Local Attractions

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Come cool off from the summer heat at the Dorothy A. Olson Aquatic Center. Our facility offers guests a number of entertainment options for people of all ages. There are two raging water slides. One slide is fully enclosed the entire way down and the other open with both emptying into an attached plunge pool. For the younger guests, we have interactive play features and a mini slide all surrounded by a zero depth entry play pool that gets 18 inches deep. People that just want to have some fun in the water have a six lane recreation pool to enjoy ranging from three to five feet deep. Our two 1-meter diving boards stand over a 10 foot deep diving well. When it’s time for a break, swimmers have a choice between getting some sun in our chaise lounges, cooling off in the shade under our 20 foot umbrellas or getting a snack or light meal at our full-service concession stand. Both season and day passes are available. Amenities:

  • Chaise Lounges
  • Concessions
  • Umbrellas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Attractions
  • Two 1-meter diving boards
  • Two towering water slides
  • Kiddie slide
  • Zero depth pool with interactive toy features
  • Six lane 25-yard recreational pool

Eagle Creek Golf Course

Eagle Creek is an eighteen-hole semi-private golf club, available to the public. The course was opened in 1931 as a nine-hole facility. This original layout, featuring small greens and an abundance of mature trees, has remained virtually unchanged since it was first constructed.

In 1962, an additional nine holes were added, and, in 1994, completely renovated. This modern layout includes strategically placed water hazards and bunkers, increasing both the beauty and challenge of the course. The combination of these two very different nines creates a true challenge for all skill levels.

Those who play Eagle Creek will enjoy a well-maintained golf course, a full-service practice facility and a PGA staffed golf shop providing the finest in merchandise and services. In addition, an excellent selection of snacks, beverages and fine dining is available at the Oaks Lounge & Oaks at Eagle Creek restaurant.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play one of the finest and most picturesque golf courses in West Central Minnesota.


Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA

The YMCA is a non-profit recreational facility serving the Kandiyohi County Area. Recreational, social and educational programs are available for all ages. The facility includes a full-service wellness center, walking/jogging track, two pools, a waterslide, gymnasium, indoor playground, teen center, nursery, child care center and locker rooms. Guest passes are available. The YMCA is proud to provide scholarships to those who qualify.


Mr. B Chocolatier

55 Different Kinds of Hand Crafted Truffles and Belgian Chocolates.

Our chocolates are all hand made daily with only the freshest ingredients from around the world. Minnesota dairy cream, European style butter, marzipan from Germany, wild strawberries & cherries from Italy, vanilla beans from Madagascar, flavorings and cocoa butter from Switzerland, cocoa powder from Holland and candied flower petals from France.

Dwight has traveled all over the world with his photography business and always frequented the local shops throughout Europe. He found some of the best chocolatiers in Switzerland and Belgium. His love for chocolates brought him back again and again, 25 years ago he started making truffles with Peter Huggler of Switzerland for gifts and weddings. Then about 15 years ago he was mentored by Hans Burie in the art of fine Belgian chocolate making. He has over 200 recipes and adding new chocolates all the time.

History

For 50 years, Dwight Barnes worked as a professional photographer. He grew up in Appleton, Minnesota and after studying photography in Cokato he bought a studio in Willmar. But, he found his love for chocolate launched him into a second career as a chocolatier.

He started out simply enough, making chocolates for his 11 children and 20 plus grandchildren at Christmas and Holidays. He was an active member of the North American Console of Professional Photographers and started the World Console of Professional Photographers in Europe and was it’s president from 1986-1990. He traveled throughout Europe with the World Console and to visit his children. Through these visits he made many connections in the different countries. Mr. Barnes frequented many of Europe’s best bakeries and shops in search of the most mouthwatering, richest chocolate in the world. During his travels, he began to take an interest in becoming a chocolatier and selling these fine European chocolates in the United States. Finally, on a trip to Antwerp, Belgium, he happened on “the best chocolatier in the world,” Mr. Hans Burie. Dwight convinced the owner to mentor him, he spent 3 months in hands-on training learning how to make this fine chocolate from scratch.

Mr. B’s has won several awards and the “Taste Of Chocolate” in Bloomington and picked “Best Chocolate” voted by Star & Tribune. However, the best award is our customers satisfaction.

The key to Mr. B’s success is that his hand-molded chocolates are made from the highest-quality ingredients imported from around the world. There are no preservatives in the chocolates he produces, only pure chocolate and other flavorful ingredients. Mr. B uses “Callebaut” Chocolate, imported from Belgium and the ingredients for the centers of the pralines are made from fresh Minnesota dairy cream, European style butter from Pennsylvania, marzipan from Germany, wild strawberries and cherries from Italy, vanilla beans from Madagascar, flavorings and cocoa butter from Switzerland, cocoa powder from Holland and candied flower petals from France.

Mr. B’s eldest daughter, Kathy, and her husband, Steve, took over the chocolate business in 2009. Mr. Barnes continues to frequently offer his expertise to the rest of the chocolate making family. One daughter, Sue Kallevig, runs the kitchen. Another, Mary, runs the retail store and a grandson is already a junior chocolatier! While Mr. B primarily makes his delectable delights for fun, now the business will continue with his recipes to provide quality, European style!


The Barn Theatre

This precious pocket of talent is one of the area’s finest live performing theaters. Visit the website to find out about upcoming events.


Willmar Public Library

  • 410 5th Street SW
  • Willmar, MN 56201
  • Visit website
  • Email: willmar@willmar.lib.mn.us
  • 320-235-3162
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday closed

The Willmar Public Library is a member of the Pioneerland Library System serving Willmar and surrounding communities. We invite you to come in and see what we have to offer: books, magazines, videos, music and books on tape, computers, Internet access – it’s all free and it’s all at YOUR library.



The Willmar Stingers

The Willmar Stingers Baseball Team are the newest members of the Northwoods League. The Stingers will play their home games at Bill Taunton Stadium at Baker in Willmar. Enjoy great stadium food and drinks while watching some exciting Northwoods League Baseball.


Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

Welcome to Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. We are a nonprofit education center committed to providing outstanding environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of all ages.

Cross country and hiking trails are open during daylight hours seven days a week. Enjoy beautiful 500-acre outdoor classroom featuring self-guided trails through prairie, woods and wetlands with 7 miles of hiking and groomed cross country ski trials. PWELC rents cross country ski’s for a minimal fee.

We provide:

  • Environmental Education Programs
  • Challege Course Activities
  • Living History and Time Travel
  • Meeting, Retreat, and Conference Facilities
  • And Much Much More!

We serve:

  • Students
  • Youth Groups
  • Corporate and Business Groups
  • Community Organizations
  • Family Gatherings

Sibley State Park

  • 800 Sibley Park Road NE
  • New London, MN 56273
  • Visit website
  • 320-354-2055
  • Hours: Open year-round
Sibley Provides you access to…”Nature at its Best”

One of Minnesota’s top 20 attractions, Sibley provides access to 2,900 acres of a rich mosaic of colorful prairies, hills, lush hardwood forests, bountiful wetlands and cool, clear lakes. Throughout the seasons, miles of trails provide an enjoyable access to Sibley State Park, a place for experiencing “Nature at its Best.”

Sibley State Park’s Naturalist Activities…Fun Learning for the Whole Family

Are you the type of person who would like to know more about Sibley State Park’s and Kandiyohi County’s rich, natural diversity of plants, animals and geology? Sibley State Park naturalists provide year-round fun, learning experiences for the whole family.

Birding

Sibley State Park is probably the best place in the county to look for Passerines, especially Warblers. Sibley was formerly a prairie ecosystem and several prairie remnants are kept intact by the park staff. Birding is as varied here as the habitat with more than 206 different species of birds having been seen. You can find everything from Wild Turkeys, Ruffed Grouse, Eastern Bluebirds and Field Sparrows to all the expected Woodpeckers. This is also a good location for Cuckoos, Thrushes, Tanagers and Barred Owls.

Programs and Services

Visitor Center located in the Interpretive Center. Three exhibit rooms in the upper level of Interpretive Center focus on wetlands, geology and terrestrial features of the park. Lower area includes an auditorium and trail center. In winter the trail center is used as a warming house. The park provides wood for stove in the trail center. Flush toilets are also located in the center.

Interpretive Exhibit located in the Interpretive Center. Three exhibit rooms in the upper level of Interpretive Center focus on wetlands, geology and terrestrial features of the park.

Naturalist Programs are done year-round. Programs operate out of the Interpretive Center. Program schedule is posted in the Interpretive Center.

Historic Sites Numerous buildings and roads in the park were built by the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) in the 1930s. A kiosk that carries interpretive information about the VCC and VCC-built facilities is located in the beach area. Rentals—Boat and canoe rentals are available from Memorial weekend through Labor Day at the Sibley Beach Store. Geocaching Wildlife Safari—Bring your own GPS unit or use one of the park’s hand-held units for free. As time permits, park staff will be available to give you helpful tips and geocaching information.

Special Exhibits Most nature activities originate from the modern interpretive/trail center that provides three exhibit rooms filled with attractive and interactive displays.

Recreation Facilities

  • Picnic areas (3)
  • Picnic shelter
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Swimming beach
  • Fishing pier
  • Geocaching Wildlife Safari
  • Boat/Canoe Routes
  • Nature Trail
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Warming House
  • Winter Sledding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Horseback Riding Trails/Camps

Little Crow Water Ski Team

  • 311 2nd Ave SE
  • New London, MN 56273
  • Visit website
  • 320-354-5684
  • Hours: Preformances every Friday evening (Summer Months)

Come along and join the worldly adventures of Little Crow as we go on a journey performing ski acts in search of new talent. Whether it be the Pyramids of Egypt or the Outback of Australia our mission is to entertain you while exploring the “four corners of the world”. With the current economic challenges, you can take “World Tour” at very affordable rates. Travel with Little Crow as we take you on a global adventure!

Take pleasure in the many humorous situations as our skiers and tour guides will be surprised and challenged by various nation’s traditions and customs.

Come and enjoy the many adventures and entertaining activities of Little Crow as we “tour the world” seeking out talent and new water skiing ideas. Watch carefully as our destinations quickly change and we “attempt” to incorporate the culture and local customs into our ski acts.

Little Crow has performed and competed for 30 years, and has put countless titles under their belt including two National and 16 Regional Championships. While attending the Little Crow Ski show, you will see top quality skiers perform pyramids, jumping, barefooting, ballet lines, and more.


Kandiyohi County Historical Society and Museum

  • 610 Hwy 71 NE
  • Willmar, MN 56201
  • Visit website
  • Email: kandhist@msn.com
  • 320-235-1881
  • Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The museum features exhibits devoted to Kandiyohi County history, including early transportation, Indian artifacts, immigration and a variety of other exhibits. There is no admission charge for individuals or groups. Anyone interested in the background and history of Kandiyohi County is welcome!