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Stillwater is a great family destination! You might be surprised at the number of things you can find that will appeal to all ages from biking, skiing, picnicking, swimming, boating and kayaking.

Plan your vacation around seasonal events
Summer
  • July 4th Fireworks over the river
  • Summer Tuesdays outdoor movies & music
  • Cruisin’ on the Croix – check out the hot rods and vintage cars
  • Lumberjack Days in July
Fall
  • Harvest Fest & Giant Pumpkin Drop
  • Trick or Treat on Main Street
  • Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & Hay Rides at Axdahl’s
  • Apple Picking at Aamodt’s Apple Farm
Winter
  • Hometown for the Holidays events all December
  • Children’s Twinkle Parade & Tree Lighting
  • Annual Winter Ice Cream Social and Skating Party in January

Kids love….

FUN STUFF – Hop on the Trolley! Start your visit with a 45 minuted narrated StillwaterTrolley tour that gives an insightful look at Stillwater’s history and local lore.  The Biercycle  is a great adventure that holds up to 13 people pedaling for a fun way to see town.

PARKS – Burn off some energy in one of Stillwater’s many parks Lowell Park is right along the river and has a walking path. Pioneer Park is up the hill on 2nd Street and has picnic tables, a playground and fabulous views.

THE HISTORIC LIFT BRIDGE – You can walk across this bridge into Wisconsin. This national historic Stillwater landmark is scheduled to become a pedestrian only bridge by 2017.

CREATIVE CLASSES– Do your kids love to cook, knit, or paint? Drop in to paint pottery or on canvas at Kari’s Create & Paint Studio, try glass fusing at Alchemy Arts Studio or seek out classes at Darn Knit Anyway and Cooks of Crocus Hill.

GET ON THE WATER – Yes, you can rent a pontoon for the family or jump on board an authentic Paddlewheel Cruise for lunch or dinner.   Another option is to rent kayaks, cross-country skis or snowshoes from 45-Degrees located right on Main Street.

SWEETS & TREATS – Give the kids a treat at one of the Historic District’s many candy stores, ice cream or yogurt parlors, pizza places or hot dog places! YUM!

FAMILY FRIENDLY LODGING – Stillwater has many family-friendly lodging places that offer pools and hot tubs to drop into at the end the day.

45 Degrees

229 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.430.3609

Exceptional clothing, footwear, and gear for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it’s a backyard adventure or beyond, we’ll help you get outside with quality goods and fantastic service. 45 Degrees rents kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and cross country skis.

AAMODT’S APPLE FARM

6428 Manning Ave.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.439.3127

Since 1948, three generations of the Aamodt family have been producing some of the best apples to be found in the valley. You’re invited to come and experience the good life in the fall season on this picturesque farm located just minutes from downtown. Fun activities like hay wagon rides, honeycrisp Express, hay bale maze and John Deere tractor trikes.

AAMODT’S HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

P.O. Box 40
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.351.0101

See the St. Croix Valley & River from the air…we are committed to providing a hot air balloon experience for every occasion and budget!

Alchemy Arts Studio

5620 Memorial Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.808.8603

Fused glass is the ancient art of melding and molding glass, blending shapes, colors, and textures. The teaching studio hosts a variety of fused glass classes in a comfortable and fun atmosphere.  Bring a picnic and we supply the tools for a great time. In-studio gallery also displays locally crafted fused glass jewelry, home decor, garden art, and lamps.

ALL AMERICAN SEGWAY

8312 Neal Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
507.206.0988

Choose from 3 Tours in Stillwater. 1hr Gateway Jr. 2hr Gateway Glide, or 3hr Taste of Stillwater (food included on the 3hr tour). Join the fun May 1st-October 31st. Ages 14+.

BIERCYCLE ADVENTURES

Pedestrian Mall on Water St
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.300.2202

BierCycle Adventures provides a fun and interactive way to explore beautiful downtown Stillwater. Our bike can hold up to 10 eager pedalers, and 3 non-pedalers, for a tour through downtown and along the river. Join us for a public tour, or reserve our bike for a private tour with friends and family. All are welcome to join the adventure at BierCycle Adventures!

Blueberry Fields of Stillwater

9450 Mendel Road North
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.351.0492

Pick your own fresh, local, flavorful, nutrient-rich blueberries in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Located about 4 miles from the lift bridge and open to the public for pick your own blueberries during harvest season, which is usually in July and early August. Great family activity.

Boat Rentals

One of the best places to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful St. Croix River is on it! Daily pontoon rentals for the half and full day or join the boat club and enjoy luxury boating for less with the Stillwater Boat Club. Conveniently located downtown Stillwater. The St. Croix River is also a part of Your Boat Club which is a great alternative to owning a boat giving you access to a variety of types of boats on multiple bodies of water near the Twin Cities.

Boat rental available at two marinas:

Stillwater Boat Club
422 East Mulberry St.
651-439-9000

Ole Sawmill Marina
2009 Lake St. N.
651-231-2025

Thinking about purchasing your very own vessel? Talk to the experts right downtown at Tetzlaff Yacht Sales 888.658.9504!

