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Top Things to do in Saint Paul this Summer
Here's a roundup of the top things you can do this summer in #MYSAINTPAUL
- See the Mississippi River by sightseeing cruise: Padelford Riverboats offers daily 90-minute cruises.
- Explore Saint Paul’s park system: Ranked No. 3 in the country, our variety of parks are great for hiking, biking, paddling, swimming and more.
- Bring your bicycle: Take on Saint Paul’s 189 miles of bikeway and explore routes along the Mississippi River, the Gateway State Trail, downtown’s Capital City Bikeway and more.
- Bike or Paddle with a National Park Service Ranger: Sign up for one of these events with a ranger along the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area.
- Paddle Share: Utilize the National Park Service’s kayak-sharing system and explore Pickerel Lake.
- Bring your boat: Find a launch and explore the Mississippi River. We suggest a stop at Fort Snelling State Park’s Pike Island to swim and take in Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.
- Play a round: Book a tee time and try Como, Highland National and Phalen golf courses.
- Get some sun: Enjoy the lake at Phalen Park Beach and Splashpad.
- Have a picnic: Find a spot along the river gorge at one of these 20 recommended locations.
- Find sidewalk poetry: Explore Saint Paul to find one of the city’s most beloved art installations on the sidewalks, written by locals.
- Do a mural tour: From the largest hockey mural to the ChromaZone murals, Saint Paul has plenty of murals to check out all across the city. See the murals map.
- Explore public art spots: Put these six art locations on your list.
- Fine Arts Exhibit: Get tickets to experience the Fine Arts Exhibit in-person hosted by the Minnesota State Fair! Or, explore the exhibit virtually online. See more info.
For a full list of open attractions, click here.
- Explore Keg & Case West 7th Market: Take in the Fandango Summer Music Series on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Visit Como: Visit Como Zoo, opening July 29 with reservations required. Or take a walk and enjoy the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Japanese Garden (operating as a one-way walking path.)
- Beat the heat: Do a historic cave tour at the Wabasha Street Caves on Saturday mornings.
- Outdoor puzzle hunt: Explore Saint Paul through an outdoor puzzle hunt called "The Lost Treasure of Pig's Eye," offered by Trapped Puzzle Rooms.
- Music on the Porch: Music in the Cafe has morphed into Music From the Porch with live performances from Landmark Center's Market Street entry every Wednesday during the lunch hour. Limited number of chairs provided and social distancing will be observed.
Food & Drink
For a full list of current restaurant and brewery offerings, click here.
- Find a patio: Take advantage of the weather and find a restaurant or brewery patio to enjoy. See some of our favorites.
- Pop-Up Cafe: Have lunch at CHS Field and enjoy the unique outdoor seating areas of the ballpark at the Pop-Up Cafe.
- On the Mississippi: Enjoy a meal along the river in a former grain elevator building at City House.
- For the State Fair lovers: Use the Minnesota State Fair Food Finder to find fair favorites around the metro area this summer or get tickets for the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade.
- Find a food truck: Use our list of Twin Cities food trucks to find the right one for you.
- Farmers Market: Enjoy shopping outdoors at the one and only Saint Paul Farmers' Market, open Saturday and Sundays in Lowertown.