Group Tours

Bring your group of 10 or more people to Historic Forestville for a private tour. Open year round for adult group tours and school field trips.

Please make a reservation for your group at least two weeks prior to your visit by contacting 507-765-2785 or forestville@mnhs.org.

Base tour

A group explores historic Forestville in the fall.

Forestville tour

Take a guided tour and get the full Historic Forestville experience! Connect with historic figures of the town to explore the choices these individuals faced at the turn of the 20th century and compare their experiences to your own life.

The tour begins at the visitor center and travels through the garden, kitchen, Meighen family house and offices, and general store filled with original 19th-century merchandise. 

  • Group rate: $8 per person
  • Tour leader and bus driver get in for free

Optional add-ons to make it a full-day experience

A tour group listens to a guide on an old bridge.

Guided hike

Join a Historic Forestville interpreter on a guided hike of either north or south Forestville and hear all about the rest of the town. 

North Forestville hike: Zumbro Hills Cemetery, Second School Houses, Foster House, Sugar Camp Hollow, John Gill's Brickyard.
South Forestville hike: Fillmore County's first distillery, Public square, Blacksmith's shop, Meighen & Ludke's Sawmill, Henry & Winlow's Gristmill

  • Group rate: $6 per person
  • Hikes are between 1 and 1.5 miles and 75-90 minutes on unpaved trails. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather

 

A family eating lunch outside.

Boxed lunch from Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shop

Enjoy lunch and take in the scenery at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park’s many great picnic spots with a boxed lunch from the always delicious Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shop in nearby Preston, Minnesota. Boxed lunches include either a half ($5) or full ($7) sandwich, a cookie and a bag of chips. 

  • Gluten free options are available on request for $1 extra
  • Boxed lunches must be arranged at least one week ahead of your scheduled tour