Like the outdoors? Check out Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center for its wonderful Interpretive Center and walking trails through over 500 acres of land; the Sola Fide Observatory for night sky-watching; 28 city parks with pavilions, playgrounds, baseball/softball diamonds, disk golf courses, and even a dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs, water faucet, and shelter area. And despite being in one of only 4 Minnesota counties without natural lakes, Austin has great opportunities for water-related activities – kayaking and canoeing at the Nature Center or on the Mill Pond or East Side Lake, or on Dobbins Creek. The Cedar River State Water Trail, part of Minnesota’s state water trail program, offers 25 miles of fishing canoeing, and kayaking opportunities between Lansing, north of Austin, all the way south to the Iowa border.

Shooting Star Bike Trail


An asphalt trail laid mostly on top of abandoned railway. Bike-friendly for all agens and abilities. New expansion connects the trail to the Austin City Bike Trails, for a total of over 40 miles.

Canoeing In Austin

Canoeing | Kayaking

Canoes and kayaks are a great way to view and enjoy the scenic Cedar River State Water Trail and area wildlife. Launch in the Cedar River and enjoy miles of beautiful scenery.


Austin, MN has so many parks that offer different activities such as play equipment, gazebos, bike paths, frisbee golf, and sand volleyball courts.


Discover Austin, MN through our statues! We are fortunate to have so many different statues all around Austin. Make sure to stop by the Discover Austin, MN office to pick up a brochure about the statues!