Saint Paul Travel Guide

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Saint Paul Highlights

  • Pro
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     Art exhibitions, coffee houses, fairs, outdoor activities. 

  • Con
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     poorly designed streets 

  • In a nutshell
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     Everything you think it will be and more. For better and worse... 

Saint Paul Things to Do

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    It is time to move on and discover quite a popular place to visit in Saint Paul: The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, which has around 2,5 mln visitor a year. The entrance to the park, zoo and also the conservatory is for free, although they do appreciate a voluntary donation of $2 for an adult and $1 for a child. I love seeing flowers and gardens,...

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  • Science Museum of Minnesota

    The Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum in the Upper Midwest and I am sure it is one of the best. This is an absolutely wonderful museum and I would recommend it for all ages. The current special exhibit – and the reason we went – was The Dead Sea Scrolls, described as the most important archaelogical discovery of the 20th...

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  • Visit the State Capitol...

    One of distinguish buildings in Minnesota. It's set in a wide campus with a good view of downtown St. Paul and the Cathedral. There are monuments is front and golden chariots decorating the unsupported dome which is said to be the second largest in the world next to its model St. Pete's Basilica of Rome.

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Saint Paul Restaurants

  • Pints and Plates

    Great Waters is a large, sunny brewpub with good craft beers and equally decent food. Some of the microbrews rotate seasonally, and sample flights are available for the undecided. They're open for lunch and dinner with a menu that's a bit more upscale than the average brewery and a relaxed, well-behaved clientele. We usually do this one on an...

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  • Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub

    I love the ambiance and the good service.It is a sport bar located along 7th avenue. It’s a popular spot for lunch, dinner and snacks. They have a huge collection of hockey photos and memorabilia on its walls. The menu features US and Canadian specialties in big servings.I love their chicken wings. Hockey City chicken Wings and Puck dog.

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  • W. A. Frost

    This is conciderably more elegant than those mentioned above. A romantic cozy environment and great food.Many, many years ago this building was a drug store where F. Scott Fitzgerald used to buy cigars for his father. The building is on the Federal Registry of Landmarks.A great place to bring a date.

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Saint Paul Nightlife

  • Up on the Roof

    This is another of Kieran Folliard's four excellent local Irish pubs (the other three are in Minneapolis) and a great spot, in the summer, for cocktails in the sun or under the stars. The Liffey is downtown and almost across the street from the Xcel Energy Center so it's a hot spot during winter hockey season. The interior is all lovely carved wood...

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  • Serious Beer

    The ridiculous name conjures up images of flaxen-haired waitresses schelpping pancakes to bad polka music but not so. If the Muddy Pig is beer heaven, this is Nirvana: 70 beers on tap, and 350 in bottles. All of this hoppy splendor is housed in a beautifully restored former firehouse with an upscale, ambitious (and pricey) menu besides. Fortunately...

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  • The Muddy Pig

    I hear that you can eat here but with as many quality beers as The Pig carries, food is strictly optional. I count 48 on the tap list and 63 in bottles. Not to mention a mind-blowing stock of scotches, bourbons and whiskeys. Oh yes, this is a very serious pub and not for sissies - they don't even have a Happy Hour. No matter, we were here for Hop...

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Saint Paul Transportation

  • Getting Around St. Paul

    The areas around St. Paul are fairly easy to navigate with a good map as most roads are well marked and go north/south or east/west. Downtown is a mess, as the road scheme doesn't really make any sense. Make sure to have a map and ask directions. The best way to get around is by car, but there is a decent bus system (see link).

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  • The Mpls/St. Paul airport is...

    The Mpls/St. Paul airport is the headquarters for Northwest airlines (which I happened to work for before). Alot of people come to here on plane. Personally, I would rather chose doing a road trip because I love to see everything.If you really don't have a transportation of your own when you are in St. Paul..that is fine. There is a big bus system...

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  • You'll be doing a lot of...

    You'll be doing a lot of driving in St. Paul. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul has a lot of highways so get a good map.

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Saint Paul Shopping

  • Grand Shopping

    This is a fun ramble on a nice day. Grand Avenue is a 30-block stretch of nice old houses, apartments, shops and restaurants that runs from the Mississippi River to downtown St. Paul. The shops are mostly concentrated in an 11-block area from Syndicate to Dale streets and has a nice mix of "original" and chain varieties. Among my favorites are:The...

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  • Support Local Artists!

    This is a little gem of a shop that carries unique and eclectic items crafted by local artists. Located right beside Great Waters Brewing and above Artists' Quarter jazz nightclub, it's a fun place to browse for a treasure to take home. Photography, pottery, textiles, jewelry, glass, etc. Open Mon - Wed, 10-5, Thur - Fri, 10-6, Sat. 11-6. Prices...

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  • Patronize your local Independent...

    Ruminator Books is one of those great "Book Sense" Independent booksellers. It's located in the small commercial area close to Macalester College. It was packed the night I was there - Robert "Iron John" Bly was giving a reading from his latest poetry collection.

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Saint Paul Local Customs

  • Minneapolis, where's that?

    Local custom number 1, disregard your larger neighbor to the west.The monument in this picture, by the way, is in honor of the men and women of St. Paul and Ramsey County who lost their lives in World War I.

