Things to do in Hastings, MN

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If you’re needing a quick break from the city – look no further than Hastings! This charming little town is right along the river, less than 30 mins from the metro, and will have you leaving refreshed from a break! Whether you have a 1 hour or 5 hours, Hastings is a great spot for a slow morning or adventurous afternoon. Read on below for some fun spots to explore with family, friends, or a loved one!

Pick Strawberries at Afton Strawberry Patch

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Even though the name is Afton, this awesome patch is located in Hastings! Start here at Afton Apple in the morning or early afternoon and pop in to pick some berries! They are open daily 7am-3pm but make sure to call about an hour head just in case – on buys days they sometimes get picked out! It’s a great spot for all ages. They have animals on the property too so before or after picking make sure to say hi to the donkeys, llamas, and goats. Head to the main cashier and you’ll spot the Berry Barn! Their menu is chock-full with berry goodness. Think milkshakes, donuts, lemonade, and waffles – all from strawberries! Once you’re finished, take a quick 12 min drive into town! 

Caffeinate at Froth & Cork

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You know I always have to have my daily lattes so when I drove by this new spot, I had to stop! It sadly opened 2 days before the entire COVID shut down but is not re-open for business! Once an old salon, the new owner has transformed Froth and Cork into a cozy gathering spot that’s perfect for small or large groups. They have an upstairs, main level, patio, and back room too! It’s huge! Enjoy a coffee in the morning or come back for a glass of wine in the afternoon! They serve small nibbles throughout the day too.

Enjoy a Margarita and view of the bridge at Lock and Dam Eatery

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On a hot summer day, all I want is a tasty margarita. I definitely got my fix on the patio at Lock and Dam Eatery! Head straight to their patio and enjoy a great view of the water and bridge! We had some delicious fresh chips and salsa along with their firecracker shrimp and burrito. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a fun view and a diverse menu!

Picnic on the Riverwalk

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If you’re still not ready to sit down and eat at a restaurant, tons of restaurants downtown are open for takeout. Pick up your order and you’re literally steps from the Riverwalk which has a ton of space to grab a spot by the water and relax on a nice summer day!

Catch a gorgeous waterfall – Just Steps from your Car

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Whether you’re a hiker or not, make sure to head to Vermillion Falls Park for some eye catching falls! Park farthest to the left and head out on the paved path and immediately you’ll hear the falls along the mill! It’s absolutely breathtaking. You can keep hiking down to get down by the river – just be careful, some of the trails are steep! Keep going along and you’ll see the lock bridge. If you remember, bring your own lock and put it on the bridge! 🙂

Get nutty at Busted Nut

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In the mood for some peanuts, beer, and a burger? Head to the Busted Nut, downtown. Peanut shells cover the floor so needless to say – it’s super casual. Order a tasty creative burger with a local brew on tap. It’s always a go-to meal for me that has me happy, full, and ready to take on the night!

Cool off with a scoop from SchoolHouse Scoop!

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What better way to end a day with a sweet treat! Cool off with some ice cream from Schoolhouse Scoop. It’s scooping 32 flavors of premium hand-dipped ice cream and you’ll definitely see all your favorite flavors from your childhood.

Bonus: Stock up for a grill out

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If you’re heading straight back home after hanging out in Hastings stop by Duff Meats 2 – right along the highway. I love stocking up on premium meats to take home and grill! They have a great selection of steaks, brats, and pork chops, and some adventurous pairing as well. You can never go wrong here!


I hope you got some ideas for your next afternoon off 😉 There’s quite a bit more that Hastings has to offer so get out there and explore!

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