This sample itinerary works best in the spring, summer or fall.
It is all about taking your group outdoors!
10 – 11:30 am
Witness the wonders of more than 150 species of prairie and wetland plants at the Sand Prairie Wildlife Management Area. Sand Prairie features trails, a marsh boardwalk and an elevated deck with a striking view of the wetlands. During spring, watch migrating birds on their way, in the summer marvel at the monarch butterflies busy siphoning nectar from wild flowers and when autumn happens, observe the fascinating fall migration of birds. Take a short walk or don your hiking shoes to make the one-mile trek across the prairie, and onto the boardwalk to the observation deck that overlooks the wetlands. Uncommon species include the red-shouldered hawk, and yellow rail. You’ll also see wood ducks, blue heron, robins, finches and a host of other species, including the occasional sighting of Sandhill Cranes.
11:30 – 12:30 pm
The restaurant at Territory Golf Club is Coyote Moon Grille and features distinctive Minnesota lodge-style architecture. A favorite lunch stop, the “Fast Lane Lunch Buffet” has become quite popular with motorcoaches.
Enjoy the view with extensive decking overlooking the course and wetland valley.
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Explore another famed area to see fantastic birds and exotic wildflowers at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. The park currently boasts 643 acres of scenic woodlands, prairie and wetlands that include 20 old granite quarries. More than 68 species of birds and an impressive 275 varieties of trees, plants, and wildflowers have been identified at the park including cactus (yes, cactus in Minnesota). Visit one or both unique nature preserves, and be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring your binoculars, camera and field guide.
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Get to know how to attract the right birds to your yard with bird products from Wild Birds Unlimited. They don’t just sell bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and bird food. They pride themselves on providing the most accurate information and knowledge about your local birds, including hummingbirds. Backyard bird feeding is the most relaxing, fulfilling, educational and exciting hobby that anyone, young or old, can enjoy.
3:30 – 5:30 pm
A visit to St. Cloud would not be complete without a visit to Munsinger / Clemens Gardens. Visitors are invited to stroll the winding paths and brick pathways as they experience this dazzling St. Cloud treasure.
Immerse yourself in a truly unique botanical experience and delight in the natural beauty. Located along the Mississippi River, Munsinger’s winding flower-bordered paths sit under tall pines, and date from 1915 when the city purchased the former site of a sawmill as a park.
A true love story accompanies the Clemens Garden. Mrs. Clemens suffered from multiple sclerosis. Unable to travel because of the disease, she was able to enjoy the beauty of the gardens from her window. While most men give their wives flowers, Mr. Clemens gave his wife and the St. Cloud community, the gift of this glorious public garden. Created in the tradition of the great gardens of Europe, Clemens Gardens is a spectacular display of colors, scents, sights, and sounds. There are as many as 1,100 roses and over 70 varieties bloom from June through September. The “Jenny Crane” fountain was chosen by Mrs. Clemens and was the first fountain in the Gardens. Visit their gift shop before you leave the gardens.
St Cloud has an abundance of restaurants to enjoy dinner before departing for home.
For more information or to customize this itinerary contact your tour operator or Jean Robbins at the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-264-2940 ext. 129.