attractions include the Fairmont Aquatic Park, a variety of public and private 18-hole golf courses and several historic venues for artistic endeavors and enrichment opportunities.

A full array of K-12 educational services are available from the public and private religious-based schools serving the area. The Southern Minnesota Educational Campus is a one-stop shop for post-secondary education providing an assortment of college courses and degree programs offered by public and private religious-based secondary institutions in the region.

Whether you plan to visit or stay, we hope you enjoy all Fairmont has to offer.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Fairmont has a picturesque setting amidst a chain of five lakes, thus offering a wide array of recreational activities. While in our area we suggest a visit to the parks, historical attractions, Aquatic Park, and cultural or sporting events. The diverse dining and shopping opportunities are sure to offer you pleasurable experiences.

Cultural Activities

The Red Rock Center for the Arts offers a wide variety of affordable entertainment for all ages. Enjoy a wide variety of musical concerts featuring big band, swing, jazz, cultural, strings, piano, and more. Our beautiful hardwood floors are perfect for ballroom dancing. Educational art and music classes for adults and children are offered at various times throughout the year.

The Fairmont Opera House hosts a number of musical performances and plays each year. Tickets for shows can be purchased online through their website and a calendar of their events is also available online.

The library hosts many programs for children and adults as well.


Fairmont's home to over 27 parks just within city limits alone. There's an additional 230 acres county park land in the area. Outdoor recreation is abundant with about 75 lakes in the area, there's room for fishing, skiing, boating, and swimming. With the Fairmont Opera House and the Red Rock Center for the Arts, Fairmont's art and culture continues to grow. Numerous Historical sites make Fairmont a great place for people of all ages.


Several locally-owned taxi services are available. Martin County offers bus services throughout the county and through its Veterans Services Department, transportation is available to metropolitan areas.

If time is money, you can fly just about any size prop or corporate jet
aircraft into Fairmont’s Municipal Airport. Our airport is equipped with an
ILS system, 5,550 foot runway and 3,300 crosswind runway, 24-hour fuel
service, meeting space in the terminal and ground transportation.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  4.8  13.4  22.0  0.8 "
 February  11.9  20.3  28.7  0.7 "
 March  23.8  32.3  40.7  1.9 "
 April  36.4  46.4  56.3  3.2 "
 May  48.9  59.6  70.4  3.9 "
 June  58.3  69.1  79.9  4.5 "
 July  62.3  72.7  83.1  4.2 "
 August  60.0  70.3  80.6  4.2 "
 September  50.7  61.6  72.5  2.6 "
 October  38.9  49.1  59.3  2.3 "
 November  24.4  32.1  39.9  2.0 "
 December  10.3  18.0  25.7  1.0 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Spring temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 30's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 30's. Winter temperatures are chilly with averages in the upper 10's and highs in the mid 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 0's.


Fairmont has a variety of lodging accommodations to fit a variety of travel parties and a variety of budgets. With four national chain hotels, independently owned motels, cabins, top notch campgrounds, and a bed and breakfast you're certain to find the perfect spot to relax and recharge for the night.


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