Welcome to Faribault! Your experience awaits you - Lakes, nature, history, art, shopping and recreation combine to make Faribault a great place to live or visit. We invite you to share in the beauty of our region and all it has to offer! Once you arrive, you can experience:
- 10 lakes within 10 miles (with many resorts and campgrounds)
- Beautiful parks (39 in the city limits to be exact)
- An outdoor Aquatic Center (Best place in the county to cool off)
- Miles of bike trails (45 mile Sakatah state trail starts in Faribault)
- Great Lodging and Restaurants (Go eat and spend the night!)
The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings draw many people to Faribault. Lakes, history, shopping or recreation all combine to make Faribault a perfect place to visit.
Mother’s Day Getaway in Faribault!
New Faribault Promotional Video!Here is a brand new 30-second commerical promoting Faribault!
TOP 10 Things that happend in Tourism for Faribault in 2012
It is the time of year for lists. So here is ours. Faribault had its biggest year ever for tourists coming to town and it was all due in some part to these things:
10. Finally a Gift Store Opens
Don't let the name fool you, there were many other places in Faribault you could buy lovely gifts. However, this unique store in downtown Faribault owned by Jana Viscomi who also owns Bernies Grill/Vintage ballroom & Suites (www.vintageballroom.com) which is right across the street, has those local Faribault items that have long been a void here. So next time you visit Faribault, go to Finally a Gift Store and pick up some great gift items for friends and family - and get a Faribault sweater for you!
9. The Announcement of the return of the Faribault Area Balloon Rally & Airfest!
After the 2009 Faribault Balloon Rally & Airfest, which was by far the most successful and best show ever put on in its 25 year history, major construction projects happend at the Faribault Airport. These construction projects greatly effected the areas of the airport where the show happend, including the field where the parking area was. With no parking for thousands of cars and no place the FAA would allow a show to be put on, it was just impossible to hold a show at the airport. The Airfest Board considered having a show in another part of town, but worried about "a watered" down event after the success of the 2009 show. Keep an eye on this webpage for more information about the Airfest which will be held on September 13 & 14 2013.
8. Faribault enjoys the biggest year ever for large bus groups visiting Faribault.
Coach buses came - and they kept coming! A total of 26 buses/large groups came to Faribault in 2012 which our Tourism office asssisted with. Where did they go in Faribault? They went to: The Cheese Cave, Paradise Center for the Arts, Shopping downtown Faribault, Schools for the Deaf & Blind, Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour, Woolen Mill, Ivan Whillock Studio, Alexander Faribault House, Rice County Historical Museum, Faribault Energy Park, Roberds Lake Resort, Shattuck St. Mary's School, Donahues Greenhouse, Faribault Farmer Seed & Nursery to name just a few! Many of the groups also did drive-by history tours. We are looking forward to another great year in 2013 and even some bus overnights!
7. Brand New Visitor Guide and Map for Faribault!
We spent a lot of time in 2012 creating and perfecting a new Faribault Map and Visitor Guide. We are really proud of it, you can view it on this website - or request a paper copy of it to be sent directly to you by going to the "Contact" link.
6. Faribault has very successful year with local Events.
Faribault once again hosted the State BBQ competition at the Rice County Fairgrounds in May, the Heritage Celebration in June made it all 4 days with very little rain, the Rice County Fair was held in July to with big crowds, August saw the Blue Collar BBQ and Art Fair which is increasing in its popularity every year and in October the Downtown hosted the Fall Festival and Chili competition.
5. Trippin with Perk visits Faribault!
Eric Perkins from KARE-11 the NBC station out of Minneapolis St. Paul visited Faribault in February for a segment called, "Trippin with Perk." The segment had so much great stuff that Faribault had to offer, they couldn't show it all on their 10pm broadcast. To see the whole piece, you had to go to the KARE-11 website - you can also view the finished product down below.
