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Recreation in Benton County

Libraries/Historical Information

Great River Regional Library (320) 650-2500
Foley Public Library (320) 968-6612
Benton County Historical Museum (320) 253-9614


County Parks


Benton County Fair
Granite City Days Festival (St. Cloud)
Mississippi Music Fest (St. Cloud)
Rapids River Food Fest (Sauk Rapids)
Sartell Summer Fest
Rice Days
Foley Fun Days
Gilman Days


Sports Area East, Sauk Rapids
(320) 252-0508

Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey, St. Cloud Youth Hockey, Sauk Rapids High School, and Sauk Rapids-Sartell Girls Hockey are the primary renters of the arena. Open skating is also available to the public. Special events held at the arena are the Benton County Fair, the Jose Coles Circus, the Pantowners Antique, the Car Club Show, and the Roller Hockey League.

Municipal Athletic Complex, St. Cloud
(320) 255-7223

The Municipal Athletic Complex, or the MAC, includes Dave Torrey Arena, Ritche Arena, Dick Putz Field, Joe Faber Field, Veteran's Public Golf Course, and MN Veteran's Memorial Plaza.

National Hockey Center, St. Cloud
(320) 255-3327

Located on campus at St. Cloud State University, the National Hockey Center hosts games to the following groups: St. Cloud State Men's and Women's Hockey, St. John's University Hockey, and Sartell High School Hockey. Various high school and youth hockey practices, youth hockey tournaments, summer camps, open hockey/skating, and concerts are also held in the Center.

Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud
(320) 255-7245

Located in St. Cloud, the Whitney Senior Center provides citizens, predominantly 55 and over with recreational activities and classes, special health programs and services, and free support groups.

Paramount Theatre and Arts District, St. Cloud
(320) 240-0836

The Paramount is a renovated historical theater that hosts performances by the Troupe Theatre, County Stearns Theatrical Company, and Central MN Children's Theater. A gallery and art classes are also available.

Munsinger/Clemens Gardens, St. Cloud
(320) 255-7206

Munsinger/Clemems Gardens are nationally renowned flower gardens. Admission is free, weddings and special events are held there, and guided tours are available.

St. Cloud Civic Center
(320) 255-7272
(800) 450-7272

The Civic Center is a 100,000 square foot entertainment, convention, trade show and meeting center facility. It has sixteen breakout rooms and 41,500 square feet of exhibit space.

(320) 251-9040

Open spring-fall. Includes go-karts, miniature golf, a waterslide, arcade center, betting cages, and bumper boats.