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  • Biking/Walking Path Etiquette

    Many of the great paths around our urban lakes, parks and riverfront areas are split into two - one for walkers/runners and one for bikers/bladers. Look for markings indicating which is which, or just watch what others are doing and follow along. These paths can converge at points so if there's just one walkway and it doesn't have indicated lanes...

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  • My Confession at the Cathedral of St....

    In the spring of 1964, when I was a 19-year-old college freshman, I visited St. Paul with a group of friends. On that trip we went to the Cathedral of St. Paul twice - once for a mass and then later for a tour. It was the first Catholic mass I had ever attended and the first Catholic cathedral I had ever seen. There was one very small Catholic...

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Saint Paul Warnings and Dangers

  • Do not help the panhandlers

    The panhandlers are very aggrissive. they all have the same story. When you give them money it keeps them around and the local busissness do not want them around. Dont go around the Xcel energy center past 6pm due to the dorthary day center for the homeless.

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  • Killer Whirlpool by Spillway of Lock &...

    Stay at least 650 feet away from the dam by the Ford Plant. It is marked with signs that show a diamond (danger) with a cross (motorboats not allowed). The sherrif told us 1 guy was caught in the killer whirlpool for 7 and a half weeks - because his body was caught in the killer whirlpool - and nobody could get in to grab his body. And he was...

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  • The roads are slippery when it snows

    When it snows, the roads get slippery. It is a good practice to drive slower and more carefully... or you could end up in the ditch! The photo shows a van that was driving the way it is not currently facing....

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Saint Paul Tourist Traps

  • A big disappointment

    Festival of Nations is an ongoing event since 1932. Its goal is to celebrate ethnic diversity, and to preserve cultural and family values. So it's a great thing in theory.However, the reality was a big disappointment. The 'representatives' are all volunteers working to introduce their ethnic backgrounds - and I have no doubt they do their best to...

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  • Peanuts Statues

    Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was born and raised in St. Paul. To honor him, 40 large Snoopy statues were distributed to various businesses and organizations around St. Paul for display. Each group got to paint or decorate their Snoopy statue however they chose. For example, the St. Paul Saints baseball team gave snoopy a bat,...

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  • I am sure alot of people would...

    I am sure alot of people would say this and I also would have to go with the Mall of America. When it comes to shopping, I think most of the stores in there are a little more expensive than usual. If you are planning on going there and don't like the big crowd of people...don't go there on the weekends. It is not all just all places to go shopping...

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Saint Paul What to Pack

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    Photo Equipment: Saint Paul is a little more hilly than Minneapolis and I always enjoy the foliage more in the Twin Cities' smaller city than in its bigger neighbor to the west. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the moments.

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Saint Paul Off The Beaten Path

  • The Gateway Trail

    The Gateway trail is a well paved trail that runs from downtown St. Paul, 18.3 miles to Pine Point county park, which is north of Stillwater. It was created over old railroad tracks, so it is fairly level. For over half of the trail, there is a dirt trail that runs parallel to it for horseback riding. It is well maintained, and is perfect for...

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  • Como Park is one of my...

    Como Park is one of my favorite places to relax in St. Paul. There's a free zoo and conservatory and lots of beautiful green space to explore. There's even a public golf course, pictured here. Check out the website for more details. 1225 Estabrook DriveSaint Paul, MN 55103

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  • Historic Fort Snelling

    Historic Fort Snelling is an 1820's military outpost around which the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have developed. When the fort was built it was a lonely outpost in the wilderness, on the far northwestern edge of United States Territory. Today it is bordered by freeways full of rushing traffic in the center of of a bustling urban area....

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Saint Paul Sports & Outdoors

  • Take time to tailgate!

    There's more to Minnesota baseball than just the Twins. Saint Paul, our beautiful capital city, is the home of the Saint Paul Saints who play for the Northern League.Last Summer I was tailgating before a game when I was invited to participate as the "Grand Fan of the Game." All I would have to do is suit up in a whole lot of velcro and be stuck to...

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  • Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena

    Any given evening in the winter, you can watch a kids hockey game taking place here. It's a great arena.

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  • Big Twin Cities River Walleye

    There is a walleye sanctuary just south of the Ford Plant on the Mississippi. Because all walleye here are catch and release - they grow really big! 3 pound plus walleye are an easy catch in this area. Long pole, jig, and minnow - catches all the fish here!

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Saint Paul Favorites

  • Do not help the panhandlers

    There is a lot of friendly people. There is two main thearters in downtown. There is a full service grocery store that not many people know about. They have a meat department , A great Deli, Fresh produce and much more. Candyland is right next door with lots of great sweets.

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  • The Wide Mississippi

    Good views of the Mississippi from Kellogg Mall in downtown St. Paul. The gentle sweep of the river reminds me of the Danube!

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  • Ramsay County Courthouse

    This 20 story Art Deco skyscraper is one of the most notable buildings in downtown St. Paul. It was opened in 1932, and has been well-cared for since then. Designed by the well-known firm of Holabird & Root from Chicago, the courthouse uses the finest of building materials, including Indiana limestone and Wisconsin Black Granite on the exterior,...

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