Not Just a Pretty Place
Winona may be small, but it’s big on things to do. Set within the beautiful bluffs of southern Minnesota, Winona has so much to offer.
Whether your adventure level is high and active or if you’re more laid back looking to relax, Winona’s got it going on.
From extreme rock climbing to hiking trails to walking paths, students have plenty of opportunities to get outside and explore.
And with Lake Winona and the Mighty Mississippi each just a short walk from campus, every season lends itself to outside adventure and plenty of outdoor activities.
Whether you prefer kayaking and paddle boarding in the warmer months or ice skating and ice fishing in the winter, there’s year-round fun to be had.
Within walking distance is Winona’s downtown where you can take in a movie, get your groceries, visit local shops, or hit up area nightspots.
For all you foodies, Winona is the perfect mix of the popular chain restaurants you love and local eateries—like coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream parlors—you won’t find anywhere else.
Winona also boasts an active arts and theater community, a vibrant local music scene, and interesting museums.
It’s also home to several lifestyle festivals throughout the year.
No vehicle? No sweat!
WSU students have access to a variety of transportation options.
Rent a bike for free, borrow a car through our Enterprise CarShare program, or catch a bus—Warriors ride the Winona transit for free.
Since Winona State is located in the heart of Winona, you can walk to many places you want to visit.
Whether you’re in the mood to hit downtown or chill by the lake, we’ll help you get to wherever you’re going.