Stillwater, MN is just minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Stillwater is located on the scenic St. Croix River. Where authentic paddle wheel riverboats and gondolas glide in the local waters. Historic Main Street shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment are available. In Stillwater you can enjoy all four seasons. The vibrant colors of the bluffs in the fall and crisp flavors of winery and brewery harvests. Winter days showcasing holiday boutique shopping, romantic winter escapes, and warm retreats. Spring flowers blooming in the parks and along the bike trail. Warm Summer air welcoming outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, festivals, boating, and historic sightseeing.
There are plenty of family fun recreation opportunities in Stillwater. Outdoor skating rinks, Stillwater Dog Park, Pickleball, Community Garden,
Labeled the Birthplace of Minnesota, Stillwater was voted as: America’s Most Picturesque Small Towns, Best American Towns for Fall Colors, Best U.S. Towns for Antiquing, Best Twin Cities Day Trips, Best Minnesota Weekend Getaway, America’s Prettiest Painted Places, and Most Romantic Cities. Stillwater is also located on the National Scenic St. Croix Riverway, St. Croix Scenic Byway, and National Register of Historic Places.
Schools The city of Stillwater is covered by Independent School District #834. An above average, public school district educating 8,489 students in grades PK through 12th grade with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to
1. 11 schools total are available in Stillwater, 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, and 1 preschool.
Stillwater’s historic core and the natural landscape that forms it are defined together as the Stillwater Cultural Landscape District, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Stillwater’s story provides a particularly clear expression of that interplay of place and people, but many of those stories are buried in plain sight.
The lumber industry made Stillwater famous for at the height of the log boom, Stillwater’s lumber mills turned out thousands of rail cars of timber of mostly white and Norway pines. Minnesota one of the largest lumber markets in the world with Stillwater Lumber Company as one of the largest lumber mills in the country. Stillwater had all the ingredients for a lumbering town: river connections to the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin pine lands, still waters for assembling rafts, and water power. The Historic Lift Bridge built in 1931 connecting MN and WI is one of three still remaining in the country today.
Could you imagine, in Stillwater today, lumberjacks working the St. Croix River, steamboats bringing people and supplies, river logs jamming the river, horses and buggies tied to hitching posts, dirt and mud roads, shopkeepers selling their wares on Main Street, churches with tall steeples, Victorian mansions springing up on the hillsides and barroom brawls.