Culture & Recreation
With its array of sports and recreation, museums, outdoor spaces and cultural outlets, the St. Cloud area is alive with activities for all ages and interests.
SPORTS & RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Residents and visitors can take advantage of many outdoor activities in the St. Cloud area, including:
- Canoeing and kayaking, on your own or with rental and guided trips on the River Water Trail system.
- Fishing on a part of the Mississippi River recognized as one of the top 10 spots in the country for small-mouth bass.
- Camping on the Mississippi River, or in numerous county parks or private campgrounds.
- Miles of recreational trails for walking, hiking, rollerblading, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, including the 46-mile Lake Wobegon Trail and the Beaver Islands Trail along the Mississippi River.
- Roughly 1,500 acres of park land in the St. Cloud area, filled with such amenities as baseball/softball and athletic fields; playground equipment; picnic facilities; and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, plus an additional 100 parcels available for future parkland development
- Rock climbing, cross-country skiing and scuba diving at Stearns County’s Quarry Park in Waite Park.
- Golf, on more than 60 area courses.
If spectator sports are more your style, the St. Cloud area has plenty to satisfy your inner fan, including:
- St. Cloud State University Huskies NCAA athletics, including Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams at the National Hockey Center.
- St. Cloud Rox summer collegiate baseball team, playing in the Northwoods League at Joe Faber Field at the Municipal Athletic Complex.
- St. Cloud Norsemen, is a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League’s Central Division.
- The Granite City Lumberjacks, a tier III hockey team.
- The St. Cloud Area Roller Dolls, a flat-track roller derby team.
- The Saint John’s University Johnnies and College of St. Benedict Blazers teams.
- St. Cloud Men’s and Women’s Rugby teams – the Feeders and Sirens.
- Granite City Renegades semi-professional football team.
Add to the list major recreational facilities such as the Municipal Athletic Complex, the St. Cloud Area Family “Y” and Whitney Senior Center, and you have a wide range of programming for youth through seniors.
Nature enthusiasts can delight in several unique offerings, including:
- Munsinger and Clemens gardens, featuring extensive perennial and annual flower gardens overlooking the Mississippi River. Open to the public.
- St. John’s Arboretum, 2,700 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savanna and woodland surrounding St. John’s University, featuring educational programming focusing on the importance of this natural restoration project.
- Hemker Park and Zoo in nearby Freeport. A 14-acre private zoo that includes 32 species of waterfowl, African safari animals, primates, aquatic animals and a seasonal butterfly house.
HISTORY & ART
History and arts fans have much to choose from in the St. Cloud area, including:
- The Stearns History Museum, recognized as one of the finest history museums in Minnesota and the only nationally accredited museum in greater Minnesota. The museum features two floors of exhibit space, a research library, a mini-theater, museum store and educational programming.
- The Haehn Museum at the Art and Heritage Place in St. Benedict’s Monastery, with nearly 4,000 artifacts dating back to 1857. It contains an exhibit hall featuring the cultural, social and religious influence of the Benedictine sisters in local, state, national and international ministries, Artisan Studios and Whitby Gift Shop and Gallery.
- The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center, the artistic heart of St. Cloud. The restored 1921 theater provides a stage for numerous community groups and a venue for professional performances. The Visual Arts Center offers classes for beginning and experienced artists and professional development opportunities for artists, educators and businesses. The Paramount is also home to several resident arts organizations.
- Pioneer Place on Fifth brings professional theater, original plays, and a concert series to Central Minnesota each year. Arrive early and enjoy a glass of wine at the Veranda Lounge before performances.
- The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University offer the Benedicta Arts Center, a 173,000-square-foot performance space, the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, the Literary Arts Institute, Saint John’s Pottery and a fine arts series.
- St. Cloud State University offers the Kiehle Visual Arts Center, the Performing Arts Center and a wealth of arts-related offerings.
- Performing musical organizations include the Minnesota Center Chorale, the Great River Chorale, the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, the St. Cloud Municipal Band, the Paramount Jazz Orchestra and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.
- The River’s Edge Convention Center features the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and is host to trade shows, conventions, social/entertainment events and more.
Thanks to the programs, services and all-around advocacy of such entities as the St. Cloud Arts Commission, United Arts of Central Minnesota, Central Minnesota Arts Board, and Visual Arts Minnesota, the cultural and entertainment community in the region is vibrant and growing.
FIND OUT MORE
- Arts and Entertainment at Around the Cloud
- St. Cloud State Outdoor Endeavors
- St. Cloud Rox Baseball
- St. Cloud State Athletics
- Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
- Stearns History Museum
- Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society
- Pioneer Place on Fifth
- St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
- St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
- St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau