St. Paul, Minnesota is just across the Mississippi River from Minneapolis. Although St. Paul is one of the “Twin Cities”, it has a personality all its own! Keep reading for some totally free things to do in St. Paul Minnesota.
Visit the Minnesota state Capitol
You can take a free guided tour of the capitol building in St. Paul. Tours start on the hour, every hour during operating hours. The tour lasts 45 minutes and you will learn about the history of the building, the art, and the architecture. You will also get to see the chambers where the state congress is held. If the weather is good, you can take a walk to see the golden horses on the roof up close! If you have a group of ten or more, you do have to make reservations. Check out their website for more information.
Tour the Cathedral of Saint Paul
Near the capitol building, the Cathedral of Saint Paul sits at the highest point of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Whether you are religious or not, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the art and architecture that is displayed in this amazing building. Tours are held at 1pm on weekdays and are free of charge (good will donations are accepted). There are no tours of holy days or civil holidays. Check their website for more details.
Walk or Bike at Lake Como
At Lake Como, there are trails and paths to accommodate whatever activity you are interested in. Both a paved walking trail and biking trail circle the lake. The walking trail is approximately 1.6 miles long and encircles the lake. For joggers who prefer a softer surface, there is plenty of space to jog in the grass next to the paved trail. The bike trail is about 1.7 miles long and is rather flat – great for enjoying the scenery!
Enjoy Como Park and Zoo
Both Como Zoo and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are open year-round and admission to the zoo, conservatory and gardens is free (however, there is small suggested donation). See animals from almost every continent at the zoo and enjoy the plant life at the conservatory. For more information, visit their website.
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