Sightseeing in North Branch


$64 for a Minnesota Brews Cruise for Two from Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen ($128 Value)

Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen

Multiple Locations

Appetizers paired with four beer tastings from Minnesota brewers during a cruise along the Mississippi River or Lake Minnetonka

$128 $64

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Distillery Tour, T-Shirt and Craft Cocktails for Two or Four People at Du Nord Craft Spirits (Up to 45% Off)

Du Nord Craft Spirits

Du Nord Craft Spirits

Take a tour of the facility that ends in the cocktail room, where the company’s craft spirits imbue drinks with their signature flavor notes

$68 $39

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$69 for a Chocolate & Wine Decadence Bus Tour from Taste Twin Cities ($130 Value)

Taste Twin Cities

Saint Paul

Learn the rich ways that chocolate and wine make a perfect pair and sample truffles that have Oprah’s seal of approval

$130 $69

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Two-Hour Group Pedal-Bar Ride for Up to 16 People on a Weekday or Weekend from Amsterdam Pedals (Up to45% Off)

Amsterdam Pedals

Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Up to 16 people pedal on a group bicycle outfitted with a table and cooler for BYOB drinks; three easy routes around St. Paul available

$300 $169

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Two-Hour Self-Guided Segway Tour for Two or Four from Evolve Segway (Up to 52% Off)

Evolve Segway

City Lakes Area

Riders roll through lake trails on self-guided Segway tours; includes comprehensive rider orientation

$196 $99

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80-Minute Scenic Boat Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours (50% Off)

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

Taylors Falls

From an open upper deck or enclosed lower area, tourists gaze at glacial rock formations including the face-like Old Man of the Dalles

$39.98 $20

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$35 for a 60-Minute Sweetheart Cruise on Lake Minnetonka for 2 from Wayzata Bay Charters ($66.90 Value)

Wayzata Bay Charters

Wayzata Bay Charters

Passengers take in the natural scenery and sip champagne on a 60 ft. yacht

$66.90 $35

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$59 for a Winery Tour Package for Two at Buffalo Rock Winery ($102 Value)

Buffalo Rock Winery

Buffalo Rock Winery

Sample reds, whites, and rosés, along with fruit wines, produced and bottled at this woman-owned winery

$102 $59

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Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Millner's Heritage Vineyard and Winery

Get a behind-the-scenes take on the winemaking process with a vineyard tour followed by a tasting of Hungarian- and Austrian-style wines

$54 $25

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Admission for Two to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sweeping arboretum captivates guests with more than 1,200 acres of gardens, prairies, and woodland trails containing 5,000+ plant species

$24 $12

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Four, Six, or Eight Admissions to Hemker Park & Zoo (Up to 54% Off)

Hemker Park & Zoo

Hemker Park & Zoo

Family-friendly attraction boasts penguins, kangaroos, and New Guinea singing dogs, among other global wildlife

$39 $19

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Wine and Spirit Tasting Package for Two or Four at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery ( 50% Off)

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery

Eau Claire

After sampling wines and spirits, guests can enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail, plus a credit towards any wines or spirits purchase

$46 $23

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Lester River or Music and Pizza Train Excursion for Two or Four at North Shore Scenic Railroad (Up to 55% Off)

North Shore Scenic Railroad

Duluth

Narrated train excursion along the shores of Lake Superior and into the North Woods of Minnesota

