The St. Croix Valley is a picturesque region, rich in scenic vistas and charming small towns, yet less than an hour's drive from a major metropolitan area. I-94 and Wisconsin state highway 64 provide quick access between the Twin Cities and various points in St. Croix County. Air service is available via the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
The St. Croix River, in addition to being a first-class waterway for recreational purposes, is also a beautiful backdrop to some of the most historic and unique cities in the region, including Hudson, Wisconsin and Stillwater, Minnesota. With low unemployment and numerous cultural attractions, historical sites, and outdoor activities to enjoy, it's easy to see why this area of Wisconsin and Minnesota continues to grow and prosper.
As an example of progressive and innovative thinking, the City of New Richmond has implemented a Community Solar Garden. A solar electric array, connected to the utility grid, is utilized by local residents, businesses and other organizations. Subscribers share solar production and in turn receive a credit on their monthly electric bill.
Attractions and Entertainment
New Richmond Heritage Center — This 11-building museum provides a vivid example of life in the past through its local history artifacts and exhibits. It also hosts numerous special events throughout the year, including flea markets, farmers markets, summer concerts, and an annual fall festival.
Fun Fest — Each summer in July, the community gathers to enjoy exactly what should be enjoyed in the middle of summer: carnival rides and games, food, live music, and a grand parade!
The Space — People gather at this performing arts venue to explore their creative side through music, art, magic, and more.
Old Gem Theater — This is a beloved and historic venue that is perfect for enjoying live theater performance, concerts, youth theater productions, and performing arts classes.
Hudson Food Walk — Guided tours of Hudson's thriving culinary scene are offered during weekends in the summer and at other times of the year. It's a great opportunity to sample some delicious fare, do a little shopping, and learn about the unique history of the area.
Hudson Hot Air Affair — Who doesn't want to revel in the delights of winter by launching huge colorful balloons? This annual event also includes live music, a craft fair, food, smoosh boarding, and other festivities.
The Phipps Center for the Arts — This popular venue celebrates the St. Croix Valley's rich history of creativity with a wide range of classes, visual arts exhibitions, and live performances.
Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival — Visitors enjoy the beauty of the St. Croix River plus the talents of numerous artists, musicians, chefs, and crafters during this annual fall event.
In addition to these popular attractions, there are plenty more to explore in Hudson, Stillwater, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Sports and Recreation
New Richmond Area Centre — By offering a wealth of activities and resources, including fitness and cardio equipment, an aquatic center, and various membership options, this non-profit aims to provide health, fitness, and fun for visitors of all ages.
New Richmond Parks — In addition to an aquatic center, there are many parks, athletic fields, courts, and trails throughout the community, offering opportunities to enjoy individual and group sports of all sorts.
New Richmond Golf Club — Fore! The golf club welcomes members as well as the public to enjoy its 18- and 9-hole courses, driving range, clubhouse, and pro shop.
Cedar Lake Speedway and Arena — Cedar Lake Speedway's 3/8-mile oval race track is one of Wisconsin's most highly-rated short tracks and is jumping with action, hosting NASCAR races and multi-day events. Cedar Lake Arena is an indoor facility with a smaller dirt oval used for Motocross activities and other events.
St. Croix County Parks — The parks, forests, and beaches of St. Croix County offer a full menu of activities ranging from snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in winter to fishing and swimming in summer.
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway — The Riverway is a national park that boasts more than 200 miles of gorgeous scenery and countless opportunities for exciting recreational adventures.
Willow River State Park – Located just a short drive from New Richmond, this 2,800+ acre park is notable for its fantastic waterscapes, including the Willow River, Little Falls Lake, and Willow Falls. It offers year-round recreational and educational opportunities along with great scenery.
Students in the New Richmond area are served by the School District of New Richmond.
Higher education options include:
New Richmond Community Education
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
University of Wisconsin (River Falls, WI)
and many others in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
For more information on the area, please visit these links:
Saint Croix Valley Regional Tourism Alliance
The St. Croix Valley
Video: Discover Wisconsin (Hudson)
Travel Wisconsin: Northwest Region
Great Day Trips from the Twin Cities
Explore Minnesota: Minneapolis/St. Paul
New Richmond News
New Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Photos courtesy of Friday Memorial Library, City of New Richmond, National Park Service.