Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (2024)

Saint Cloud is a city in Central Minnesota with a population of 68,000 (2018). Although it may have few attractions to draw the tourist, it is a nexus of medical advances, particularly in orthopedics (St. Cloud Orthopedics Associates, for example). It is also a college town as it is home to St. Cloud State University and St Cloud Technical College. The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University are nearby.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

About an hour northwest of Minneapolis - Saint Paul via Interstate 94.

By train[edit]

See also: Rail travel in the United States
  • 1 Saint Cloud station, 555 E St Germain St. Station hours 4AM-6AM daily and 11:30PM-1:15AM nightly. (updated Oct 2023)
    • Amtrak, +1 215-856-7924, toll-free: +1-800-872-7245. Operates train service around the United States of America. Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (3) Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (4) (updated Mar 2022) Route stopping at Saint Cloud:
      • Empire Builder operating daily between Seattle/Portland and Chicago including stops at Spokane, Glacier National Park, Fargo, Saint Paul, and Milwaukee. The trains split into separate branches between Seattle and Spokane, and between Portland and Spokane, while operating as trains consisting of train cars from both branches between Spokane and Chicago.

By bus[edit]

2 Metro Bus Transit Center, 510 1st St S, is the main hub for local and inter-city bus services. Greyhound doesn't serve Saint Cloud but they offer through-ticketing with Jefferson Lines.

  • Jefferson Lines. Jefferson Lines links Saint Cloud with Minneapolis, Fargo, Grand Forks, and various cities in Northern Minnesota. Buses serve the Metro Bus Transit Center and an additional stop at St. Cloud State University, at the Atwood Center at 720 4th Ave S.
  • Northstar Link. Bus connects St. Cloud with the Northstar commuter rail station in Big Lake. Buses serve the Metro Bus Transit Center and an additional stop at St. Cloud State University, outside the Miller Center at 7th St S and 4th Ave S.

By plane[edit]

  • 3 St. Cloud Regional Airport (STC IATA) (about 4 miles east of St. Cloud's central business district). Allegiant Air offers non-stop service to Phoenix and Orlando. Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (5) Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (6)

Get around[edit]

St. Cloud is laid out with its primary traffic artery (Division Street) running roughly E-W. Crossing arteries (roughly N-S) are called "avenues," and are numbered as either "South" or "North" of Division Street. For example, a location "nmm 6th Ave S" would be expected to be in the nth block south of Division street, on a N-S crossing street roughly six streets from the Mississippi River. Arteries roughly parallel to Division are called "streets," and designated either "North" or "South." For example, a location "nmm 10th Street S" would be expected to be located on the n-hundred block west of the river, on an E-W street roughly 10 block-lengths south of Division. The word "roughly" is definitely applicable in the above. A similar scheme applies east of the river, but the directional system is more complex.

See[edit]

  • 1 Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens, +1 320 257-5959. 7AM-10PM from Spring to Fall. Kilian Boulevard Southeast extensive flower gardens dating from the 1930s. (updated Jan 2023)
  • 2 Stearns History Museum, 235 33rd Ave S, +1 320 253-8424, toll-free: +1-866-253-8424. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Adults $7, children $3, families $17 (two adults and all children under 17), children 3 and under free. (updated Jun 2015)

Do[edit]

  • Marcus Parkwood Cinema, 1533 Frontage Rd North, +1 320 253-4328. A 17-screen movie theater in Waite Park. (updated May 2020)
  • St. Cloud State Husky Hockey, +1-877-727-8849. NCAA Division I hockey at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud. SCSU plays in the always rugged WCHA. (updated May 2020)

Events[edit]

  • Granite City Days. Formerly the Wheels, Wings, and Water Festival, held every summer.
  • KVSC Trivia Weekend. A 50-hour trivia marathon created by St. Cloud State University's campus radio station to alleviate Minnesota’s infamous mid-winter cabin fever. KVSC Trivia Weekend debuted in 1980 and has run every year since. It costs $50 to enter and takes place in early February.
  • St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, +1-320-252-7276, info@stcloudsymphony.com. (updated May 2020)

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Crossroads Center, 4101 W Division St, +1 320 252-2856. A shopping center anchored by Target, JCPenney, Macy's, and Scheels All Sports. Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (7) Saint Cloud (Minnesota) – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (8)
  • Herberger's, 600 W Saint Germain St, +1 320 251-5202. Department store, founded in St. Cloud.

Eat[edit]

Restaurants: Many, both typical and upscale.

