Must dos in Saint Paul?
I used to live on the West Side up on the bluffs a bit and you come down Smith with all of Saint Paul opening up as a vista at the top of the High Bridge—wonderful view. There's a little park right up on the ridge that has a great vantage point to see all of the city. You can see the airport and the east. That view has a special place in my heart.
Also, the sunset from Harriet Island. The first time I experienced that, it was one of those perfect Minnesota summer nights—the sky is blue, temperatures are great, somehow the mosquitoes aren't around. All of the colors playing with the Science Museum and everything else Downtown with the First National Bank sign lit up. Absolutely recommend walking the riverwalk and watching the sunset.
Festival Of Nations is a must-do because people's perception of Saint Paul might be one way, but the beauty of the Festival Of Nations is seeing just how wrong they are about that impression. There are so many amazing thriving cultures here that are well supported by their communities and the community at large. You can experience so many different parts of the world in one place. It's an amazing time—super fun and affordable—why wouldn't you want to do that?
St. Patrick's Day for the parade. There’s a large Irish community in Saint Paul and it's a very fun time. How often do you get to be on a downtown street they've shut off for a parade? Why wouldn't you want to participate in that? Regardless of the weather, it’s just so much more fun to do St. Patrick's Day in Saint Paul. Anyone who says otherwise, you're wrong. It's that much better.
The Minnesota State Fair—everything fried on a stick. It's a spectacle. There's the Miracle Of Birth barn where you get to see animals born—city kids don't do that all the time. Giant pumpkins, the whole butter carving thing—it’s so strange, yet so awesome. Sweet Martha's cookies, obviously. People who live in California ask me, “Can you go to the State Fair and send me the bucket of the cookies? Please. I’ll pay you whatever you want.” New beers, tractor equipment you can climb all over to live out your giant machinery dreams. Concerts. Wandering on end. It's a quintessential thing. People come from all around just to go to the State Fair.