There’s much to do in Thief River Falls, so we’ve made it easy for you. Below is a great four-day itinerary for you to use as is or add to and change. The Thief River Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to help, so give us a call when visiting the area at 218-686-9785.
Day 1: Exploring Our Past And Envisioning Our Future!
Begin with a hearty breakfast at one of our great restaurants.
Browse Thief River Falls’ delightful downtown and grab a latte at a local coffee shop.
Take time for a leisurely lunch or grab a snack and meander along the Red Lake River.
Venture to the Peder Engelstand Pioneer Village, 825 Oakland Park Road, to journey into the past. The Village has 19 buildings, including a museum, Victorian house, 2 railroad depots, schoolhouse, church and 7 log houses. Admission is $5 per person. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Head across Hwy. 32 to Digi-Key Electronics, 701 Brooks Ave. for a free tour! Call ahead to reserve, 218-681-6674. Digi-Key is the 5th largest electronic component distributor in North America, 9th largest in the world. Digi-Key ships to140countries andutilizesstate-of-the-art technologies to process its 2-million annual orders.
Relax at your hotel, then have dinner out on the town and check out Thief River Falls’ great night life!
Day 2: Our Great Outdoors–It's For The Birds!
Breakfast at the hotel, pick up a bag lunch and board your vehicle or bus.
Travel 22 miles north to the largest wildlife refuge in Minnesota, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, where you will find over 280 species of birds! Take the “Lost Bay Habitat Drive”, a four-mile, self guided tour route, open from May-October. Three hiking trails are also located within the refuge. Group tours should be arranged by contacting the refuge office at 218-449-4115.
Continue your nature-viewing at Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, where you’ll find wildlife such as waterfowl and other marsh birds, deer, moose, bear, grouse, rabbits, songbirds, sandhill cranes and raptors. Take a walk around the lake or relax on a blanket before heading back into the city.
Stop at Falls Stay ‘N Play for a round of 18-hole miniature golf! You’ll find this great mini golf course, arcade, playground and campground at the junction of Hwy. 59 N. and Hwy. 1 W. Call 218-681-3546 for more information!
Return to your hotel to freshen up before enjoying dinner at one of the city’s terrific dining options and take in some darts or pool at one of our lounges.
Day 3: Explore The Waters, Take A Chance, And Have A Ball!
Have an omelete and coffee at a local restaurant.
Stroll our fascinating River Walk and stop at the nine parks along the route. Fifteen pictographs (like the Ojibwe Village, Ice Harvesting and the Meehan Sawmill), are found along several miles of trail, showing what the view along the river was like many years ago. The Riverwalk travels through town along the Red Lake and Thief Rivers, passing by three forest trails and dam and historical sites such as the Soo Line Railroad Depot and the statue of Chief Meskokonaye.
Take a break for a delicious lunch before heading out of town.
Stop at Seven Clans Casino & Waterpark for the afternoon. Exciting casino floor with slot machines, blackjack tables and Texas Hold’em poker tables. If you’re not a gambler, float around the lazy river or check out the 750ft. of slides at the indoor waterpark before treating yourself to the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!
Head back to Thief River Falls for an evening of fun at Family Bowl, located at 906 Hwy. 32 S.! Open bowling daily – call 218-681-1270 to reserve your lane. There’s also pool and a lounge, and Glow N’ Bowl is offered on the weekends with music and a light show!
Day 4: Ride On The Wild Side!
Breakfast at your hotel.
Explore the shopping opportunitiesThief River Falls has to offer.
Learn everything there is to know about the design, manufacturing and marketing of Arctic Cat snowmobiles and ATVs on a free tour of Arctic Cat, Inc. Located at 600 Brooks Ave. Tours offered seasonally, M-F. Please call ahead for large groups 218-681-8558.