Drink[edit]

  • DB Searles Bar and Restaurant, 18 5th Ave South, +1 320 253-0655. A unique bar and restaurant in historic downtown has four floors of great entertainment and fine dining. Street level you will find a cozy pub with high tin ceilings, original woodwork, tons of charm. The Stadium Sports Bar on 2nd floor hosts live bands several nights a week. The third and fourth level hosts a restaurant for fine dinners six nights a week and lunch on Saturday.
  • The Red Carpet, 11 5th Ave South.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Fairfield Inn St. Cloud, 4120 2nd Street South, +1 320 654-1881, fax: +1 320 654-1881. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. No pets allowed (other than guide dogs), no smoking allowed. (updated Jan 2023)
  • 2 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 4322 Clearwater Road, +1 320 240-8000, hifrontdesk@hiexpressstcloud.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Pets allowed. (updated Jan 2023)
  • 3 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 75 S 37th Avenue (Division Street & 37th Ave), +1 320 253-9000, HIGuestServices@SandCompanies.com. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Service animals only.
  • 4 Courtyard St. Cloud, 404 West Saint Germain Street, +1 320 654-1661. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Right across from the Rivers Edge Convention Center. No pets (service animals allowed), no smoking. Paid parking.

Stay safe[edit]

Saint Cloud is an overall safe city. It is a college town, so there are always many college-aged people walking around the city, even at night. The south side around St. Cloud State is generally safe to walk around day or night, but traveling in groups at night is recommended. The south side, past the National Hockey Center, has had trouble with car thefts, so take caution.

The neighborhoods around campus are safe too, but will get rowdy Thursday through Saturday nights while school is in session with parties. Generally, these neighborhoods violate noise restrictions during these times rather than taking part in other crime.

Downtown is safe during the day, and even at night, but caution is necessary after dark as the downtown area fills with bar-goers. If you use common sense and travel in groups, you'll have no problems in Saint Cloud.

Go next[edit]

  • Pine City, east on Highway 23 (Division Street in St. Cloud), a little over an hour. Tip: At Mora, cut across on 1/11. A very cool small town!

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FAQs

What is Saint Cloud, Minnesota famous for? ›

Granite quarries have operated in the area since the 1880s, giving St. Cloud its nickname, “The Granite City.” Formerly made up of three towns, first known as Upper, Middle, and Lower towns, The trio, arranged around two deep ravines that joined the Mississippi River, were united as the city of St. Cloud in 1856.

What is St. Cloud State University known for? ›

SCSU is the only Minnesota university that offers an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited manufacturing engineering program. It also offers ABET-accredited electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science programs.

Why is St. Cloud called the granite city? ›

With the first quarry opening in 1863, there are now over 30 granite quarries in the Greater St. Cloud Area. And thus, the “Busy, Gritty Granite City” was born.

Why is St. Cloud called St. Cloud? ›

St. Cloud is the county seat of Stearns County and was named after the city of Saint-Cloud, France (in Île-de-France, near Paris), which was named after the 6th-century French monk Clodoald. Though mostly in Stearns County, St. Cloud also extends into Benton and Sherburne counties, and straddles the Mississippi River.

Is St. Cloud, MN worth visiting? ›

Cloud hosts a lot of visitors each year, attracted by the college campuses, regional conferences, the river town's plentiful parks, concerts at The Ledge Amphitheater, or cycling Lake Wobegon Trail. It's easy to discover a distinct Midwest culture through St. Cloud's restaurants, historic sites and museums.

How many somalis are in the St. Cloud? ›

The most recent American Community Survey shows 3,542 residents report Somali ancestry in the 194,000 St. Cloud metro area, which includes Stearns and Benton counties.

Why is St. Cloud important? ›

St. Cloud is known for its granite quarries, which have been worked since 1868. It is located in the state's top agricultural region, which produces dairy products, poultry, oats, barley, rye, hay, corn, and soybeans.

Is St. Cloud, MN a good place to live? ›

St. Cloud, Minnesota, offers a blend of natural beauty, educational opportunities, and a strong sense of community. Its proximity to the Mississippi River and surrounding lakes provides a scenic backdrop for outdoor activities.

Is St. Cloud Minnesota expensive? ›

St. Cloud's median sale price is 46% lower than the national average. Overall cost of living in St. Cloud is 2% lower than the national average.

What is the race population of St. Cloud Minnesota? ›

St. Cloud, population by race/ethnicity
CategoryCountPercent
White48,38070.7%
Of Color19,02727.8%
Black or African American alone11,22016.4%
American Indian and Alaskan Native alone2740.4%
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