St. Peter is rich in historical buildings and besides having about a dozen structures on the National Register of Historic Places, the entire downtown area was also given that designation. Many of the old buildings downtown still maintain the historical features that have been lost on other buildings.
St. Peter is home to the internationally renowned Gustavus Adolphus College, is the headquarters of the Alumacraft Boat Company, the Minnesota School Board Association, Scholarship America, Hendrickson Organ Factory (a company that makes hand made pipe organs which are shipped around the world) and a state treatment facility.
St. Peter is also proud to host several large celebrations each year. On July 4th over 10,000 people visit town to take part in the Old Fashioned Independence Day celebration picnic, view the 2 hour parade, attend the drum and bugle corps event and watch the fireworks. In September the annual Rock Bend Folk Festival takes place in Minnesota Square Park and in October Gustavus hosts the world famous Nobel Conference. Students and dignitaries from all over the world come to participate in this week long event.