Attractions & Tours you'll never forget.
Take a moment to review some of Hudson's attractions - simply click on the list below for more information about our diverse destinations. Hudson has something for everyone to enjoy!
45th Parallel Spirits
Truly Handcrafted by Us at 45th Parallel Spirits
From start to finish, every step of the production of every drop of 45th Parallel Vodka occurs under our control in our facility in New Richmond, WI. Our more traditional method of production perhaps requires more effort and is more costly than other more vogue methods, but it is our way of being assured the highest quality of Spirits is in our bottles.
We Offer Classes on How to Distill Vodka, Gin & Whiskey
If you would like to learn what it takes to create alcohol, you might be interested in attending our next class on vodka, gin and whiskey production. Check out www.DistillingClass.com for more information.
Tours Now Available
Would you like to visit our distillery and sample our spirits?
Guided tours are provided by appointment on the hour, on the days and hours listed below. Please call ahead to reserve a spot: (715) 246-0565.
Friday: 4:30, 6:00, & 7:30
Saturday: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, & 4:30
Sample Flight and Tour = $5/person
PRIVATE TOURS are available also to groups. Please call for reservations.
Tasting Room and Store Hours
You may stop by the distillery during our regular business hours to purchase or sample our products. You can also watch the daily process of making our spirits.
Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 7pm
Saturday: Noon - 5pm
1570 Madison Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017 (715) 246-0565
Afton * Hudson Cruise Lines
Treat yourself and guests to a cruise along the beautiful shores of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The professional, courteous staff and crew caters to all of your needs.
1st Street/Lakefront Park, Hudson, WI 54016
(651) 436-8883 | email@example.com| www.stcroixrivercruises.com
Art Bench Trail
The St. Croix River Valley Art Bench Trail connects seven artistic benches created between 2006 and 2011 by youth and other community members working with a local artist. Each was made possible with support from local businesses, municipalities, school, and others community partners.
The River Bench in Hudson was created by 60 children from Hudson's Destination Imagination program and their parents. Over 1,000 hours were devoted to this project under the direction of local artist Lynn Jermal.
For a map of the entire St. Croix Valley Art Bench Trail please visit artbenchtrail.org.
Birkmose Park & Indian Burial Mounds
Birkmose Park has a magnificent view overlooking the St. Croix River Valley and River. The Park is home to several Indian Burial Mounds adding to the peace and serenity of the site. Picnics, alcohol and fires are not allowed here, but this park is a great spot to read a book, take pictures, or to just sit and enjoy.
Coulee Road & Birkmose Park Lane, Hudson, WI 54016
American Sky Brewing Company
American Sky Brewing Company was established by Greg and Molly Harris in 2012. The line reflects a military reverence, whose flagship beers pay homage to US aviation during World War II and appeal to microbrew and mainstream fans alike. Their flagship beers – a mainstay at establishments in western Wisconsin – include the blonde ale Tailgunner Gold, smooth and malty Amber Salute, and robust citra-hopped USA-IPA.
Tour the brewery on Saturdays at 3 p.m. The cost of the tour is $5 and includes a 5 oz sampling of our 3 flagship beers and a pint glass! Along with American Sky Beer's mainstays, beer-tenders serve pints of weekly-rotating specialties, such as Black IPA, Coffee Stout, and Cream Ale. Keeping revelers in full revel, events such as Wing Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays with complimentary meat and cheese samplings, Friday Movie Night, live local music featured on Saturdays and Beer and Bacon Sundays. See the website for complete details!
The Hangar is open:
Wednesday 4 - 9 pm
Thursday - 4 - 9 pm
Friday - 2 - 10 pm
Saturday - Noon - 10 pm
Sunday - Noon - 4 pm
1510 Swasey Streeet, Hudson, WI 54016
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center provides a unique opportunity for you to learn and explore the outdoors. With property on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the scenic St. Croix River, we are able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing educational opportunities. Hiking trails wind throughout the tall pines, oak savanna, restored prairies, wooded ravines, around the apple orchard, and along the river of the 425 acre main property north of Hasting, MN. Wildlife abounds in the restored prairie and wooded bluffs on the 300 acre Wisconsin nature preserve. With over 10 miles of hiking trails, 3.5 of which are paved to accommodate persons with mobility limitations, you will see a vast variety of plant and animal communities.
