Seniors Enjoy St. Cloud

It’s not all that large (66,000+) but St. Cloud, Minnesota has many happy folks who appreciate good air, great fishing and a university second to none. Named after St. Cloud, France near Paris, senior visitors will find St. Cloud about 65 miles northwest of the “Twin Cities” along Interstate 94.

We’ve passed it many times on our way to our cabin near Battle Lake. Even spent a little time there with our football team (Shattuck School) playing against Cathedral High.

Called “The Granite City”, gardens and parks rank very high with residents and visitors. Munsinger, Clemens and Riverside Park are great places for senior visitors to unwind. St. Cloud State University, Minnesota’s second-largest university, is between downtown and the Beaver Islands that form a maze for a two-mile stretch of the Mississippi.

The approximately 30 undeveloped islands are a popular destination for kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Explore a bit more with Wikipedia and senior visitors will discover that St. Cloud has great sports and many sites of interest.

Seniors Relax in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Long before the first European settlers called it home, Stearns County land was home to several indigenous tribes, including the Ojibwa, Dakota, Sioux and Chippewa. Stearns County borders the Mississippi River, the largest waterway in Minnesota, and was included in many explorers’ travels, including the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805.

Several more explorers came to this area during the mid-1800′s and fur trading posts were established. The County Seat, St. Cloud, traces its roots back to 1853 and settlements then followed along the Watab and Sauk Rivers in Le Sauk and St. Joseph townships. Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, invites visitors to send for a free travel guide as well as to check out where to go, events, deals, travel ideas and planning tools.

Seniors Explore Historic St. Cloud

Explore historic St. Cloud on your own schedule and at your own pace…with informative and fascinating digital walking tours! With an MP3 player as your guide, the tours will take you back to a simpler time in St. Cloud when front porches were used to greet neighbors and horse drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation in downtown St. Cloud.

The Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud collects photographs, printed materials and artifacts related to the history of Stearns County. They share this information in a two-story exhibit hall, a library and research center and through educational programming. The Stearns History Museum contributed to Minnesota Reflections images that show early street scenes from towns across the county, business activities, granite quarries, farming and transportation.

Enjoy your visit to St. Cloud. jeb

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