Parks in Saint Cloud, Minnesota


Go for a walk (or bike ride) at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Waite Park - This park has acres of woods, a beautiful prairie, stunning old quarries filled with water, and even a beach area for swimming!


You can bring a picnic lunch and spend hours here - The trails are well-kept and wooded, so you have plenty of shade to protect you from the hot sun.


Wilson Park is a great option along the river with a playground, a large open grassy area, and a volleyball net. We really like this playground - It had a variety of options for different age ranges and a nice padded ground.



Flower Garden in Saint Cloud, Minnesota


Munsinger Gardens is one of my favorite local spots - My husband and I like to load up the stroller and take our boys here to walk around after supper and enjoy watching the sunset, bathing the garden with golden light. It is so peaceful! It is also walking distance from Riverside Park and the water dam. I would say that this is a better family activity for young families (whose children will be in strollers or baby carriers) or with children that are old enough to enjoy the beautiful flowers without crushing them.

Local History Museum


Stearns History Museum is located conveniently across the street from Costco - Now, (life hack alert!) my husband and I have figured out that we can go to Costco around 1pm for the samples, grab a slice of pizza at the check out, and then take it across the street to the peaceful grounds at the Stearns History Museum to enjoy our food. Our boys can run around the grassy area to get out their energy, and then we can go inside to walk around the museum.


Halfway through the museum, they have a pitstop for kids with a table, books, coloring pages, toys, etc.,

Ice Cream


My family loves food and sweets - Ice cream is a favorite! ColdStone Creamery is conveniently located near highway 15 and is one of our frequent haunts. If you want to venture a little ways out of Saint Cloud and support a local business instead of a franchise, Jupiter Moon is another favorite! We like to take a walk around St. Joe, stop in the shops, sip coffee from The Local Blend, and savor yummy ice cream.


Places to Eat


We love to eat! (If you haven't picked that up already.)


Star of India is one of our favorites, the people on staff have always been really sweet and engaging with our toddler.

Greek Cravings is another yummy ethnic place downtown, they have the best gyros I've had in Saint Cloud!

BoDiddley's Deli is one of the places that we used to get deli sandwiches from before going on dates while my husband and I were dating. It is an easy place to pick up subs, or (my favorite) chicken shwarma and soup of the day.



Have fun exploring Saint Cloud!

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Hi, my name is

Susannah!


St. Cloud MN family and newborn photographer

There are too many beautiful little moments to family life and motherhood to let them pass by undocumented.


I am wife to my hardworking hubby, mama to two sweet little boys, lover of photographs, and family photographer in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.


I have always been a feeler, lover of words, language, music, and emotion. Telling the beautiful story of family through photography as a lifestyle photographer resonates with me on a deeply personal level.


The way a mother holds her child, the loving glances between husband and wife over the head of their tiny newborn, the toddler clutching his mother's hand and peering up at her from beneath his tousled curls - These are such precious moments that help tell the story of each family and their love for one another.


I love to get to know you, the things that are special to you, the things that you want to remember, and tailoring sessions to each family to tell your story in an intentional and meaningful way.