Our Interpretive Center is located onsite and is open daily 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, offering hands-on exhibits and live animals for display. Hiking trails, Beach access, and the Interpretive Center are open to the public 7 days a week 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and are only closed select holidays.
12805 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
(651) 437-4359 www.carpenternaturecenter.org
Concerts in the Park
The summer series, June – August, of FREE CONCERTS at the Lakefront Park Bandshell. All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., or as noted on the schedule. Please respect the comfort of others and do not smoke or bring any pets into the seating area. 2013 CONCERT SCHEDULE
Lakefront Park Bandshell, 1st Street, between Locust and Walnut Streets, Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-4774, ext. 113
Historic Walking Tour
A walk around town is a walk back in time. Enjoy the many beautifully restored Victorian era homes in the historic residential district of Hudson, one of which is open to the public as a bed and breakfast inn. Take a walk and see it for yourself.
Hudson Farmers’ Market on Carmichael
The Farmers' Market takes pride in bringing you locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and more sold by the farmers that produce them. Visit the Farmers' Market every Saturday 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. May to October.
777 Carmichael Road, Hudson, WI 54016, www.hudsonfarmersmarketcarmichael.com
Locust Street Car Shows
The Classic Car Show returns to Downtown Hudson the second Friday of every month May – October from 6 pm – 9 pm. Come on down for this family friendly event and view classic cars & trucks, muscle cars and one of a kind automobiles. The show is free and open to the public.
216 Locust Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, Hudson, WI 54016, (715) 381-9866
Built in 1855, this unique eight-sided house was home to Judge John Moffat who came to Hudson from New York. It is now owned by the St. Croix County Historical Society and is maintained as a museum complex (the Octagon House, the Garden House and the Carriage House), and is furnished with artifacts and antiques from early life in St. Croix County. It boasts a true Victorian garden and has a Museum Gift Shop.
Tours are available May- August, Wednesday through Sunday. In September, October and December, tours are available on weekends.
1004 Third Street, Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-2654, firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering a variety of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, DVDs, recorded books, children's story time and other programming, a Friends group and wireless internet access.
700 First Street, Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-3101, www.hudsonpubliclibrary.org
Rustic Road 13
From Hudson take State Highway 35 north 2 miles to County Road A east to Trout Brook Road. Located between County Road A and River Road.
The third road to be designated in St. Croix County, this three mile drive passes through hilly terrain along the western edge of scenic Willow River State Park. This route meanders through heavily wooded areas past several artesian wells.
State Trunk Tour - Hwy 35
"Up Wisconsin's West Coast", State Trunk Highway 35 is Wisconsin's western backbone in most places, serving as the "Great River Road" along much of the Mississippi and a key connector route between western Wisconsin towns. It's usually the westernmost route in Wisconsin, and runs the length of the state from Illinois to Duluth, Minnesota. In fact, it's the longest route on Wisconsin's state trunk system.
Yellowstone Trail Historic Automobile Route
Travel the "Yellowstone Trail" in Hudson and St. Croix County. The Yellowstone Trail was the first transcontinental road that ran from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound in the era before numbered roads and maps. With the growth of the automobile industry the need for paved roads, not just muddy unconnected dirt roads, were being demanded by private citizens. The Yellowstone Trail Association grew out of this need and was the first group to create a transcontinental route through the upper tier of the United States. By 1919, the entire route was established. In Wisconsin, the route ran from Kenosha to Hudson for 409 miles.
Follow the Yellowstone Trail and experience a trace of Americana and celebrate Hudson Heritage! For a driving guide and a FREE Wisconsin Yellowstone Trail Passport stop in the Hudson Chamber at 502 2nd Street, visit www.yellowstonetrail.org/wisconsin.htm or request a Passport HERE.