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Padelford Riverboats

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Find family fun around every corner in Saint Paul.

Note that some locations have reduced hours, require advanced reservations, or are temporarily closed in response to the impacts of Covid-19 - please check with locations before your visit.

  • Let the kids take a ride on the giant slide, build with real tools in The Studio, explore Imaginopolis and more at the Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Watch the polar bears take a dip in the pool at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, the nation's oldest free zoo is a family favorite here in Saint Paul.
  • Explore the hands-on exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The little athletes in your life will have a blast racing their favorite pros at the Sportsology exhibit. 
  • For an unforgettable day on the water, take a Padelford Riverboat Cruise. The hour and half tour takes you past a variety of beautiful and historic locations as you drift along the mighty Mississippi.
  • Round up the whole family and bring them to the funhouse that is Can Can Wonderland. The kids will love the mini-golf and arcade games, and you'll love the fancy adult milkshakes. 
  • Watch the polar bears take a dip in their pool at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, the nation's oldest free zoo is a family favorite here in Saint Paul. 
  • Dine at one of our favorite kid-friendly Capital City restaurants, where you'll find more than chicken fingers and personal pizzas (though we have those, too). 
  • Bring a little Saint Paul home with a children's book from Red Balloon Bookshop or a toy from Mischief, both conveniently located on Grand Avenue.
  • Get out of the city for a bit and venture to the world-famous Mall of America for a day of play at Nickelodeon Universe—plus, a little retail therapy for Mom and Dad. 
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Attractions/Things to Do Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Science Museum of Minnesota Attractions/Things to Do Science Museum Of Minnesota
Minnesota Children’s Museum Attractions/Things to Do Minnesota Children’s Museum
Como Park Attractions/Things to Do Como Park
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