Winter in the St. Croix Valley
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Plan a Holiday Getaway!
The Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

More Than A Daytrip

The St. Croix Valley Welcomes You!

You’ll need more than just a day trip to discover all the things to do in Taylors Falls, St. Croix Falls, and the surrounding areas. Our twin towns border two states, and our region hosts four state parks and one national scenic riverway. We have hiking, biking, kayaking, family adventure and more.


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The St. Croix Valley towns of Taylors Falls, MN & St. Croix Falls, WI are nestled on either side of the wild and scenic St. Croix River just one hour north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Adventure Awaits!

For starters, we have ALL of the adventures without the long drive. Here you can enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, live music, waterparks, zip lines, boating, fishing, sightseeing, arts, shopping, dining, and much more – all within a 45-minute drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Plan to stay overnight. We are not just for day trips anymore!

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Kick off your 2021 Holiday Season!

There’s a BIG NEW EVENT in town. Have you heard?

The holidays are about to kick-off, and this year in the St. Croix Valley, we have some BIG plans! All of the favorite festivals are back, some bigger than ever, and we even have a BRAND-NEW holiday spectacular to unveil in St. Croix Falls.



Create a “Holiday Getaway” Tradition to our charming towns.

Imagine spending a weekend during the holiday season immersed in small-town, festive activities; shopping the cute downtown areas, hopping on the freshly powdered ski slopes, taking in a holiday theater show, visiting a winery or brewery, and delighting in a cozy dinner.

Nestled right along the wild and scenic St. Croix River are the twin towns of Taylors Falls, MN and St. Croix Falls, WI, and the many communities surrounding these two charming small villages. In just an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, you can be at your holiday getaway destination.

Holiday vacations offer a great chance to reconnect with your family or friends, try new activities, or visit unique shops to find that perfect gift for the special people in your life. We’ve pulled together a list of things to do this holiday season that will bring you joy that will last all of next year!

Plan Your Winter Vacation!

The St. Croix River Valley knows how to celebrate winter.

We welcome the snow, embrace the ice, and become close friends with the cold. We cordially invite you to emerge from the stuffy indoors and join us in the clean, crisp air of the season. With so many ways to enjoy winter in the St. Croix River Valley, you’ll want to stay for the whole weekend—and probably longer!


We invite you to make St. Croix Falls, WI a must-do on  your Mammoth Hike Challenge in 2021! 

The Mammoth Hike Challenge is a completely free event created by the Ice Age Trail Alliance to promote and celebrate the beauty of this amazing trail that stretches all the way across the state of Wisconsin. During the month of October, simply track 41 miles of activity anywhere on the Ice Age Trail (hiking, walking, running, or backpacking), AND visit three of the Trail Communities.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights these landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails.

St. Croix Falls, known as the “City of Trails”, is a proud Ice Age Trail Community and home of the Western Terminus of the trail.

We would be delighted if you would start right here in St. Croix Falls, WI! It makes a great start point (it is the Western Terminus of the trail) meaning the trail literally starts (or ends, depending on your route) right along the high bluffs of the St. Croix River inside Interstate Park, WI. If you hike the entire St. Croix Falls Segment, you’ll log 9 of your 41 miles right here. And, since St. Croix Falls is an official Trail Community, you’ll get a check in that challenge box too.

Mammoth hike challenge IN ST. CROIX FALLS, WISCONSIN!

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