Gateway Trailside

Lansing Ave N/Gateway State Trail
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

If you get hungry or thirsty while biking, be sure to seek out this food truck along the trail to re-energize! Access the food truck via the Gateway Trail near mile marker 15 between hwy 96 and Lansing Ave. If you are on the Brown’s Creek trail, it’s located just north of the intersection of the Gateway and Brown’s Creek trail.

GEOCACHING IN STILLWATER AREA

Discover hidden treasures near Stillwater with this fun family adventure guided by a GPS device to find specific coordinates where secrets are kept for hikers to find. Search the Stillwater zip code 55082 on www.geocaching.com to find out what’s nearby or download an app for your smart phone.  GPS rentals are also available at 45 Degrees, for group-lead history geocaching hunts Wahoo Adventures or at Minnesota State Parks such as Willian O’Brien who offer free geo-caching tools.

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE, WASHINGTON COUNTY

101 W. Pine St. Corner of 3rd and Pine
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.275.7075

The oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota – this magnificent 1867 Italianate style building offers guided tours year-round. Contains the old county Jail and Washington County Courtroom. National Historic Register. Available for weddings and events. Check events calendar for historic exhibits or special events as well.

HISTORIC LIFT BRIDGE

Lowell Park on Myrtle & Water Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Stillwater’s lift bridge (1931) spans the St. Croix River between Stillwater and Houlton, WI and is one of three remaining lift bridges in the U.S. today. Construction is underway to build a new bridge nearby and use the Historic Lift Bridge as a walking/biking bridge. Check out the lift bridge schedule to see when you can watch it go up/down!

HISTORIC MAIN STREET

Over 100 owner-operated shops and restaurants along Stillwater’s historic Main Street (on  National Historic Register).  Open year-round. Antiques, art galleries, fashion boutiques, home furnishings, decor, gifts, indoor and outdoor dining and more. Seeking a historic treasure? Stillwater is one of America’s Top 10 Towns for Antiquing with several multi-dealer antique malls and vintage reclaimed/up-cycled shops.

Historic Walking Tour & Video – South Hill Homes

416 4th St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

With funding assistance from the State Historic Preservation Office’s Certified Local Government grant program, the City of Stillwater’s South Hill Homes Walking Tour is the second in a series of public education tours. View videos on your smart phone at each stop on this self-guided tour to learn a little more about each historic home just south of downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. Highlights the story of 18 historic homes in two loops – Pine Street and Chestnut Street. Download/print Homes Tour.

Historic Walking Tour & Videos – Downtown

Lowell Park
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

With funding assistance from the State Historic Preservation Office’s Certified Local Government grant program, the City of Stillwater’s Downtown Walking Tour is the first in a series of public education tours. View videos on your smart phone at each stop on this self-guided tour to learn a little more about 14 historic sites in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. Brochure of the walking tour included in the Stillwater Visitor Guide. Download/print Downtown Tour Map.

Horseback Riding

12582 Otchipwe Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.468.6050

Ride the beautiful Gateway Trail with seasoned trail guides on horseback! Come by yourself; bring a date or your group. Rides are by reservation only.

Kari’s Create & Paint Studio

221 Chestnut St. E.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.500.6588

Paint your own pottery and canvas studio where you are the artist.  All the materials are provided and an inspiring environment for your creativity to flow. Walk-ins welcome – there’s great local coffee so come in and paint! Book your next event at Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – From birthdays and bachelorette parties to showers and school outings – they can host any event, or come on-site at your desired location.

Kids Oasis

120 Main St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.342.1757

Indoor play space for families with young children (0-8 years old) to use their imagination through creative play. Exclusive rentals of the entire space also available for birthday parties, parent group meeting space, family gatherings, or even weddings as a place to keep the littlest ones entertained between the ceremony and reception or as a Sunday morning fun the day after. Located next to Gammy & Gumpy’s toy store on Main Street.

Lens Flare Stillwater

Downtown Stillwater Various Locations
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

This is a web-based FREE app that allows you to view historical sites in Stillwater, Minnesota linked to their GPS locations – view how the site looked in the past right on your smartphone! It is a tribute to well known photographer John Runk and includes current and historical photos, audio and written narratives along with the surprise and magic of today’s digital image and location technology. The Lens Flare Stillwater project won The Great Idea Competition in 2016 from The Stillwater Area Foundation. Carry the history of Stillwater in your pocket while travelling through a geo-location time tunnel!  To experience historic Stillwater from an armchair, people use the web site by itself.

Marquess Studios

305 Greeley St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.592.8657, email preferred hello@marquessstudios.com

Led by a local art-loving, creative, re-purposing junkey, Marquess Studios is a unique space to attend a crafty workshop, host a girls night out Pinterest party, request custom orders via private appointment, or stop by for exclusive trunk shows. They have hand selected unique and vintage components to create jewelry, accessories, gifts and treasures that are one-of-a-kind. Her neat collection of items enhance special events, milestones, team-building and every-day conversation. Take a look at the event calendar and portfolio of recent creations! The studio space is located in historic Stillwater in a charming yellow house (which also happens to be the second oldest home) just up from the historic Lowell Inn on Myrtle St.

