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Vacation in Winona - Minnesota

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Area Overview

Winona is located in the Mississippi river valley surrounded by bluffs that tower 500 feet above us. The Mississippi River is a 1/4 of a mile wide. A beach on the main channel of the Mississippi River is accessed at Latsch Island Park but is not staffed by lifeguards. There are two Lakes within the city limits with a paved walking and biking path.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

we are located on the Mississippi River and it's popular with boaters and other water crafts. Fishing is available all year round because the backwaters freeze over. River cruises depart from Levee Park all through the summer. The Municipal band performs on a weekly basis during the summer in the historic band shell on the shores of Lake Winona. Lake Lodge on Lake Winona rents out canoes, kayaks, bicycles, ice skates and snowshoes. The Great River Shakespeare Festival hosts concerts on the green featuring a variety of musicians during its 6 week run in June/July. The blufflands have many miles of hiking trails. The Aquatic Center has a 208 foot water slide and Olympic side pool. There is an indoor tennis court run by the Winona Area Tennis Association as well as outdoor courts.

Cultural Activities

Winona enjoys a strong arts movement, with museums, theatre and musical offerings including the Winona Municipal band, MN Beethoven Festival, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Frozen River Film Festival, Mid West Music Festival, Boats and Bluegrass Festival, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona County History Center and many cultural offerings from Saint Mary's University and Winona State University.


There are many attractions ranging from parks to museums to river boat cruises. We have a world class art museum called the Minnesota Marine Art Museum which features Picasso, Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe. The museum is surrounded by acres of native prairie gardens. Lake Park, in the heart of Winona, features a 6 mile paved path around Lake Winona. Two state parks are within 12 miles of Winona. A winery showcases wine that is stilled from cold climate grapes.


The Amtrak runs along the Great River Road and stops at multiple cities along the Mississippi River with an Amtrak station in Winona. There is an airport in Mpls./St. Paul as well as Lacrosse, WI. Winona has a city transit system and the Jefferson Line stops in Winona daily. Taxis are available as well as rental car option.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  9.2  17.6  25.9  1.4 "
 February  15.8  24.3  32.8  0.7 "
 March  27.0  35.6  44.3  1.8 "
 April  39.8  49.8  59.7  3.5 "
 May  51.3  62.1  73.0  3.9 "
 June  60.9  71.0  81.2  4.2 "
 July  66.3  75.8  85.3  4.4 "
 August  63.7  73.2  82.6  4.7 "
 September  54.4  64.4  74.4  3.9 "
 October  42.8  52.3  61.8  2.2 "
 November  29.8  37.0  44.3  2.2 "
 December  15.9  23.1  30.3  1.3 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

We have the most visitors come during the summer which is our busiest time for events and activities. Our summers are very warm with July being our hottest month. Fall is another popular time of year because the bluffs turn golden colors. Fall temperatures are mild and pleasant.


Winona has a variety of lodging options including hotels, several bed and breakfasts, and a local campground on the banks of the Mississippi River.


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