Winona is the perfect place for a group
Is your group looking for a memorable destination? Look no further! Scenic, historic “island city” Winona, Minnesota, should be your next destination of choice. From amazing fall foliage, museums, and stained glass windows to birding, and a Shakespeare Festival, there’s treasure to be found no matter the season.
Calling the Mississippi River Valley home, Winona is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, wrapped in history, and steeped in culture. Located on the Great River Road Scenic Byway (Highway 61), Winona is a perfect hub and spoke destination.
We can help you arrange lodging, dining, transportation and put a plan to your day in Winona, the historic island city. Contact us at Visit Winona and we’ll put you in touch with an experience full of history. The friendly people of Winona invite you to visit, explore, and enjoy our scenic beauty, history, attractions, and festivals.
You will be glad you discovered Winona and will want to return time and time again.
Top Group Attractions in Winona
Stained Glass Studio Tour
Cathedral Crafts: Winona is known as the “Stained Glass Capital” of the country. At this studio, you will observe craftspeople design, paint, and assemble stained glass windows. Tours are available for groups of 10 or more people. (1 hour)
Watkins Headquarters and Museum/Store
Famous for its award winning vanilla and spices, this company dates back to 1868 when it purveyed the only health “remedies” that came with a money back guarantee. (45 minutes)
Winona County History Center
One of the largest county Historical Society Museums in Minnesota, it showcases artifacts of Winona and Winona County’s history including a stained glass window exhibit, and an award winning children’s exhibit. The new Laird/Norton addition has changing exhibits and a museum shop. (45 minutes)
Founded to preserve the rich Polish history of Winona, it houses Kashubian artifacts, family heirlooms, religious articles, folk art and more. Gift shop sells Polish items. (45 minutes)
Winona National Bank and Merchants Bank
Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offer amazing architecture, and stained glass windows. Winona National Bank also displays a gun collection and African safari trophies of the bank’s original owners. (30 minutes each)
Step-on Guide Tour
The guide will explain Winona’s history and take you by these sites: Levee Park/Mississippi River, Court House, Library, historic downtown area, East End shotgun houses, Windom Park, Winona State University, Lake Park (Veteran’s Memorial, Rose Garden, band shell) Sugar Loaf, Garvin Heights Overlook (a magnificent view of Winona and the Mississippi River and beyond. On a clear day, you can see 20-30 miles up and down the river valley). (2-4 hours)
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
The MMAM, the region’s access to Monet and Picasso, is home to some of the best collections of art inspired by water . The Museum offers docent-led tours for a special rate to groups of 10 or more (1 hour)