Pine Island—less than an hour south of the Twin Cities and an easy 15-minute drive north from Rochester—is located along the beautiful banks of the Zumbro River. Pine Island was given its name by the American Indian term Wa-zu-wee-ta which translates to Isle of Pines. Our community 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. Dating back to 1902, Pine Island is the home of the Douglas Trail which 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, entailing 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 features live music and vendors one Saturday each month.
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, 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!