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Some Fun Facts About Saint Paul:

  • It was originally named for a bootlegger - Pig's Eye.
  • During the Depression era it was popular with gangsters, including John Dillinger and "Ma" Barker.
  • "Peanuts" creator, Charles M. Schultz, grew up here.
  • The Fitzgerald Theater is named for author F. Scott Fitzgerald who also grew up in Saint Paul. 
  • Take in a performance on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat docked on the bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul.The showboat offers old time theatre and vaudevillian entertainment in a turn-of-the-century setting.
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The Crowne Plaza Hotel St Paul - Riverfront is located in the heart of the action with stunning views of the river. The historic Saint Paul Hotel offers “old world” charm and is Saint Paul’s top rated luxury hotel. A couple of budget friendly options include the downtown Holiday Inn and the Country Inn and Suites in Northeast St. Paul. Read 

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If you are planning a romantic getaway in Saint Paul, one of the city's bed and breakfast inns is the perfect choice. There are several to choose from.

One of the most unique bed and breakfast inns anywhere in Minnesota is the Covington Inn. This B&B is a renovated riverboat anchored on the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. 

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Saint Paul is known as the more "laid back" of the Twin Cities. You will love the beauty and culture here.

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Things to Do in Saint Paul include visiting the historic buildings that give the city of Saint Paul its unique charm.

Take a tour of historic downtown Saint Paul attractions, beginning at Rice Park. Visit the  landmarks that include the Landmark Center, the Ordway, the St. Paul Hotel and the beautiful and historic Central Library...they all ring the park.

Enjoy some time within the park as well.

Take photos by the historic fountain, the statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald and characters from the cartoon strip Peanuts...created by Saint Paul native Charles Schulz.

Stop in at the St. Paul Farmers Market.

Saint Paul is filled with great statues and monuments. The onyx Vision of Peace statue is three stories tall. You will find it in the Ramsey County Courthouse/City Hall on Fourth Street.

One of my grandfathers was Chief of Police in St. Paul in the early part of the 20th century. Unfortunately he was charged with helping make St. Paul a refuge for some of the era’s most notorious gangsters including John Dillinger and Billie Frechette, Ma Barker and her boys, "Babyface" Nelson, Alvin Karpis, and others. It was a safe haven at some point during their "careers." Minnesota became an epicenter of illegal activity, with major crimes committed across the state. While surrounding towns and cities suffered, St. Paul remained nearly free of major crime. The story is told in John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936
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Former Saint Paul resident Charles Schultz was creator of the original Peanuts characters. As you tour St. Paul you will see many of them around the city. The iconic Schroeder and Lucy bronze is one of several bronze versions of the statues in Rice Park downtown.

100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die is a "bucket list" of what to experience in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

We list St. Paul first on our list of 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota as well as our page about the top 10 family vacations in Minnesota.

A Prairie Home Companion is the world renowned radio show that features host Garrison Keillor and guests that range from the well-known to little known musicians and performers. See some photos of the fun we had at the PHC 40th Anniversary weekend. Garrison Keillor has announced his retirement however "the show will go on" with a new host.

The Xcel Energy Center, location for many sporting events, concerts and conventions is just up the street from the Minnesota Science Museum and in the heart of Saint Paul's entertainment and restaurant scene.

We choose St. Paul as one of Minnesota's 10 Best Vacation Spots.

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You can take a free tour of the Minnesota State Capitol, designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1905. See the stenciled ceilings, murals, marble and sculptures then go out onto the roof for an amazing view of the city and a close up view of the golden Quadriga. Pick up a self-guided tour brochure at the information desk.

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Saint Paul Mansions Summit Avenue

Tour the St. Paul Cathedral and the Victorian mansions along Summit Avenue. Stroll along Grand Avenue to enjoy the shops and restaurants tucked into a residential area. Learn more about Minnesota Native Americans by visiting Indian Mounds Park in the Daytons Bluff area of St. Paul

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 Head over to Como Zoo to see the animals. The zoo is still free though signs ask for a voluntary donation of $2 for an adult and $1 for a child to help care for the plants and animals. While at Como Zoo you can also spend time at:

  • Como Town, located next to Como Zoo, a family-friendly amusement park with more than 18 rides and attractions, concessions and a General Store.
  • The glass-domed Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and the gardens at Como including the Orchid House and the relaxing Japanese garden.
  • "Putt'er There," a family owned and operated outdoor miniature golf course located in Como Park.
  • Cafesjian's Carousel, the historic carousel that features 68 horses and 18 scenic paintings around the upper part of the carousel.


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Visit Saint Paul in winter. There are many activities and festivities including the world famous Saint Paul Winter Carnival.   The The Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship draws thousands the for the end of January event each year. Enjoy the ice rink in front of the Landmark Center downtown, hike and cross-country ski the trails through our many parks,

Make a special trip to spend Christmas in Minnesota.

Flights to Saint Paul: You can often find cheap flights to Saint Paul since the Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport is a major hub airport. You can often do even better finding cheap vacations by combining hotel and air and being aware of the most recent offerings of discounted vacation packages.

Saint Paul Minnesota vacations may include a family reunion, a church or business retreat or other large gathering. If you are looking for a way to host this type of group consider one of these Saint Paul Vacation Rentals.

State Parks Near St. Paul Minnesota

Visit a Minnesota State Park on your Saint Paul Minnesota vacation. Wherever you are in Minnesota, there are sure to be one or more of our beautiful state parks nearby.  

Fort Snelling State Park - How to Get to Fort Snelling State Park: The park is located on Post Road at the juncture of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport.  

Afton State Park - overlooks the St. Croix River on Highway 95, and is about a 20 minute drive south of St. Paul.  

Interstate State Park - How to Get to Interstate State Park: The park is located on Highway 8 about 1 mile south of Taylors Falls.  

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