Visit Winona160 Johnson St
Winona, MN 55987
From Hwy 90 ( Rochester), exit 43N, left on Hwy 61, turn right on Huff St; VC is .1 mile on right. From Hwy 14, take a right turn on Hwy 61, turn left on Huff St, VC is on the right, from Hwy 61 ( Wabasha), follow 61 S to Huff St; turn left on Huff.Get Directions
The Winona Visitor Center (The Visitor Center is temporarily closed due to Covid-19) is located at 924 Huff Street and the hours are January-March, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3pm; April-October, Monday-Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 4pm; November-December, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3pm.
Still nearly surrounded by water, life in this historic (1851) city (population 27,069) centers on the river. If you like magnificent views of our river valley, head to Garvin Heights Overlook. The view from 575' above the Mississippi is 20-30 miles up and down the valley, as a Japanese journalist said, "makes your jaw drop."
Because the Mississippi brought great wealth to Winona early, its commercial and residential buildings are of an opulent style not common in Minnesota. Many also boast fabulous interiors and stained glass windows made by Tiffany and other famous studios. Writers have called Winona the "Stained Glass Capital of the United States!"
There are over 100 sites on the National Register in Historic downtown Winona. Besides many city parks like Garvin Heights, the Winona area is central to five state parks (Minnesota-3, Wisconsin- 2), and two national wildlife and fish refuges: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Trempealeau National Refuge.
Recreational facilities in Winona complement those in the parks. Great golfing at 3 courses plus area courses nearby. Exceptional swimming at the Bob Welch Aquatic Center, a state of the art Olympic-size pool including a 209 foot water slide. Winona has many scenic bike routes with a special 5.5 mile paved path around 300-acre Lake Winona. Brochures highlighting Winona and area bike trails also points out canoeing opportunities.
The Mississippi near Winona is a maze of bays and channels with some places so secluded that there is no sign of civilization. Fishing is excellent, and more than 290 species of birds can be found.
Festivals and events include Frozen River Film Festival, Great Dakota Gathering and Homecoming, Steamboat Days, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Swan Watch Weekends, and more. Many events are provided through Winona State University and Saint Mary's University. Simply Beautiful: Winona, The Island City on the Mississippi River!
Hours & Dates
- Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm