The sights and sounds of the prairie and history come alive in Rock County: The Cornerstone of Minnesota.
Luverne, the county seat, offers a wide array of experiences for visitors to enjoy!
A few miles north of Luverne, experience the prairie at Blue Mounds State Park. The park is home to a thriving herd of bison, abundant nature trails, camping facilities, bike trails and Sioux quartzite cliffs (perfect for rock climbers.) Travel a few miles west to experience Touch the Sky Prairie – a Native Northern Tallgrass Prairie Refuge that features 1,000 acres open for the public enjoyment and operated in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation.
As one of the four communities featured in Ken Burns’ 2007 WWII documentary, THE WAR, Luverne offers visitors the chance to reconnect with the rich history of that period. Newly renovated exhibit space at the Rock County Courthouse Square features exhibits that build on the story told in the Burns documentary. The Herreid Military Museum features the story of soldiers from Rock County and their service to our nation from the Civil War through WWII. Soon, this museum will expand to another floor to share the stories of service members from Korea through the War on Terror.
Located on the first floor and lower level of the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building is the famed Brandenburg Gallery. This photographic and sales gallery features over 200 prize-winning images by nature photographer and Luverne native Jim Brandenburg.
Experience live theatre or watch the latest movie at the Historic Palace Theatre, celebrating its 100th birthday in 2015. The charm of the Victorian era will touch your heart with a visit to the beautifully restored Hinkly House, home of one of Luverne’s founding families. Witness the best in fine art when you stop by the Carnegie Cultural Center, home to the thriving arts community. Uncover the past at the Rock County Museum, home to an extensive collection of archived local information, photos and historic artifacts.
Pick up a self-guided tour where you can follow the footsteps of the past – Luverne Historic Homes and Luverne Main Street. Learn about the personal stories of former residents with – Tales From the Graves – where you wander through our local cemeteries reading about their colorful pasts.
Enjoy one of the great experiences of life when you stop out at the Verne Drive-In Theatre to enjoy the latest motion picture releases during the summer season.
Explore the outdoors at the beautiful Luverne City Park or at Pocket Parks located throughout the community. Get your exercise with a ride or a walk on the 6-mile Blue Mound Trail, play a round of golf at Luverne Country Club, paddle down the Rock River or shoot a round at the Rock County Sportsmen’s Club. Swim and exercise any time of the year at the beautiful Luverne Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Shop your heart out at some of the most unique shops in the Midwest. These locally owned shops offer unique merchandise including custom-made, American made only, and unique imports with A-1 customer service!
Any time of the day or night…you will find something to do in Luverne, MN!