Every year since my first daughter was born we have made a trip to the beautiful river town of Stillwater. While Stillwater is beautiful any time of year, it’s especially spectacular in the fall!
Our first stop is at Country Sun Farm, which is an easy pull off as you are driving east on 36. Country Sun Farm is a family run farm that has been in operation since 1975. I have such fond memories of visiting there when I was a child, and that is part of the appeal for me now. I want my girls to have the same happy, innocent, fall loving memories.
The farm is free to visit, but some of the attractions do have a cost. Feeding the animals is always a hit with the kids and they have goats, ponies and cows to feed. The wagon ride is fun, and not too scary. One of my favorite things about Country Sun Farms is the ridiculous amount of photo-ops. There are old tractors, cut out figurines and beautiful fall décor all over. Some of my favorite pictures of my kids have been taken there. There is a snack stand inside the greenhouse. You can also find pumpkins, goards, corn and other fall decorations.
Next stop is the one and only Teddy Bear Park. If you have never been there, put it on your bucket list right now! The first time I was there was an adult with my kids, I don’t know who was more in awe of the park – my kids or me! The park is fun for kids of all ages. It’s located one block up the hill from Main Street in downtown Stillwater. The view is breathtaking and the park is truly gorgeous. There is a parking lot adjacent to the park, but if it’s full you can usually find street parking with relative ease.
Our next stop was lunch. Stillwater offers numerous options for dining. Our favorite spot is Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, located on Main Street and within walking distance from Teddy Bear Park. Leo’s is an old fashioned Malt Shop. The food is good and it’s very kid friendly. This place gets pretty busy so plan for an early or late lunch to avoid the rush.
If we are turning the adventure into a full day trip, then the next stop is definitely Interstate State Park. The geological features are impressive like the giant potholes in the rock. The Park is located on the bluffs of the St. Croix River, a popular destination for both cliff jumpers and rock climbers. Interstate State Park is a very popular park, so parking can sometimes be a pain but it’s definitely worth the trouble to spend some time at this amazing State Park.
If you are looking for more ideas for things to see and do while in the area, sKIDaddlers has you covered. Here are a few ideas..
- Main Street Stairs – up for a cardio work out?!
- Stillwater Trolley – take a ride on a historic trolley
- Tremblay’s Sweet Shop – satisfy that sweet tooth! (or fuel up to tackle those stairs!)
- Aamodt’s Apple Orchard – pick your own apples and more
- Warden’s House Museum – learn about the history of Washington County
Around Taylor’s Falls
- Franconia Sculpture Park – a must see destination!
- Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Education Center – get up close and personal with the animals.
- Shafer Corn Maze – fall family fun
- Pleasant Valley Orchard – apple orchard and more
- Osceola Depot – scenic train ride
- Tom’s Pumpkin Farm – pick your own pumpkins
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