Wine Tasting at the Cannon River Winery: This can be done any time they are open. A tasting includes a little bit of all their wines. You can also do a flight of 3 wines, or a glass of any, or buy a bottle to take or drink there. Most of their wines are about $15. They also have free live music most weekend afternoons. You can get some cheese & crackers, olives, salami – but they don’t have a restaurant.
Canoe or Kayak the Cannon River: This is pretty easy, but for busy summer weekends you might want to call ahead to reserve. They are generally open late morning to early evening 7 days a week during the season. You rent the kayaks/canoes and you can get picked up near Welch or near Red Wing, just specify.
Golf: There are 3 golf courses in the area. The back 9 of Summit is really nice. The Cannon Golf Club is close and the oldest, nice course, not quite as challenging as Summit. Gopher Hills is about 10 minutes away, is a nice course too. Cannon Golf Club & Gopher Hills both have nice clubhouses with restaurants and a bar.
The Cannon Valley Trail: you will need a trail pass which you can get from us or other merchants in town. This trail starts just across the MN Hwy-19 bridge on the other side of the Little Cannon River that runs along the ball park out bak, and runs all the way to Red Wing. This is about 22 miles one-way. There is a nice stop in Welch and an ice cream shop there too, roughly half way. Bike Rental: they do this by the half or full day and they are decent bikes.
Stanton Airfield: these folks will give glider rides, as well as airplane rides. The field is about 6 miles west on the way to Northfield. The glider pilots are all highly seasoned professional pilots.
The Cannon Falls: if you come to Cannon Falls you have to see the falls! And, while you are at it, you may want to walk along the city paths that go by the swan/duck/fish pond, and over toward the Cannon River and back along the river to the fairgrounds area – a nice walk, all paved.
Historic walk, or just walk around town: there are sidewalks all over this town, nice areas to walk around are just east of downtown and back over by the big cemetery just off Hwy-19 on the east side of town. This is also where Col. William Colvill is buried, there is a nice monument on the east end of that cemetery with a statue & cannon (he led 1st Minnesota during the Civil War). You can also grab an historic walking tour (this house is on the tour) map from the Chamber office downtown, that is a nice guide to the historic locations in town.
Cannon Falls Museum: Okay, it is a small museum, and it is open for a just a few hours on Friday and Saturday. But, it is a nice stop if you have time, they did a nice job with the history.
Frog Creek Pottery: This is an interesting place about 2 miles west of town off Hwy-19. Lisa has a variety over interesting original pottery. She also offers classes on pottery making. It is fun to watch and to look around.
Entertainment: look in the window at the Old Market Deli and the Cannon River Winery for a variety of things to do in the area. You can also look at the “Applause” arts & entertainment that you may find around town. This ranges from performances at the high school to barn auctions, quite random but fun to check out. The Crossings in Zumbrota (about 20 minutes south off Hwy-52) has excellent music when they have it, call ahead.
Cannon Falls Bears Baseball: The Bears play right behind the Quill & Quilt. Tey sell hot dogs, beer, and other concessions at these games. You can see the game well from the shaded stands behind home plate.
Swimmng: in the summer the community pool is open just a few blocks north of here. The pool has changing areas, it is not really big and it isn’t a water park, it is a pool. Still, it can be refreshing.
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park: This is primarily hiking, it is a nice park with some facilities. About 15 miles SW of Cannon Falls.
Shopping: for downtown, Hjermstad’s hardware store with a whole 2nd level of toys and things is worth a look. The Fabric store on 4th & Main is nice if you like fabrics. And the gift side of Schofield’s is good. Amy’s is a good second hand store. Possibly of interest are Chicago Ed’s jewelry, Pine & Prints and the Schaffer’s Antiques. Then, about a mile south on Hwy-20 there is the Countryside Antique Mall, and next to that is Pat LaVesque’s, a really nice women’s fashion store. Scrapbook fans would like the CF Stamp store as well.
The Alexis Bailly Vineyard: near Hastings is a good destination on a nice day. The wine is just okay, but they do have a really nice outdoor vineyard setup, large lawn, some outdoor sculpture. This is a great place to have a little picnic.
Northfield is about 15 minutes away: there are a few blocks of shopping and several restaurants downtown. They also have a few places with live music in the evening, mostly of the acoustic variety. St. Olaf & Carleton have live performances in their auditoriums as well – but not so much in the summer, more in the school season.