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Parks & Zoos

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
For joggers, bikers, picnickers, and nature lovers, Saint Paul offers over 170 parks and recreation areas. 

Along with riverfront parks, the city is dotted with urban parks that make it easy to get back to nature. Spend a lazy afternoon in Raspberry Island Regional Park, which features walking paths, benches for reading or resting, and access to the Mississippi River. If you’re visiting in December, be sure to take a stroll through Rice Park, where thousands of twinkling lights and holiday decorations capture the spirit of a Saint Paul Christmas. For kids and animal lovers of all ages, the Como Zoo and Conservatory is the oldest free zoo in the U.S. and includes 25 different animal exhibits.

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  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
    Como Zoo and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory offer a year-round close up look at the wonders of the plant and animal kingdoms...
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  • Como Town
    An outdoor family park with more than 18 rides and attractions for kids ages 2-12. Enjoy the bumper cars, family swing, frog ho...
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  • Minnesota Zoo
    The Minnesota Zoo is a family-friendly destination that exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge...
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  • Rice Park
    Flanked by the historic Landmark Center, the Ordway Center and the James J. Hill Reference Library, Rice Park offers tranquilit...
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  • Mears Park
    With a beautiful flowing stream carved through its landscape, Mears Park is an oasis in the center of a vibrant arts community....
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  • Harriet Island
    Named after a pioneer school teacher, Harriet Island was gifted to the Saint Paul community by Dr. Justus Ohage in 1900 as a re...
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  • Raspberry Island
    Saint Paul’s last true island, Raspberry Island is a beautiful site visitors can enjoy day or night along the Riverwalk pathway...
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  • Irvine Park
    Once a popular spot among vagrants, Irvine Park is but a step away from the bustling bars and restaurants along West 7th. 100 y...
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  • Upper Landing Park
    The exposed towering white sandstone cliffs of Saint Paul earned it the name “little white rocks” by the Dakota peoples who ori...
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  • Indian Mounds Park
    Perched atop Dayton’s Bluff, Indian Mounds Regional Park overlooks the mighty, twisting Mississippi. In the fall, the painterly...
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