Kick Back & Go Fish
The fishing opener isn’t until May 11, but if you’re in Minnesota, you should really think about dropping a line-- it’s a bonafide state pastime. Just about every card-carrying Minnesotan has a pedigree of lake water and lake fish running through their veins and can likely bait a hook and take off what bites upon it.
To me, there’s no better bite of the “sea” than our freshwater sunfish, crappie, or walleye. But even if you catch and release, there’s hardly a better glimpse of our state than at the end of a dock somewhere. There are scores of fishing lakes in St. Paul, and fishing the river is also a thing. Borrow fishing equipment at the DNR.
Eat at a Food Truck
One of the best ways to get a taste of the city is to grab food from a food truck (or two, or three) and dine in a nearby park. Local spots for food truck gatherings include Lowertown’s Mears Park, St. Paul’s East Side, near the State Capitol building, and at many local breweries-- plenty of which also offer outdoor opportunities for sips and nibbles. Lunchtime is an ideal time to troll for trucks. Fave spots include BURNT CHKN, and Potter’s Pasties. Watch their Instagram pages for details on where they’ll be rolling.
Also: Seventh Street Truck Park is an indoor food truck experience (cold weather friendly!) where you can also grab a beer or a cocktail to go with those chicken and waffles, pizza, or taco.
Go The Fair(grounds)
While you’ll have to come back to visit us at the end of summer to attend “The Great Minnesota Get Together,” the country’s second-largest state fair, the State Fairgrounds do not go dormant the other 355 days of the year. Check out the Saint Paul Osman Shrine Circus (March 21-24), 66th Annual Rod & Custom Spectacular Car Show (April 6-7), Minnesota Horse Expo (April 26-27), Northland Vintage Toy, Train, Advertising & Pop Culture Show (May 5) and more.