4. Paradise Center for the Arts has successful year of shows.
One of the biggest tourism hot spots in Faribault is the beautiful Paradise Center for the Arts. This year the theater was booked with great entertainment nearly every week of the year. During 2012 the Paradise was proud to host comedians Louie Anderson, Kevin Meaney, Scott Hanson, Jim Wiggins, Dan Cole and C. Willi Myles. There was music from Boss Grant & the Johnny Cash Revue, Best of Broadway, Red Rock Canyon and the Sounds of the Season. Theater performances were huge for the Paradise this year, the Merlin Players showcased "The Last Five Years," "A Year with Frog and Toad," and "Nunsense." The Paradise Community Theater did "Noises Off," "Into the Woods," "The Car," and the most attended play in the history of the Paradise, "Willy Wonka."
3. It was a GREAT year to be near or on a Faribault Lake.
Because of such an early Spring (75 degrees on March 18!) and a late Fall (75 degrees on Thanksgiving!) there were plenty of oppotunities to visit one of Faribault's 10 nearby lakes to see a view like this:
2. Sakatah State Trail was paved/widened and expansion of city trails.
The trails around Faribault have always been one of our best assets and 2012 was a great year for those bikers, walkers and rollerbladers who enjoy them.
Even though we are blessed with the River Bend Nature Center, 750 acres of trails right in the city limits - many people head for the flat Sakatah State Trail which lets them pass by lakes & prairies while visiting quaint towns. Faribault is the hub of the Sakatah State Trail that goes 39-miles to Mankato, so we see many people from around the State come to Faribault to start their journey. Now with the trail getting a smooth makeover along with some new bridges, we plan on seeing lots more folks coming to Faribault.
1. The Faribault Woolen Mill Back in Production - Opens a new Retail Store
So technically both of these things happend in 2011. However, full production at the Mill didn't kick in until 2012 and while there was a small retail store at the factory - the remodeled new version opened in the Spring of 2012. And it was in 2012 that the Faribault Woolen Mill went National with news of their "Made in America" message on all of the major TV networks. Just last month Esquire magazine listed the Mill in its list of "Great American Things."
All of Faribault benefits when a Historic Business like the Faribault Woolen Mill is open because so many people from around Minnesota and the world are familiar with the name and brand. And it seems like most of them came to Faribault in 2012 to buy a piece of history they thought might be gone forever in 2010.
New Faribault Visitor Guide
Faribault is Featured on KTTC-TV!Watch this great report from KTTC-TV Rochester about all the great things Faribault has to offer!
Faribault Featured on KARE-11 NBC Minneapolis on Trippin with Perk Segment
Faribault was featured on on a segment of "Trippin with Perk" (KARE-11 NBC station in Minneapolis) that featured some of the best places in Faribault. Watch the video as Eric Perkins goes to places like: The Caves of Faribault, Paradise Center for the Arts, Burkhartzmeyer shoes, the Academies for the Deaf & Blind, Ivan Whillock Studio, Goldstar Manf. (home of the Tilt-A-Whirl) and Rare Aircraft that has had Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise as customers!
New Faribault Woolen Mill Store Opens!
The Faribault Woolen Mill Re-Opening Story
Faribault’s own Heisman Trophy winner on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”This program will air again on ESPN on December 7 - the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Enjoy Your Stay In Faribault MN
Faribault has so much to offer and see, we are the home of the world famous Tilt-A-Whirl amusement park ride, Shattuck St. Mary's School and Donahue's Greenhouse just to name a few.
Quality maps and visitor's guides are produced by the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and are available throughout the community or by request. Electronic copies of these publications can be found on this web site.
Chamber staff and resources are available to assist with events that draw people to Faribault for a business event, a family reunion, sporting event, special classes, seminars etc. Tour planning assistance is available for large and small groups, with tours of historic sights, arts and entertainment facilities, farms, and lakes.
Contact us for a supply of maps, visitor's guides or a coupon brochure to have available for your next visit or for assistance with your next event.
New Faribault Visitor Guide for 2013
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