$32 $16

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Select Local Merchants

  • Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
    In the early 20th century, trains chugged along the St. Croix Valley Railway, rolling over scenic bridges and past rolling waterfront vistas lined with trees. Today, an old-fashioned locomotive still runs from Osceola, Wisconsin to Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota?a 10-mile route that transports passengers across state lines and into the past. Inside the period-accurate passenger cars, Minnesota Transportation Museum staff relay facts about area history and refute the wildly inaccurate science in The Little Engine That Could. Regular round-trip rides run twice every Saturday and Sunday from May to October, but special-event trains and rides with dining service often round out the schedule.
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    114 Depot Rd.
    Osceola, WI US
  • Washington County Museum
    Hosted by an eclectically elegant collection of inns and museums peppered throughout the St. Croix River Valley, the 2011 Chocolate March launches guests on self-guided, cocoa-centric excursions. Guests munch on chocolate delicacies and take in architectural desserts with chocolate-dipped innkeepers at five separate stops, one of which will feature a wine pairing, on the Sunday jaunts (different destinations are featured each weekend). Depending on their chosen date, chocolate hunters can relax under the mannered, leaf-shaded porticos of Rosewood's Queen Anne mansion, take in the brick-draped Gilded Age grandeur of the Water Street Inn, or plot a sweet rustic retreat or candy-coated coup d'état by Wissahickon Farms' general store façade and peppermint-stick split-rail fence.
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    602 Main St N
    Stillwater, MN US
  • Stillwater Balloon
    Held aloft by 35 years of family tradition, Stillwater Balloon sends intrepid explorers skyward from a port just off the scenic St. Croix River. Friendly FAA-certified pilots operate each craft and readily answer any questions that passengers may have as they float through gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. The billowy, multicolored behemoths cruise at treetop level, allowing travelers to shake hands with monkeys. Private and semiprivate flights are the business's forte, but Stillwater Balloon also accommodates custom flights for backyard surprises or ultimate school pickups.
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    135 Saint Croix Trail North
    Lakeland, MN US
  • Walker Art Center
    In 1879, a lumber baron named Thomas Barlow Walker built an extra room onto his house. He mounted his 20 favorite paintings on the room's walls and opened it to the public. This private collection transformed into a public gallery with the founding of Walker Art Center in 1927. Over the following decades, the center's staff amassed a collection focused on modern art, gathering works from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti. Today, this permanent collection has expanded to encompass more than 11,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs, more than 800 film pieces, and more than 1,200 artists' books. In the whimsical multistory geometric helix of the Barnes building, seven cube-shaped galleries radiate from a central core on terrazzo floors and under lofted ceilings. Docents lead group tours through the galleries to see rotating exhibitions or play hide-and-seek with Jackson Pollock. Current exhibits have explored the contemporary still photography of Cindy Sherman, American avant-garde film from 1960 to 1973, and prints, paintings, and sculptures produced after 1989. Inside the museum's social spaces, docents also host artist talks, film screenings, and open houses. Designed as a contemporary twist on old European opera houses, the center's McGuire Theater draws visitors into its intimate space for live dance, theater, and music performances as well as performance art. Museum exhibits and events also spill outside to a central square and the four quadrants, bordered by granite and evergreen hedges, of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. As visitors walk across its lawns, they can glimpse iconic modern sculptures, cross a 375-foot steel-and-wood footbridge, or watch staff teach plants to paint in the Cowles Conservatory.
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    1750 Hennepin Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN US
  • Hennepin History Museum
    Originally the home of the Dakota and Ojibwe, Hennepin County began with the hopes and dreams of immigrants, New Englanders, and retired veterans. Why these entrepreneurs, farmers, laborers, craftsman, and vacationers decided to settle in what seemed to be a frigid, uninhabitable land is still a mystery, but their innovations and lineage are traced through the exhibits at Hennepin History Museum. The museum, located inside the historic George Christian mansion, hosts rotating exhibits and permanent collections that paint a picture of Midwestern life in the 19th and 20th centuries. From more recent decades, there are objects from Minneapolis Aquatennials and high-fashion clothes from downtown department stores such as Dayton's and Young-Quinlan. The Pillsbury Doughboy presides over it all, reminding guests of the importance of milling to the region's history. Photographs, personal papers, and atlases round out the collection, whose contents are further illuminated during the museum’s frequent events. Experts and authors, for instance, deliver talks in the museum’s intimate fireside room, whose fireplace keeps guests warm and prevents them from huddling in the museum's historical bear-skin rugs. In another tucked-away area, researchers and amateur historians pore through the material in the library, which is open to visitors 5 days a week, and in the archives, which is open by appointment. They might find maps of the region from the start of the 20th Century or old pictures of homes in the neighborhood, all steeped in memories and history.
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    2303 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN US
  • The Goddess of Glass
    Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show I Hate my Kitchen, on the episode entitled Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling. The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
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    3243 Girard Ave N.
    Minneapolis, MN US
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