What to do and see in Osceola, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 1, 2017 Mollie Coke

Osceola is a village in Polk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,568 at the 2010 census. Located mostly within the Town of Osceola, the village sits on the border with Minnesota, separated by the St. Croix River.
Restaurants in Osceola

1. Interstate State Park

307 Milltown Road, Taylors Falls, MN 55084 +1 612-465-5711
Excellent
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Interstate State Park

This unique park is located in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and offers camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and rock climbing.

Reviewed By Mindy A - Eagan, Minnesota

This was a great afternoon trip with teenagers. Very interesting and lots of climbing, up very well marked paths and steps. Hand rails for safety and help up and down the stone steps. Pot holes were fascinating.

2. Franconia Sculpture Park

29836 St Croix Trail, Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074-9743 +1 651-257-6668
Excellent
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Franconia Sculpture Park

Reviewed By radsvijay - Hyderabad, India

It has the element of surprise. The sculpture does not cease to amaze you. The setting is rustic. We missed interaction with the sculptors, but there are, I am told sessions where one can meet the sculptors. The park is open from dawn to dusk and is free.

3. Interstate State Park- Wisconsin

State Highway 35, Saint Croix Falls, WI +1 715-483-3747
Excellent
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Interstate State Park- Wisconsin

Reviewed By manmountain13 - Bloomington, Minnesota

The rocky gorge is very scenic and I enjoy the area but it is worth noting that the cliffs don't go very far. If you take the boat ride you will notice how the cliffs disappear quickly and give way to flat forest and grass, then there is another small dalles just south of there and not much else. It reminds me of Wisconsin Dells. It's a nice area but you shouldn't expect it to rival some of the more scenic places in Minnesota like the North Shore or Lake Pepin. It's also very dangerous.

4. Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation

2232 100th Ave, Dresser, WI 54009-4445
Excellent
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5 based on 59 reviews

Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation

Trollhaugen is a family owned ski area located 50 miles Northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Trollhaugen has 23 trails, 3 chair lifts, 3 terrain parks (accessible by rope tow), and 3 rope tow beginner hills. Trollhaugen also offers tubing on the weekends and holidays. Trollhaugen also operates zip lines and a high ropes challenge course during the spring/summer/fall.

Reviewed By Anne H

I took my four grandchildren (22,10,10 and 8) midday on a Friday in August. And I harnessed up too--I'm >70. Our group orientation was with 3 others and overall the course was big enough to not feel crowded or rushed. The experience was a blast!...MoreThis is fantastic! Appreciate you taking the time to outline your experience. It could definitely answer a lot of questions new adventurers might have. Thanks for coming out! Skol!

5. Riverwood Canoe & Kayak Rental

305 River St, Osceola, WI 54020-3024
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5 based on 81 reviews

Riverwood Canoe & Kayak Rental

We are a small family owned canoe rental company with free shuttle service. Our family has lived on the St. Croix for over 60 years! Now, after decades of St. Croix River canoe experience, we have opened to the public. We easily have the the lowest rates and are small enough to be able to provide personal service and helpful advice.We provide canoes, kayaks, life preservers and paddles. Our free shuttle service blows the competition out of the water in the areas of punctuality and fun!Owners Joel Carlson, Kevin Carlson and Andrew Carlson

Reviewed By carrieakubiak - Mead, Colorado

Summer is not complete without a paddle down the Upper St Croix. We decided to try paddleboarding and it was nothing short of a BLAST! The Riverwood staff exhibited great energy, and there location is perfect! Whether you are canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding the St Croix, go with this company, they are first class!

6. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

220 South St, Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Excellent
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

We offer Daily Excursions 7 days a week from early May to Mid October. Times vary so, please visit the website. We also offer evening dinner cruises and the boats are available to charter for a private event. Please ignore the hours below as Trip Advisor does not allow us to alter our hours. We are open 7 days a week from the 1st weekend in May thru Mid October. Our hours vary during the year. Please call or check our website for details.

Reviewed By BagLady69Nd - ND

A few years ago we visited Taylors Falls and hoped to do the Scenic Boat Tour. At the time, the government was in 'shutdown mode' and since the Corps of Engineers manages the river activity, no boat tours were running. So with the beautiful fall weather, we decided to try again. We booked our tickets online which was a smooth process. The day could not have been more perfect. The temp was in the high 60s to low 70s with a slight breeze. The river was higher than usual so we boarded the paddle wheel in the Interstate Park area which provided us an opportunity to see that beautiful area as well since we arrived 30 minutes or so before the tour. Even though it was mid-October, the foliage was very colorful. Ryan was an excellent captain providing us with a very smooth ride. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave some interesting facts about the region. I also liked that he didn't talk the entire time, only when he had specific landmarks to point out. A ver relaxing, beautiful day to be on The Princess and in Taylors Falls.

7. Cascade Falls

Cascade St, Osceola, WI
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5 based on 62 reviews

Cascade Falls

Reviewed By BillW611 - Ripon, WI

My wife and I visited the Falls during our last morning in Osceola. They are impressive. There is also a short, but extremely well maintained, trail along the creek at the base of the Falls. There is also a brochure available there with information about other short trails around town.

8. Pleasant Valley Orchard

17325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Shafer, MN 55074-9616 +1 651-257-9159
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Pleasant Valley Orchard

Reviewed By blnavarremary - Navarre, Florida

Pick your own apples or buy them in the shop. Hay rides, gift shop, pumpkins. A great fun outing without the overwhelming crowds in some of the orchards closer to the Twin Cities. They also sell homemade apple pies to bake at home; scones and turnovers, jams and lots of varieties of fresh apples. Try Sweet Tango or Honeycrisp apples if you like your apples sweet, Haralson if you prefer tart flavors.

9. Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

114 Depot Rd, Osceola, WI 54020-8055
Excellent
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

The Osceola & St Croix Valley Rail Road operates from May through October, departing from the Osceola Depot with alternating tourist runs to Marine-on-St Croix, Mn (11:00) Dresser, Wi (1:30) & again to M. "Specials" include Brunch (11:00) & Dinner Trains (5:00) on weekends, Mother's Day & Father's Day Brunch & Dinner, and Fall "Color Trains" with meal service. Brunch and Dinner Service is "First Class", with China, silver and fresh linens ready for use in the old "high dollar" tradition. We strive to meet the standards when service was an art and every journey included a trip to the dining car. We operate charters for community groups, corporate activities, church, graduation & retirement dinners, weddings, receptions and more. All equipment meets FRA standards for operation, and we make every effort to accommodate guests with physical issues. However, please note that certain pieces of our rolling stock are non-ADA compliant due to age and historic nature.

Reviewed By Wibas - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Great scenery and fantastic food about sums up this late afternoon excursion. Excellent service makes you feel like you stepped back in time. I would recommend this to anyone looking to enjoy this type experience.

10. Ken's Keyboard Bar

301 St Hwy 35, Osceola, WI 54020-4104 +1 715-294-2481
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5 based on 1 reviews

Ken's Keyboard Bar

Reviewed By surestop - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stopped in for a couple beverages and met new friends. really a nice bar. No food but great chips and Cracker Jacks . . . I know!!

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