Your group will find Detroit Lakes, Minnesota an easy destination to get to - and memorable besides! Arrive by U.S. Highway 10 from the east or west, or Highway 59 from the north or south. Detroit Lakes is only 45 minutes from Fargo, North Dakota or about three hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul or the Canadian border.
Your group has several self-guided tour options that pleasantly stray from the ordinary. And, many group tours are free! Birding and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy self-guided tours along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Or, follow self-guided tours at two area national wildlife refuges to see wildlife among lakes, rivers, marshes, native grasslands and wooded areas. A Lake Country Scenic Byway itinerary leads your group along an 88-mile adventure of prairie, lakes, and forests and the charm of several communities.
Or, for those who are more comfortable in casual clothes, take a farm journey to see cuddly calves or see how maple syrup is made.
Check out our sample culture and shopping tour or our tour for the outdoor types.
Visit beautiful Detroit Lakes Minnesota and experience the blending of lakes and prairie, art and culture.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 am
Visit the Becker County Historical Society and Museum at 714 Summit Avenue, where the present meets the past. The executive director will provide an intriguing look at the history of early settlements and resort tourism of this unique community on the border of the prairies and the pines.
11:15 am - 12:15 p.m.
Choose from downtown, lake side or several other options for lunch.
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Spend a leisurely afternoon at the City Park by the beach. Flowers are blooming in the raingarden next to the chainsaw art. Learn more about the raingarden from the interpretive signage. Tuesdays and Saturdays you'll find locally grown produce at the Farmers Market in the nearby Peoples Park from 10 am-2 pm. For a fun afternoon on the lake, rent a pontoon and cruise the Detroit Lake. Afterward, head straight north on Washington Avenue to tour the unique gift stores and specialty shops.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Nostalgia meets lakeside beauty when you take in fine cuisine at historic Hotel Shoreham on beautiful Lake Sallie, Fireside on Detroit Lake, or Spanky's Stone Hearth on Rose Lake just ten minutes away. Many other options from local fare to Mexican and Italian abound in the Detroit Lakes area.
The Historic Holmes Theatre provides a fitting conclusion to your day in Detroit Lakes. Relax and enjoy live entertainment through music, dance or drama. All the style of a big city show, with the touch of small town hospitality! The Historic Holmes Theatre, a 1932 renovated 837-seat art deco theatre, is located at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center at 806 Summit Avenue.
Enjoy your overnight stay in a Detroit Lakes area hotel, motel or resort. You're sure to get a good night's rest with the fresh Minnesota air and the songs of nature.
Depart in the morning on the Lake Country Scenic Byway. Thank you for visiting the Detroit Lakes area and we look forward to seeing you again at the Lakes!
Visit beautiful Detroit Lakes Minnesota and experience the blending of lakes, prairie and woodlands, art and culture.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
We begin the day by way of the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail to visit Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Look for several species of birds in wetland and grassland habitats.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
We head back to Detroit Lakes, with a stop at Dunton Locks County Park. It's a good opportunity to walk around the scenic grounds next to Muskrat Lake and Lake Sallie. See where a tram transports watercraft from lake to lake and observe the interpretive signs explaining the transformation of the lock and dam system to the backfilling of boulders to allow for fish passage. Learn the importance of railways and waterways to tourism in Detroit Lakes.
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
We return to Detroit Lakes for lunch, then spend the afternoon on our own to leisure-shop many of the retail stores. Pick up a map of "Sunny in DL." Gather family or friends for a group photo with your favorite of the 30 hand-decorated sunfish sculptures throughout the city!
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
We spend some time at our room, then head out for fine dining at one of Detroit Lakes' fine restaurants. After dinner, we end the day with a relaxing cruise by pontoon around Detroit Lakes. Fresh air and a breath-taking sunset conclude our day in Detroit lakes.
Day 2 - 9:00 a.m.
After an evening at our rooms, we head out along the Lake Country Scenic Byway on Highway 34 east. Our final stop is at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. We'll be treated to a diversity of vegetation, as this is the transition zone between tallgrass prairie, northern hardwood, and coniferous ecosystems. We make a stop at the Visitor Center then a refuge ranger steps on as our tour guide to point out the many wildlife and migratory bird sightings. A delightful exit from our visit to Detroit Lakes!