Located near the Iowa Border, Fairmont is known for its parks and five lakes, where residents and visitors can fish, swim, boat, jet ski and windsurf. There are a variety of nearby public and private golf courses; an Aquatic Park featuring two 3-story waterslides; and a Community Education and Recreation program to help all ages better appreciate and take advantage of the outdoors.
There are nearly 400 acres of scenic parkland in Fairmont alone with several surrounding Martin County parks, which feature various landscapes for hikers, bikers and wanderers. Visitors to the area will find 29 parks that include playgrounds, athletic fields, green spaces and flower gardens. And when winter comes to Southern Minnesota, these same grounds turn into a wonderland for ice skaters, cross country skiers, and snowmobilers.
For more information on recreation in the area, visit VisitFairmontMN.com.
Arts & Culture
Fairmont’s civic life is both diverse and lively. Locals on the prowl can take in a movie at Fairmont Theater, go bowling at Bowlmor Lanes, take in local art openings at The Red Rock Center or dress up and enjoy an evening at the historic Fairmont Opera House.
The Historical Downtown District and the Five Lakes Centre (located off Hwy 15) offer a host of modern retail, specialty shops and legendary second hand shopping. After a busy day browsing, there’s a host of historic watering holes for the adults. And the whole family can enjoy casual and fine dining at one of the area’s over 20 restaurants.
The central mission of Fairmont Area Schools is “Inspired Living for Life.” And there are a number of public and private institutions well suited to reach that goal.
Those seeking a higher education will find a thriving, diverse student body at Presentation College, known for helping people with a desire to work in health-related fields.
The Fairmont Workforce Center is staffed to help connect ambitious workers and growing businesses, offers workshops and other trainings. The Fairmont Economic Development Authority (FEDA) partners with the Martin County Economic Development Authority to offer a variety of informative and educational programs to local businesses.
The Area Career Exploration Event gives students the opportunity to interact with businesses, nonprofit organizations and higher-education representatives about career opportunities in the area.
To learn more about the area’s educational institutions and offerings, visit FairmontAreaLife.com.