Pine Island is located in southeast Minnesota along the beautiful banks of the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River and was given its name by the American Indian term Wa-zu-wee-ta which translates to Island of Pines. Pine Island is rich with Minnesota history which can be found throughout its historic Main Street, at the History Center and at the creamery building at the city park.
Pine Island is the home of the Douglas Trail which dates back from 1902 and crosses outstanding rural scenery, traversing some of the richest agricultural land in Minnesota from forest and rolling fields to pastures and country roads. Explore the Douglas Trail on foot, horseback or on two wheels utilizing the Borrow-A-Bike program located right at the edge of the trail in the City Park.
Plan your visit around one or more of our city’s seasonal events:
• Our annual Pine Island Cheese Festival dates from 1936 and is held the first weekend in June each year to commemorate the city’s vast dairy history that once included 43 cheese factories and a 1911 world record 6,000 pound block of cheese.
• Our annual Pine Island Winterfest is held on the last Saturday of January and it entails a plethora of family friendly events such as snowmobile rides, cooks outs, skating, snowshoeing and storytelling.
• The always anticipated City Wide Garage sale brings hundreds of visitors and treasure seekers to the Pine Island community on the last weekend of each April.
• Our local Island Classics car club’s monthly car show at the City Park with live music and vendors one Saturday each month.
Or plan your visit for the events that happen each and every day in the community such as taking advantage of the historic walks that are available through our History Center. These walks will not just take you throughout our City but throughout time in our City. You can even catch a play or music event in our city bandstand or our Historic Olde Pine Theatre.
Come to visit, come to stay and be a part of our quaint and growing community that supports our community organizations such as the Lions Club, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H along with our many academic, athletic and extra-curricular activities put on by our rated top 100 schools of Minnesota! See you on the banks of the Zumbro!