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Ten Best Things to Do in Stillwater, MN

Stillwater lies on the banks of the St. Croix River and boasts its place as Minnesota’s oldest town with an impressive logging past, lending historical undertones to this now tranquil town with artsy and unique charm. Read this post to discover ten of the most fun things to do in Stillwater, Minnesota. 

Take a Magical, Historic River Boat Tour 

We mentioned the river and the history. The St. Croix River has been designated as a National Scenic Riverway, and it is minimally developed for maximum, natural beauty. River boat tours run from May to October, so they can show off the fall color, and you can enjoy lunch, dinner, and beer tastings while enjoying the wildlife and amazing views! 

Eat Delicious Foods in Trendy Style 

Stillwater is home to a variety of unique restaurants and cafes, and there are more to come! Fresh domestic ingredients, rooftop dining, open kitchen layouts where you can watch the chefs in action, Latin American street food, and a café you can cycle up to are just some of the joys to be had. 

Enjoy The Local (Alcohol) Nectar  

There are various breweries in Stillwater for enjoying your craft beer. You can also experience several craft cocktail bars and stop by Northern Vineyards for their selection of Minnesota-made wines. 

Tour Stillwater by Trolley 

This red trolley offers a narrated tour of historic Stillwater and the hills around. And you aren’t limited to a one trip experience. Themed tours can be experienced at Halloween and Christmas. 

Hit The Shops 

There are so many unique shops in Stillwater that it’s impossible to discuss them all. You can find toy stores, art galleries, clothing and accessories, gift shops, antiques, cooking goodies, outdoor goodies, bookstores, craft stores, a vintage upcycled furniture store, and more. 

Stop In for Dessert  

Stillwater offers a variety of noteworthy ice cream shops and candy stores. You can find generous scoops of ice cream, unique creations, and homemade and vintage candies. 

Indulge Your Art Appreciation 

Stillwater has a thriving art culture, offering live theater, live music, and an art trolley to show you all of the sculptures in town.  

Ride A Bike 

You may have noticed the café you could cycle up to that was mentioned above. If you’re a cyclist, you’ll love Stillwater. Brown’s Creek Trail provides 5.9 miles of bike riding for people of all skill levels that goes from the edge of town on the western side into the downtown area. 

Spend the Night, or Many, In Historic Lodging 

Several Victorian homes are now bed and breakfasts and inns, and some of the other old buildings have been turned into hotels, like Lora which used to be a brewery and still boasts some of the original features. 

Gather at An Event 

This historic town isn’t short of events. Lumberjack Days featuring log rolling and serving beer and live music is a favorite. There’s the Harvest Fest with fun fall and pumpkin-themed delights. During the Christmas season, the Stillwater Lights exhibit is a sight to behold. 

Call Wendy Gimpel Today 

If you’re thinking of moving to Stillwater, MN, be prepared to be delighted. Of course, you’ll need a real estate agent, and Wendy Gimpel is considered the best in Stillwater. Contact her to find the luxury home you want. 

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