Houston Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 3 Houston, MN 55943      507- 896- 4668      

Tourist Information: nature@acegroup.cc 

Member Information: HoustonMNChamber@gmail.com

Located in  "The Mountains of Minnesota"

"The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of businesses and individuals

 working together to advance the economic well being of its members to enhance our community."




Lawn Chair

Concert Series

a Success!


Pictured above is large crowd enjoying

Mollie B.

and the Busta Band

(photo by Ron Evenson)


Houston Attractions

*International Owl Center

*Root River Bike Trail

*Houston Nature Center

*Trailhead Park

*Tubing and Canoeing

*Horseback Riding

and more . . . .



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Houston Participates in the RSDP Meeting

Houston was one of five communities in Minnesota participating in the Sustainable Tourism Assessment coordinated by the University of Minnesota's  Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. Matt Schutte and Hein Bloem presented for Houston. Click the link below and scroll down for their presentation. To read an overview of the final assessment scroll to and click on the link  here  within the report.







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Trailhead Park

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Houston Nature Center

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Horse back riding / Hiking

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Tube and Canoe

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City of Houston

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Root River Trail


Explore Minnesota

Minnesota's State Tourism Site

Historic Bluff Country

(Website gives detailed information about Tourist Opportunities in SE Minnesota)

Historic Bluff Country

Scenic Byway #16

(National Scenic Byway in southeastern Minnesota)

Houston Hoedown

(Houston's Annual Celebration)

Owl Information






Houston Nature Center

Remembering Houston

( A blog with contributions of memories of Houston - add yours)


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Chamber News and Local Events


Houston is one of Minnesota's most recent tourist attractions in Historic Bluff Country. Surrounded by the "Mountains of Minnesota" with the mighty Root River twisting through the valley, outdoor enthusiasts  find a wide variety of entertainment. Because of the beauty of the area , MN Highway 16 has been identified as  a National Scenic Byway.


Southeastern Minnesota - the bluffs, rivers, and trails not only provide a  variety of recreation but also the slowed pace of small town life.  The "Mountains of Minnesota" surround Houston and countless species of nature call them home. Visiting the Houston Nature Center located at the beginning of the state Root River Trail identifies the habitat that exists today and in the past.


For more details about  Southeastern MN  go to www.bluffcountry.com


Houston's  Events

Houston Hoedown

2016 Hoedown - July 29, 30, 31

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Houston Hoedown celebrated its first festival in 1973. Beginning with a modified version of what is offered today, the Hoedown weekend immediately started attracting people from far and wide. Included in the three day celebration, which is always held the last full weekend of July, are events and entertainment nonstop including queen scholarship pageants, tractor pulls, horse pulls, dances, food, flea markets, parades, softball games and more. Everyone loves the small town celebration and each year seems better than the last.

2014 Houston Hoedown Court


Moonlight Hoot Scoot

Friday, October 23, 2015

A fundraiser for the International Owl Center


1 mile Fun Run (7:00 p.m.)

and 5K Race (7:45 p.m.)

on the Root river Trail, starting and ending in Trailhead Park in Houston, MN


Enjoy a night run in nature on the Root River Trail, lit by luminaries. Each participant receives a reusable lighted bracelet to wear as well as a T-shirt featuring the Hoot Scoot logo.

Participants are encouraged to wear an owl costume or owl clothing during the run. Everyone who does will receive a special treat, and the person with the best costume will receive an award.

There will also be photo opportunities with our owl mascot, Hooston.

Expect owl-themed refreshments at the finish.

Cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile Fun Run if you register by October 9. After that date the registration fees are $30 and $25 respectively, and we cannot guarantee a T-shirt.

If you can't participate but just want the cool shirt, we will mail you a shirt for $25, postage & handling included. Orders must be received by October 9.


International Festival of Owls

Owl Information






The International Festival of Owls is the only full-weekend, all-owl event in North America. It began in 2003 simply as a "hatch-day" party for Alice the Great Horned Owl, the Houston Nature Centerís only live animal. Since then it has grown dramatically in size and attendance, with over 1,000 attendees coming from around the world each year. Thereís plenty for everyone to do with live owl programs, bus trips to see and hear wild owls, kids crafts, owl-themed food, nest box building, pellet dissection, photography contests and sessions, a banquet, a variety of speakers, World Owl Hall of Fame awards, a kids owl calling contest and more. (Held the first full weekend in March)


Lions Club

Root River Triathlon

-canoe, bike, run-


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The Houston Lions Club hosts the Root River Triathlon each year on the third Saturday in May. It is a fundraiser that benefits the local community as
well as the world that is operated solely with volunteers. It truly is a community effort that makes this event run so well. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 6.5 mile canoe/kayak start, then an 8 mile scenic bike ride back to Houston. Then, finishes with a 3 mile jog on the beautiful levee system and around town. Awards are presented at noon at the Houston Band shell in Trailhead park. Support and refreshments are provided throughout the event.


Tourist Information: nature@acegroup.cc 

Member Information: HoustonMNChamber@gmail.com



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