Destination guide

Activities for all seasons in Saint Cloud

There's much to keep you busy in Saint Cloud, a town which runs along the Mississippi River. Named after the Paris suburb by its Huguenot founder, it has one of the largest populations in the center of Minnesota. Nicknamed the Granite City after its quarries, the surrounding countryside has scenic spots for hiking, swimming and canoeing. Downtown, the city's attractions suit all ages and season, and include museums, botanical gardens and theaters. When you stay in a Saint Cloud vacation rental, you'll benefit from a perfect mix of urban and rural adventures for the whole family.

Things to do

A museum for every taste

Among the many museums Saint Cloud has to offer, Stearns History Museum is a great place to take the kids. With interactive, tactile exhibits, they'll enjoy learning about the history of Minnesota from its earliest inhabitants to the present day. If you're a baseball fan, then the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame has a fascinating store of artifacts from the state's baseball history. For gardeners, a visit to both Munsinger and Clemens Gardens, with their manicured lawns and flower beds, offers the perfect place to stroll on a sunny afternoon.


From solitary sports to family fun

From canoeing on the Sauk River to mountain biking through the Beaver Island trails, when you stay in a Saint Clouds vacation rental you'll be sure to find an outdoor pursuit that suits you. You can take to the water to explore the city's stretches of wild, scenic rivers on a long day out or hop on your bike to follow the Mississippi downtown. Quarry Park is full of hiking paths, granite cliffs for climbers and quiet places to swim. For competitive family fun, the 18-hole frisbee course makes getting the kids out for a long walk an easy task.


Vacation here all year

A Saint Cloud vacation rental is a great choice whatever the season. With hot summers, most outdoor activities are, of course, best enjoyed in high season. That said, there are plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing in Quarry Park or ice skating in town during the winter. If shopping, art galleries and museums are more your thing, the spring and fall are perfect times to visit when prices dip, but the weather is still pleasant. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, your Saint Cloud vacation rental will be close to plenty of action.

Natural features

From beavers to blue-winged teal

On the doorstep of your Saint Cloud vacation rental you'll find 95 parks, with a combined total of 1,400 acres of green space. If you head out of town a few miles, you'll discover the Sand Prairie Wildlife Management & Environmental Education Area. This 700-acre site, which includes 2 wetland areas and woods alongside the restored prairie, is teeming with wildlife. Whether you've settled on the observation platform or struck off along the trails, you'll be treated to sightings of beavers, foxes and white-tailed deer. Keen bird spotters might catch a glimpse of the odd American woodcock or green heron.

How to get there

Traveling to and around St Cloud

The nearest airport is in St. Cloud, MN (STC-St. Cloud Regional), located 5.4 mi (8.6 km) from the city center.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is St. Cloud Station.

Where to stay around Saint Cloud?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 46 vacation rentals near Saint Cloud. From 18 Houses to 21 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint Cloud for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saint Cloud?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saint Cloud. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center: 42 vacation rentals
  • Munsinger Clemens Gardens: 46 vacation rentals
  • St. Cloud State University: 45 vacation rentals
  • Paramount Theater: 44 vacation rentals
  • Joe Faber Field: 37 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Cloud listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saint Cloud?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 18 Houses in Saint Cloud. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint Cloud include:

  • Cabins: 21 rentals available
  • Cottages: 21 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saint Cloud?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8 vacation rentals with pool available in Saint Cloud. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.