Saint Cloud (Minnesota)

Saint Cloud is a city in Central Minnesota with a population of 66,169. Although it may have few attractions to draw the tourist, it is a nexus of medical advances, particularly in orthopedics (St. Cloud Orthopedics Associates, for example). A "College town" as well, as it is home to St. Cloud State University and St Cloud Technical College. The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University are located nearby.

Understand

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 19 25 37 55 68 77 82 80 69 58 38 24
Nightly lows (°F) -1 4 17 32 44 53 58 56 46 35 21 6
Precipitation (in) 0.8 0.7 1.4 2.3 3.1 4.6 3.3 4.2 2.9 2 1.3 0.8






Get in

By car

About an hour northwest of Minneapolis - Saint Paul via Interstate 94.

By train

By bus

  Metro Bus Transit Center, 510 1st St S, is the main hub for local and inter-city bus services. Greyhound doesn't serve Saint Cloud directly but they offer through-ticketing with Jefferson Lines.

By plane

  St. Cloud Regional Airport (IATA: STC) is about four miles east of St. Cloud's central business district. Allegiant Air offers non-stop service to Phoenix and Orlando.

Get around

St. Cloud is laid out with its primary traffic artery (Division Street) running roughly E-W. Crossing arteries (roughly N-S) are called "Avenues," and are numbered as either "South" or "North" of Division Street. For example, a location "nmm 6th Ave S" would be expected to be located in the nth block south of Division street, on a N-S crossing street roughly six streets from the Mississippi River. Arteries roughly parallel to Division are called "Streets," and designated either "North" or "South." For example, a location "nmm 10th Street S" would be expected to be located on the n-hundred block west of the river, on an E-W street roughly 10 block-lengths south of Division. The word "roughly" is definitely applicable in the above. A similar scheme applies east of the river, but the directional system is more complex.

See

Do

Parkwood 17 1533 Frontage Road North, Waite Park, +1 320 253-4328, a 17 screen movie theater

St. Cloud State Husky Hockey - NCAA Division I hockey at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud. SCSU plays in the always rugged WCHA. Call 1-877-SCSUTIX for information.

Events

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra performs in St. Cloud, Minnesota. For dates, times and locations visit www.stcloudsymphony.com

Buy

Eat

Restaurants: Many, both typical and upscale.

Drink

Sleep

Stay Safe

Saint Cloud is an overall safe city. It is a college town, so there are always many college-aged people walking around the city, even at night. The south side around St. Cloud State is generally safe to walk around day or night, but traveling in groups at night is recommended. The south side, past the National Hockey Center, has recently had trouble with car thefts, so take caution. The neighborhoods around campus are safe too, but will get rowdy Thursday through Saturday nights while school is in session with parties. Generally, these neighborhoods violate noise restrictions during these times rather than taking part in other crime. Police patrols have recently been increased. Downtown is safe during the day, and even at night, but caution is necessary after dark as the downtown area fills with bar-goers. If you use common sense and travel in groups, you'll have no problems in Saint Cloud.

Go next

Routes through Saint Cloud

Fargo Staples  W  E  St. Paul Milwaukee
Fargo Sauk Centre  W  E  Monticello Minneapolis
Fargo Little Falls  W  E  Elk River St. Paul
END  N  S  New Ulm Fairmont
Pipestone Willmar  SW  NE  Foley Duluth
END  W  E  Princeton Stillwater


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