Something for everyone; history, museums, golf, fishing, festivals and much more!
We invite you to come spend a few days at the Budget Host Inn and take in all the sights and fun things the area has to offer. Long Prairie is a small town with a wide range of things to do including history, museums, recreation and other activities. If you would like to fly into the Long Prairie you can land at Todd Field on the south side of Long Prairie.
Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes and there are a large number of lakes surrounding Long Prairie. Lake Charlotte on the south end of town has a well maintained sandy beach with bathhouse, diving raft, basketball hoops, and tennis court. There is also a large picnic area with playground equipment, picnic tables and grills. There is a fishing pier on the west side of the lake. Lake Osakis, a famous walleye fishing lake is only 18 miles away. If golf is your game, you will enjoy the beauty of 18 watered fairways at the Long Prairie Golf Course. It is a fun, challenging course. They host many worthy charity tournaments during the summer including Make-a-Wish and Hands of Hope.
For the history buff, plan a visit to the Todd County Museum, Christie House Museum or spend time reflecting at the Veteran's Memorial Park. You could take in all three while walking up and down Long Prairie's Central Avenue. Long Prairie boasts a large Amish community and you will see signs along Highway 27 and county road 11 for fresh eggs, baked and canned goods, fresh produce, as well as hand crafted items such as woven baskets, quilts and wooden chests. During the summer months you will see their buggies along Highway 71 selling their wares. There are also local entrepreneurs who sell there honey and maple syrup as well as a local couple who operate a vinegary.
Long Prairie is also home to a Bowling Alley (with food & liquor) and one of the few existing outdoor movie theatre still in operation. The Long Drive-In shows films starting in May and closes for the season on Labor Day weekend and conjunction with the Classic Car Club rally. Summer in small town American means festivals and there are many fun events going on around the area all season long. These include, but are not limited to, Prairie Fest,Swanville Carnival and the Rose City Threshing & Heritage Festival, and of course the county fair. Long Prairie Tourism hosts a Thursday Arts in the park concert every Thurs. June-August and provides a wide variety of amazing talent. The season is brought to a rousing finale with the world famous Bluegrass group, Monroe Crossing.
There are also many dining options, including Burger King, Subway, Dairy Queen, Griff's Pizza, Countryside Restaurant, Mikey's, Ming Dynasty and the Thunder Lodge Sports Bar. Services club include the VFW and American Legion where you can often times find a weekly fish fry, a game of Bingo or a game of pull tabs with proceeds going to support local activities such as youth hockey and softball teams.
As you can see the opportunities for fun are limitless. We hope to see you soon and don't forget to call ahead for a reservation.