5 ways to keep cool this summer in the St. Croix Valley

Summer is heating up!

Here’s how to keep your cool in the heat and humidity.


1. Wild Mountain Water Park




Fun for all ages!

Wild Adventure Island

Imagine the rush of 350 gallons of water pouring out of a giant bucket over a small roof and onto your head. You have just experienced the first element of Wild Adventure Island. Featuring 4 waterslides, hydro fountains, a cargo climbing net, water cannons and bubblers, this water adventure is sure to keep guests of all ages busy. The little ones can even splash and play in the zero depth area. The Wild Adventure Island is nestled within the calm confines of the 800-foot serpentine lazy river complex.


Kiddie Park

Waterslides aren't just for grown-ups! Our kiddie park creates a fun and safe environment for the younger members of your family, with a giant frog slide and plenty of room for wading and splashing.


Lazy River

A refreshing change of pace, enjoy the sunshine with a leisurely innertube float around our 800 ft. man made river (no height requirement).*


Four Giant Waterslides!

  • Big Country
  • The Hydrotube
  • The Super Chute
  • The Black Hole


2. Beach it!


Photo courtesy of Leanne Waterworth



Nothing says summer like a day at the beach. Our area lakes have great spots for taking a dip to cool off. Bring your picnic lunch, umbrellas, towels and toys and embrace the joy of this summer pastime.

Tip!: Be sure to check out the newly revovated beach at Lake of the Dalles inside Interstate Park, WI.






3. Ice Cream, Fruit Smoothies & Root beer Floats

Photo courtesy of Valley Sweets


You can’t go wrong with a classic ice cream cone or root beer float treat to make a summer day perfect. If fruit smoothies are more your thing, we’ve got you covered too.


Schoony’s Malt Shop and Pizzeria: Taylors Falls

Valley Sweets: St. Croix Falls

3 Arrows Coffee Company: St. Croix Falls

Dallas Café and Coffee House: St. Croix Falls

Anderson’s Ice Cream Shop: Lindstrom

The Drive in Restaurant: Taylors Falls




4. For the Adults! Grab a Craft Brew or a Wine Slushie!


Photo courtesy of Uncommon Loon


Stop in for a cold one at our newest craft brew spots in the area! The brewmasters take pride in creating creating a rotation of delicious and refreshing flavors inside a welcoming space to meet and socialize.


Trap Rock Brewing Company:  St. Croix Falls

Uncommon Loon: Chisago City 


Photo courtesy of Trap Rock Brewing Company


Or, try the newest craze at Dancing Dragonfly Winery: the Wine Slushie!


Photo courtesy of Dancing Dragonfly



5. Indoor Adventures!

When it gets steamy outside, you may want to check out some indoor fun! Try out a local museums or interpretive centers, or check to see what’s playing at the local professional theatre company.

MN Interstate Visitors Center & Interpretive Exhibit

St. Croix Festival Theatre

Folsom House Museum

Ice Age Interpretive Center

St. Croix River Visitor Center





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