Next Bike Adventure – Faribault

At-A-Glance: Exploring Faribault – Fun and Food

Located along the Cannon River Valley corridor, Faribault is 60 minutes south of the Twin Cities. Faribault is a great southern Minnesota destination for a family outing or biking vacation. The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings here draw many people out to explore. On the east end of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, you will have several loop options that will take you on quiet rural roads for a true touring experience. With plenty of retail areas, recreational activities, and restaurant choices in Faribault, it’s easy to spend several days here.

This fat bike cyclist is getting ready to head down to Faribault, this Saturday, where demo bike rentals will be available for beginner and race awards.

This fat bike cyclist is getting ready to head down to Faribault.

Where to Bike in the Area

Explore and enjoy the beauty of the lakes and rolling terrain around the Faribault area. It is easy to ride your bike to both the city and State Trail from the hotels in town. From the trail, you can continue your adventure as the trail connects to the paved community roads. At the city park, take the 39-mile journey on the paved rail-bed west through Morristown, Waterville, Elysian then onto Mankato. For road riding choose from many scenic loops designed by the local bike club. For the mountain biker, there are miles of off road trails at the River Bend Nature Center.

 

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Faribault Area Map 

River Bend Nature Center’s Map
Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail Map
Map My Ride

 

Walk/Hike Opportunities

River Bend Nature Center
Sakatah Lake State Park

 

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Milltown Cycles | 311 Central Ave. N., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-331-2636
Faribault Flyers Cycle Club – offering safe rides in Rice County through Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT) | Main Office: 912 Meadow View Drive, Northfield, MN 55057

 

Where to Play When Not Biking or Hiking

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Explore the historic downtown area, Rice County Museum or take a dip at the Aquatic Center, plus golf and many other fun activities in the area.

J&J Bowling | 1802 4th St. N.W., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-3262
Aleman Apple Creek Orchard | 5524 185th Street West, Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-9043
Whillock Studios | 122 1st Ave. N.E., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-8306

Where to Eat

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From the Cheese Cave to Augustos Piadina Restaurant, the Faribault area also offers several interesting and charming cafes and ice cream shops. If these do not appeal to you, there are many other options as well.

The Cheese Cave | 318 Central Ave. N., Suite #6, Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-3988
Godfather’s Pizza | 328 4th St. N.W., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-1672

Grandpa Al’s | Menu | 28 3rd St. N.W., Faribault, MN 55021 | 507-334-3582

 

Where to Sleep When Visiting 

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Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. Also, the public library is a good option.  The Buckham Memorial Library is located on 11 Division Street East, Faribault, MN 55021 and can be reached by phone at the following number: 507-334-2089.

 

See the Faribault Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.