Visit Princeton

Princeton is a community that embraces its rich and full history, yet welcomes growth opportunities.  The community offers outdoor recreational opportunities, unique shopping, and events all year long. The city is located on the scenic Rum River, just 50 miles north of the Twin Cities metro area, at the intersection of Highways 169 and 95.

DOWNTOWN:   Downtown Princeton offers unique businesses, including a shoe and clothing store, retail boutiques, a book store, rock collection store, and seasonal ice cream shop.  There are several restaurants and a coffee shop as well. 

EVENTS:  The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce offers many events throughout the year, such as the Business Expo in March; the Rum River Festival in June, featuring a parade, craft fair, 5K run/walk, and city wide garage sale; a Pork Chop Dinner in July; a Chili Fest in September; the Holly Dazzle in November; and the Winter Gala in December.  Princeton has a strong downtown business community that organizes an annual Downtown Block Party in July, featuring local businesses and live entertainment.  The Princeton Farmer's Market runs every Saturday morning from May through October.

RECREATION:  Canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are great ways to spend the afternoon on the Rum River.  You can stay at Riverside Campground or at one of the two hotels in town.  Princeton Golf Course offers 18 holes as a challenge to all types of golfers.  Mark Park features a Splash Pad for families to enjoy on hot summer days.  There are several city parks located throughout town, offering multiple baseball and softball fields, a dog park, disc golf course, and walking trails.  An ice arena with two sheets of indoor ice, a bowling alley, and skating rink add to the recreational opportunities.

The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is less than ten miles south of Princeton and offers over 30,000 acres of serenity and outdoor activities.  The Kunkel Wildlife Management Area offers over 2,500 acres of hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.  The Princeton Speedway holds races every Friday night from late May through early September.  The Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds in Princeton hosts the County Fair every August.  The Great Northern Railway Depot, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010, is home to the Mille Lacs County Historical Society - great for any history or train enthusiast!  The Historic Home Walking Tour provides a great look at Princeton's historic homes as well!

SERVICES:  Princeton has many conveniences found in a larger city but offered with a small-town charm, such as a great hospital, multiple senior care and living facilities, and an incredible school system.  Princeton's Police Department and volunteer Fire Department are ready to serve and protect the Princeton and surrounding area residents.  Churches of all denominations can also be found in Princeton. See Princeton Area Community Services for information. 

INDUSTRIAL PARK:  Princeton boasts a thriving and growing Industrial Park.  It is home to several successful manufacturing companies.

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