SHOP. DINE. STROLL BACK IN TIME.
In February of 2015 our beautiful Historic Downtown Owatonna became a National Register Historic District. The district was listed on the National Register as a distinct example of a downtown business district that served as the commercial center of the county and region. The streetscape project was completed fall of 2022 creating a pedestrian friendly environment.
The historic district consists of twelve city blocks, in part or in whole, including Central Park which is the focal point of the district. The park is fronted by three properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places: the National Farmers Bank (1907-1908, NHL) on the north, the Steele County Courthouse (1891-1892) on the southeast, and the Firemen’s Hall (1907) on the south. The district contains a total of 75 contributing buildings and one contributing park (Central Park, 1871). The contributing buildings range in date from 1876 to the late 1950s.
Use the Historic Walking Tour Brochure as a guide as you explore the unique architecture and history of the downtown. Pick up a brochure at the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, or at many of the stores downtown.
Spend the day in Downtown Owatonna discovering unique items at boutiques like Lilly and Rose, Hidden Rose, Spotted Sunflower, Bellebrook, and Urban Loft, for stylish clothing and decor. Browse the shelves at the Little Professor Book Center, and find a new favorite pair of boots at Owatonna Shoe and stylish workwear at Graif Clothing. Find the perfect gift at Central Park Framing and Finds, and discover beautiful necklaces and rings at Kottke Jewelers. Explore the musical instruments at Tone Music, and pick up your bike gear at Straight River Sports & Fitness.
Come visit on a Saturday from May through October and shop at the Farmers Market in Central Park. The market is packed with farm-fresh produce, homemade goodies, houseplants, crafts and fresh cut flowers. Grab lunch at one of Owatonna’s local dining options listed on the downtown map. Don’t forget dessert!