Dive off abandoned granite quarries into clear, cool waters. Take in an exciting performance at a newly renovated theater. Kayak through the Beaver Islands on calm waters. Create DIY art in a unique, urban studio. Stroll through the paths of a nationally known flower garden. Shop local boutiques and dine at local restaurants in a vibrant downtown. Do it all on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults
Stretch your Legs
With a mid-afternoon arrival, you need to get out and stretch your legs a bit. Visit the renowned Quarry Park and Nature Preserve – take a hike on miles of easy trails, learn more about the history of the granite industry in Central Minnesota and explore 20-plus former granite quarries, where you can swim, climb, fish and more. After you’ve explored the park, head downtown to the Best Western Kelly Inn and check in to your Mississippi-River-view room. Walk just a few blocks for a delicious dinner at Brick & Bourbon, specializing in unique menu items and fun craft cocktails.
The perfect morning begins by watching the sunrise over the Mississippi River, followed by Jules’ Bistro for a unique, handcrafted espresso drink and some delicious breakfast. Once you’re awake and fueled, head just across the Mississippi River to Munsinger Clemens Gardens for a morning stroll among some of the most beautifully manicured and cultivated flower gardens in the Midwest. While there, enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Mississippi River and get up close to the St. Cloud Dam.
After your quiet morning, head back downtown to browse the locally owned shops for truly unique finds, such as fine candles and soaps from Copper Pony, tea and tea brewing equipment at Spice of Life Tea Shop, and trendy, second-hand clothing from Rush Boutique. Hungry? Enjoy lunch at 7 West Taphouse, featuring more than 40 beers on tap and a yummy fast-casual menu featuring burgers, tacos, and more.
Take a quick walk to nearby MMG Workshop, where you can create all kinds of artistic projects including pallet signs, floor mats, welcome signs, plant boxes, and more. If painting and crafting is not really your thing register for an aerial yoga class at Revolver Studios, a fun experience for all skill levels! Are you feeling thirsty? Time to visit Beaver Island Brewing Company for St. Cloud-centric brews in their cozy, welcoming taproom. Not a beer drinker? Try some bubble tea from Spice of Life Tea Shop for a unique, tasty sip! Need to relax a bit? Enjoy a peaceful stroll around Lake George, or rent kayaks or paddle boats to take out on the water.
Freshen up in your hotel room and get ready to dine on authentic Irish cuisine in a truly unique atmosphere at Olde Brick House. We recommend the Reuben Wonton appetizer. Then, catch a killer show at Pioneer Place Theater Company. Newly renovated, this intimate theater is packed with plays and concerts every weekend. Enjoy a nightcap at The Veranda Lounge, and turn in for the evening after a quick walk back to your hotel under the festoon lighting on 5th Ave.
Good morning! Say farewell to the Best Western Kelly Inn. We still have some fun in store. First, it’s time for a quick breakfast of donuts and coffee from Dutch Maid Bakery in Sauk Rapids. Take your sweets to go and make your way down to the Beaver Island Trail, where you can take a short stroll and find a quiet place to sit along this path that stretches out over the Mississippi River Banks. Then take a short drive down 1-94 to Clear Waters Outfitting in Clearwater.
Don your water shoes and sunscreen and hop in a kayak for a peaceful, easy trip down the Mississippi! There are several different trip options of varying lengths, plus the opportunity to experience kayak fishing if you’re interested! After your peaceful morning paddle, grab lunch (and maybe a donut the size of your face) from Clearwater Travel Plaza before you hit the road. Safe travels, and thanks for visiting Greater St. Cloud!