One of the most notable facts about Roseau is that it was the birthplace of snowmobiling and Polaris Industries. Today Roseau is still home to the snowmobile and Polaris Industries. Although Polaris is most famous for building snowmobiles they now actually produce more All Terrain Vehicles or ATVs than snowmobiles. Visitors are invited to visit the Polaris Industries assembly plant in Roseau and watch snowmobiles and ATVs being built. Plant tours are Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. Also visit the Polaris Experience Center located just north of the assembly plant and take a trip back to the very beginnings of Polaris in Roseau and the very first snow machines that are the predecessors of today’s snowmobiles. The Experience Center highlights the changes and growth of Polaris to the company it is today with approximately 10,000 employees worldwide and numerous locations throughout the USA and the World. The Experience Center contains a gift shop where various Polaris items can be purchased. Admission to the Experience Center is free.
If you’re a snowmobile enthusiast, you owe it to yourself and your family to pay a visit to the Polaris Experience Center in Roseau.
“Polaris was founded in the small Minnesota town of Roseau. Located just south of the Canadian border. Roseau is home to one of the Polaris facilities that handle Snowmobile and ATV production, plastics manufacturing, aspects of engineering and product testing. One of the main attractions in this community know for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and hockey isn’t just a museum. Instead, the 5,600-square-foot Polaris Experience Center is a self-guided tour, of sorts, through the history of the company that’s been an integral part of life in Roseau for more than 60 years.
From the second snowmobile ever made in 1956, to later innovations such as ATV’s, Side by Side vehicles and motorcycles, it’s quite a ride. Located in the Reed River Trading Co. building just north of the Polaris Roseau Plant, the Experience Center weaves product displays with lifelike exhibits, enlarged photographs and DVD presentations.–including a mini-theater to tell the company’s story
While in Roseau, take a tour of the Polaris plant. The minute you arrive you will truly get a sense of the pride and passion that is Polaris. Without question, it’s a very special place that is the home of a very special global company.”
Experience Center hours are:
Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 6:00pm
Friday 11:00 – 7:00pm
Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm
Polaris Factory Tours:
Monday – Friday at 2:00 pm during regular scheduled production.
Group tours of 15 or more should be arranged ahead of time by calling (218) 463-4999.
Please call ahead of time to ensure tour availability.
Know Before You Go
• No children under 6 are permitted.
• No cell phones or cameras allowed.
• No open toes shoes or sandals allowed to be worn.