Find Inspiration for Your Day Trip to Northfield, Minnesota

Things to do in Northfield
The Cannon River in Northfield

Plan Your Day Trip to Northfield, Minnesota

A Quaint River Town

Northfield, Minnesota is the perfect place for your next day trip. It’s a quaint town located about 40 miles south of the Twin Cities. Around 1914, Northfield declared its official town slogan “Cows, Colleges and Contentment.”

In 2014, Northfield ranked number two for best small towns in the country. This charming river town has beautiful parks, great restaurants with outdoor patios, farmers markets and a handful of very trendy shops.

St. Olaf college in Northfield Minnesota

Talking a walk around St. Olaf campus with my Newfie, Ole

Walk around Division Street and the College Campuses

The main street, called Division Street, runs parallel to the Cannon River. In the summers there are farmers markets set up in the town square selling baked goods and coffee, along with handmade crafts and home goods. You can also walk to Carleton College or St. Olaf College. Both have beautiful buildings on campus.

You can also spend a good chunk of time looking around the gift shops on Division Street. Some of my favorites are Northfield Olive Oil and Vinegars, the Rare Pair, which sells gorgeous wool sweaters, shoes and jewelry. There is also an antique and yarn shop. Content Bookstore is another great place to check out.


Froggy's Northfield Minnesota Restaurant

Grabbing lunch with friends at Froggy’s

Grab a Bite to Eat Along the Cannon River

Northfield has a wide variety of food options. There’s the Contented Cow with a great outdoor patio facing the Cannon River. They often have live music. Chapati is an Indian restaurant with very cool decor and big portions.

We also love going to Fielder’s, which is classic American food, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. They have a huge menu so there is a great variety. Reunion is a new upscale restaurant. The prices are a bit more than the surrounding restaurants, but it’s nice to have a fancy option in town. We also love Froggy’s, which has a large outdoor seating area right on the water.

Imminent Brewery Northfield Minnesota

Trying flights at Imminent Brewery

Grab Some Drinks in Town

For drinks, we love visiting Imminent Brewery. They always have great food trucks and recently started serving food in-house. This is our go to spot, and I love getting a flight to try their ever changing beer list. We’ve also been to Tanzenwald Brewing Company on the other side of town. It’s a small space, which I think is intimate and nice. They have great beer and incredible burgers! My husband said his burger was one of the best he’s ever had in Minnesota. Lastly, check out the tiny Chapel Brewery for some brews away from the crowds.

Practice Yoga or Pick Berries

One of my favorite places in Northfield is the Heartwork Yoga studio. They often partner with other local businesses for events, like the time they offered a free yoga class at a blueberry farm. Family owned Little Hill Berry Farm offered the first pound of blueberries free to all yogis after class. The farm was large and the berries were so sweet! Filling your pail with fresh berries is definitely a fun activity to do with friends and family.

Things to do in Northfield
Little Hill Berry Farm
Things to do in Northfield MN
Yoga class at the berry farm

Go Bowling or Visit an Arboretum

There’s the Northfield Historical Society, the Cowling Arboretum on Carleton College’s campus, a bowling alley and a family owned movie theater.

You can easily pack a lot of fun in to a day trip here. And if you have the time, spend a weekend. It’s a really lovely town.

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