Top Things to do in Saint Paul this Summer

Here's a roundup of the top things you can do this summer in #MYSAINTPAUL

1. Get Outside

  • 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.

2. Explore the Arts

  • 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.


3. Visit Local Attractions 

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.


Keg & Case West 7th Market has expanded outdoors with socially distanced seating and Friday music series.

4. Indulge in 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. 
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