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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
One of the last FREE zoos in the United States, Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year.
Top 10 Things to Do
10 must-dos for your Saint Paul summer.
Saint Paul is a city for all seasons. Here are some can't miss summer experiences.
1. Como Zoo
Lions and tigers and polar bears...oh, my! Looking for something fun and free to do this summer? The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory offers free admission to the public. Enjoy your day with family and friends, walk around the grounds and observe the animals at play. Later, stroll over to Como Town amusement park for rides, games and food. Find more free things to do.
2. Dine outside
When things start to heat up, locals hit the patios. Outdoor dining is a must during Minnesota summers—check out this blog for a list of our favorites. Discover more outdoor dining in the Restaurant Guide.
3. Get tickets to a Minnesota United match at Allianz Field
Cheer on Major League Soccer's Minnesota United FC at their new home, Allianz Field. This breathtaking outdoor stadium in Saint Paul's Midway neighborhood kicked off its inaugural season in April of 2019.
4. Spend the night at the Covington Inn B&B
One of America's few floating bed and breakfasts, the Covington Inn is nestled under the skyline on the Mississippi River. This iconic inn boasts both a common gathering place and individual rooms, allowing you to make your stay as private or social as you prefer. Explore more overnight accommodations.
5. Groove to outdoor music
Every summer, there are dozens of live music performances to enjoy on any given evening. Revel in music from all genres over cocktails on the patios of your favorite local restaurants or gather family and friends for the various free concerts at Como Park, Rice Park or Mears Park.
6. Find a festival
Saint Paul is host to many diverse festivals all season long, but summer is where we really hit our stride. Whether you're into art, music, beer, or cultural celebrations, there's a festival for you. Check out the calendar of events.
7. Check out the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field
Everyone wins at a St. Paul Saints baseball game at CHS Field in Lowertown. The quirkily themed nights, tasty ballpark concessions, fireworks, giveaways, and inexpensive tickets make game days one of the favorite activities in the Capital City. Find somewhere to eat near CHS Field.
8. Find learning and fun all in one
The Science Museum of Minnesota is a wonderland for kids and adults alike - you'll find dinosaurs, a larger-than-life astronaut and interactive exhibits on sports, race and more. Just blocks away, Minnesota Children's Museum is packed with experiences allowing children to explore, create and learn - slide down a 4-story slide, make-believe in Our Town and get hands-on in the maker studio. Discover Minnesota's past at Minnesota History Center and explore The Bell Museum, the state's official natural history museum and planetarium. Taking in Saint Paul's world-class museums is sure to keep your crew happy on even the most unfortunate of rainy days.
9. Cool off at a local brewery
Enjoy a craft beer at one of the numerous breweries around Saint Paul—most are equipped with awesome patios with a rotating line-up of food trucks.
10. Hang out along the iconic Mississippi River
Picnic, bike ride, or stroll around one of Saint Paul's many parks along the Mississippi River. Cruise the river on Padelford Riverboats daily sight-seeing cruise. Or rent a kayak from the National Park Service’s kayak-sharing system and explore Pickerel Lake.