Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Toy Museum

National Farm Toy Museum (Dyersville, IA)

Take a small scale adventure into the history of agriculture! Revel in the Museum’s collections of farm toys and unique exhibits on ag’s amazing history.

LARK Toys (Kellogg, MN)

The carousel at LARK Toys is unlike any other carousel in the world. Hand-carved from Minnesota basswood and with exquisite detail, each animal is a rideable work of art.

Children’s Museum of La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)

This children’s museum in historic La Crosse, WI offers hands-on learning and play via three floors of interactive exhibits, 28’ climbing wall, gift shop and more!

Pink Palace Museum (Memphis, TN)

The Clyde Parke Miniature Circus exhibit resides on the second story of the Mansion. Also a totally reconstructed original Piggly Wiggly Store replica and Country Store.

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum (Fountain City, WI)

Come see over 100 cars and trucks, as well as thousands of antique toys and tools.  Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.