Blue Earth’s motto is “Earth so rich the city grows.” My mother-in-law grew up in Blue Earth so I have been there are few times for various family events. It’s a cute little town with hard-working farmers. With a population of just 3,350, the Blue Earth River surrounds the town and has blue-black clay on the river banks. It’s a beautiful little town. Read on for unique and interesting things to do in Blue Earth.
Visit the Green Giant Statue
One of the main highlights is the Green Giant Statue. It weighs 8,000 lbs wears a size 78 shoe, and is 55.5 feet tall! This towering statue is a symbol of the long standing association between the City of Blue Earth and the Green Giant company, which has been growing and canning peas and corn since 1903. Every winter the giant receives a red Christmas scarf. When we saw him, he was wearing a face mask because we were in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fun fact, as a teenager my mother-in-law worked in quality control in the warehouse. Her job was to ensure no peas or corn were mixed in with each other before being canned. There is also a Giant Museum where you can learn all you ever wanted to know about the jolly green giant! Admission is free.
Try a Norwegian Pale Ale or a Belgian Saison
Visit the Oswald Brewing Company for some interesting beers! They offer Norwegian Pale Ales, Amber Ales, Belgian Saisons, and more. There are also a few restaurants to choose from, including Double Play Bar & Grill, Blue Earth Hometown Restaurant, and China Restaurant. We’ve been to Double Play and it’s a good spot for burgers and sandwiches. Plus it’s crazy cheap, which is one of the perks of spending time in a small town.
Off the Beaten Path
We visited some family members who live just outside town, down a long dirt road surrounded by crops. It’s an adorable little farm home. During a time of so much unrest in our world and Minneapolis specifically, the peace and quiet was much needed.
Blue Earth doesn’t have a ton of options when it comes to restaurants or its nightlife, but the people are kind and sometimes a little simplicity is exactly what you need. I hope this post gives you inspiration so you can find unique things to do in Blue Earth.