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All About Stillwater, MN

stillwaterStillwater is located on the eastern end of the Twin Cities suburbs on the St. Croix River. Stillwater is a historic town with all the modern amenities. Recently voted the 4th Best Small Community in the United States to Live In, Stillwater is a great place to call home!


Stillwater is often referred to as the birthplace of Minnesota. In 1848, a territorial convention that began the process of establishing Minnesota as a state was held in Stillwater at the corner of Myrtle and Main Streets. Minnesota officially became a territory in 1849 and became a state in 1858. As more evidence of Stillwater’s importance at the time, the convention selected three leading Minnesota cities as locations for three important public institutions: Minneapolis got the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul became the capital, and Stillwater was chosen as the site of the territory’s first prison. The Minnesota Territorial Prison was opened in 1853.


Stillwater’s early development was based on the fact that it was a lumbering town and many homes and stores were built near the St. Croix river. Today, this area, buildings and homes have been preserved to reflect Stillwater’s historic past. In more recent years, new developments have been built on the outskirts of Stillwater along with modern conveniences.

For more information about Stillwater’s historic neighborhoods and commercial areas, please visit the City of Stillwater’s website.


In keeping with Stillwater’s historical significance, Stillwater was home to the state’s first schoolhouse built in 1848, a year before Minnesota became a territory. Stillwater became the state’s first school district just two years later.

Today Stillwater is part of the Stillwater Area Public Schools (Independent School District # 834) which encompasses all or part of 18 communities. The school district has 10 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools and 1 high school.

Things to Do

Stillwater has 34 parks each with activities to help you enjoy the outdoors. Here are some features of Stillwater’s most “famous” parks:

Lily Lake Park

Adult league fields
Tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court
Indoor ice arena
Picnic shelter with six picnic tables & B.B.Q grills
Playground equipment
Restrooms & drinking fountains
Single picnic shelters scattered on beach
Swimming beach – no lifeguards
Boat launch with dock & fishing pier
Electric boat motors on Lily Lake only

Lowell Park

Restrooms & drinking fountain
Several flower beds
Picnic tables & park benches throughout the park
River front gazebo for weddings or small groups
River front fishing & scenic view of the St. Croix River and the Stillwater Lift Bridge

Northland Park

Adult league and little league ballfields
Several horseshoe pits
Hockey and free-style skating rinks with Warming House
Playground equipment and single covered picnic tables
Portable restrooms and drinking fountain

Pioneer Park

Picnic tables throughout the park and B.B.Q. grills
Restrooms and playground equipment
Two large picnic shelters with electricity, combined capacity 90 people
Bandshell & scenic view of the St. Croix River & City

Teddy Bear Park

Play equipment for children 7 years and younger including climbing wall and nets, slides, tubes and a bridge
Amphitheater hosting several programs throughout the summer
Gazebo with benches
Picnic tables
Indoor bathrooms
Large 2 story barn with party/meeting rooms containing table, chairs and kitchenettes

Retail, Restaurants and more

Stillwater’s downtown area is filled with many unique shops and restaurants. It is a great place to visit, tour and enjoy. There are a few antique shops in the downtown area and a couple hotel options for those looking to spend more time in Stillwater. In addition to the hotels, there are bed and breakfasts in the historic mansions that overlook the St. Croix River. Downtown Stillwater is a unique area that is fun to discover.

In the newer developed areas of Stillwater there are big box retail stores and restaurants. Stillwater truly offers the best of both worlds!

Stillwater is a quaint, vibrant town that is a beautiful place to call home! If you are thinking about moving to Stillwater, please contact us today! We have worked and lived in the area for 25+ years and can help you find a place to call home.

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Resources used in this article include: City of Stillwater’s Website, Wikipedia and Stillwater Public Schools’ Website.