Bus Tours

Located right on I-94 halfway between Minneapolis and Fargo, Sauk Centre offers convenience and a rest stop for travelers. Visit the Sinclair Lewis Interpretive Center as you exit the freeway and tour the museum for FREE – see the Nobel Prize for the 1st American author to win this honor and view a 10 minute video of his life and Main Street America in Sauk Centre.

In the summer months, take a tour of the Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home off of Main Street on Sinclair Lewis Avenue then wander through the antique and art shops of Sauk Centre’s Main Street. Sauk Lake is just a block to the north. Stay overnight and enjoy sumptuous dining at our many restaurants.

Field Trips

Field trips can be arranged with a variety of attractions in the Sauk Centre area including: Agricultural tours – Redhead Creamery – Riverside Goat Soaps & Lotions – Historical Society and Max Bats

Click here for the field trip Group Tour Brochure.

​Reading, Writing and History Tour

Sauk Centre is home to America’s first Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Sinclair Lewis. Tour His Boyhood Home and Interpretive Center with video of his life in Sauk Centre. Take a walk along Sauk Centre’s Original “Main Street” to visit the Historical landmarks – Library, Church, Stockade Marker and Palmer House Hotel built in 1901. Be on the lookout for ghosts as this place is haunted according to the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.”

​Wine, Whiskey and Wow!

Visit nearby Brewhouses and Wineries – Carlos Creek and Whispering Oaks plus our newest attraction, Panther Distillery – Minnesota’s first Whiskey tour. While staying in Sauk Centre, drive to nearby Amish Country, Quilts in Osakis and Nelson’s Woolen Mills as Central Minnesota offers antique and unique stores for your shopping pleasure.

Reindeer, Llamas and Cows, Oh My!

Stearns County is dairy country – visit Tuitti Fruitti Market Farm, Erickson’s Petting Zoo and Hemker Zoo along I-94 to see and pet unique animals. Enjoy home-made delicacies and even pick your own fruits and vegetables in season.

Whispering Oaks Winery

Open Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm May through Sept.
33578 Co. Rd 30, Melrose, MN 56352 | 320-256-7118
www.whisperingoakswinerymn.com

Panther Distillery

Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm & Sat. 12-4
300 East Pike St., Osakis, MN 56360 | 320-859-2256
Whiskey tastings and gifts

Manufacturing Tour: Felling Trailers

By Appt. only 320-352-5239 X 108 Manufacturing Plant producing over 3,000 trailers annually. See the entire process from framing to painting. 1525 Main Street South.

Max Bats

Wood baseball bats from MaxBat are the hardest bats in the game – one of the most popular bats in professional, amateur and youth baseball worldwide – retail store.
By Appt. Only 866-750-6098
530 First St., Brooten, MN
info@maxbats.com

Hemker Zoo

Guided 90 minute tours with 32 different species of water fowl, kudu, flamingos, penguins, kangaroo, camel, reindeer, zebra and monkeys.
May – Oct. 10am-6pm
320-836-2426
26715 Co Rd 39, Freeport, MN
www.hemkerzoo.com

Erickson’s Petting Zoo

Wide variety of animals and activities to acquaint kids with creatures they don’t often see face-to-face.
May – Oct. 8am-6pm
320-491-3578
West of Osakis on Hwy 82 – N on Bird Lake Rd
www.ericksonspettingzoo.com

Leatherwood Vinegary

Our vinegary is a quaint little place where we make quality wine vinegars. Generally it takes two months to make the wine and another 8-10 months to convert the wine to vinegar. We have up to fifty different vinegars and each fruit flavor is flavored only by the fruit from which it is made.

We welcome tour groups as well as individual visitors. Spring, summer, and fall are the best times since you’ll then be able to visit the orchard and herb gardens as well as the vinegary and our retail shop. But we do welcome visitors year-round. OPEN BY APPOINTMENT. Please call 320-732-2879 or email leatherwood@wisper-wireless.com to schedule a visit.