Pioneer Park

515 North 2nd St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.430.8837

Stop by for one of the best view of Stillwater as the park is perched on a bluff on the northern side of downtown. Playground, shelter, BBQ, private rental spaces for weddings and events. Pioneer Park is maintained by the City of Stillwater. Voted Best View in 2016 by City Pages!

River City Sculpture Tour

Stillwater’s historic district downtown will feature a year-long outdoor exhibit of free public art as multiple art sculptures by Midwest artists will be on display as part of a multi-city tour in the the St. Croix and Mississippi River Valleys.  Stroll downtown to see what you can find, snap a photo and don’t forget to #DiscoverStillwater! Here is a Map of all 10 exhibits.

Scenic Drives

Hwy. 95
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Stillwater is located on the St. Croix Scenic Byway (State Hwy. 95 which runs through historic downtown Main Street) and is not far off the path of one of America’s Byways called the Great River Road in MN or WI that runs along the Mississippi River from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico (from hwy 61 in Hastings, MN head north on Hwy 95) . Take the scenic drive listed on MotorcycleRoads.us (Hwy 95/Saint Croix Trail north from downtown Stillwater) for great ride from Stillwater to Taylor’s Falls, MN. More about Minnesota Scenic Byways.

ST. CROIX BOAT & PACKET CO. RIVER CRUISES

525 South Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.430.1234

Welcome to St. Croix Boat & Packet! We offer daily public lunch and dinner cruises on board our Paddlewheel Boats on the scenic St. Croix River.   Our private charters can accommodate groups of 25 to 675. Contact us today and we would be happy to assist you in planning your excursion. Seasonal business typically May-October.

Stillwater Balloons

PO Box 843
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.439.1800

Whether you are seeking an intimate and romantic excursion, a joy-filled, visually spectacular, once in a life time event, or a gorgeous gravity defying adventure, each flight will embrace your dreams and satisfy your desires. Enjoy the sensational experience of gently drifting over the beautiful and picturesque St. Croix River Valley.

Stillwater Bowl & Indoor Golf Lounge

5862 Omaha Avenue
Oak Park Heights, MN (view map)
651.439.2444

Retro bowling – carpeted walls, old-school bowling shoes, cosmic bowling, pizza and of family fun right in Stillwater. Features 24 lanes, bar, lounge and indoor full-swing golf simulator experience. Open bowling times, moonlight bowling, and karaoke weekly.

STILLWATER LIBRARY

224 3rd St. North
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.275.4338

The original 1901 design was a one story Renaissance Revival made possible by Andrew Carnegie. Many changes have taken place over the years but much original beauty remains including stained glass windows and wrought iron shelving. The library rooftop deck provides a stunning view of downtown and the St. Croix River.

Stillwater Trolley

400 Nelson Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.430.0352

Hold on to your seat as you tour the hills and narrow streets of historic Stillwater, Minnesota’s oldest town and the 1848 Birthplace of Minnesota. 45 minute narrated tours run daily typically May through October. Check website for times. New specialty tours – kids story time, progressive craft beer and dinner tours, and tours of the Bed & Breakfasts on Tuesdays. Available for group reservations – perfect for wedding parties and other occasions!

TEDDY BEAR PARK

S. 2nd St. & Nelson St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.430.8800

An award-winning urban seasonal park is a paradise for toddlers up to age seven. Kids climb on giant Teddy Bears, a giant train, and a crazy tree house with slides. Parking available across the street. FREE and open to the public 8am-8pm mid-April through mid-October. Adjacent building available for private rental. Teddy Bear Park is maintained by the City of Stillwater. Voted one of the Best Playgrounds in Minnesota by WCCO!

Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo! Adventures offers guided 90 minute kayaking tours every Tuesday morning at 8:30am.  Make reservations by calling the Stillwater Trolley at 651.430.0352 – they will provide a 5 minute trolley ride to meet your guide.  You can also book your own private kayak or bicycle tour for 2 – 20 people by calling us directly.  Enjoy the best the St. Croix Valley has to offer on the river or on the local bicycle trails.  In the winter we can get you to a local state or county park for a snowshoe adventure.  We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need!  No experience necessary.

Zephyr Studio

421 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.373.7026

Classes for students in grades 1-12 to explore and study drama, comedy, or musical theatre while sharpening your acting skills in our temporary Main Street studio location.  Find class descriptions on our website.

Future plans: As a professional theatre in the St. Croix Valley, The 300-seat Zephyr Theatre at the old train depot will produce productions of the highest quality that are visually, acoustically, and artistically beautiful. We will create and revive classic musicals and plays, while incorporating music, musical cultures, and dance into the live arts in meaningful ways.

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