St. Paul’s largest park is the place to be no matter the time of the year.
Named after Lake Como in the Italian Alps, Como Park is a 384-acre oasis located a few miles northwest of downtown St. Paul. Start your trip at the donation-only Como Park Zoo, which began with three deer in 1897 and quickly grew to house polar bears, wolves, Galapagos tortoises, sloths and other animals. Visitors can feed giraffes, observe gorillas in their newly redesigned habitat and gawk at a 20-foot-long anaconda. Don’t miss Polar Bear Odyssey—a world-class exhibit that allows visitors to get so close that only a sheet of plexiglass stands between them and the world’s largest predator. Another highlight is Gorilla Forest, the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America. Next door to the zoo you’ll find Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, a Victorian glasshouse featuring exotic plants, colorful birds and luxurious humidity (especially in the winter months). It appeals to visitors year-round with its displays of bonsai trees, orchids, seasonal flowers, Sunken Garden (look for the koi fish), towering palms and Fern Room. Also, adjacent to the zoo is the family-friendly Como Town Amusement Park, with dozens of rides appropriate for young children.
- Como Lake Boat Rentals. Lake Como is perfect for a relaxed kayak or paddleboat ride, both of which are available to rent at the Como Lake Boat Docks.
- Como Park Golf Course. The 18-hole golf course is located just north of Como Park and is notorious for its tricky water hazards and rolling, well-bunkered greens.
If You Go
1225 Estabrook Dr.
St. Paul, Minn. 55103
October–March, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
April–September, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Accessible by the Green Line light rail and bus. Visit metrotransit.org for updated schedules.
Recommended time to spend:
At least three hours.
Where to stay
The Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North is located close to the area’s most popular attractions. The hotel also boasts the city’s largest indoor pool, a complimentary local shuttle, hot tub, sauna, and a business center.
Experience modern country warmth with complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, shuttle service, an indoor pool, and a fitness center at one of our many Country Inn & Suites locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
The upscale Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown is in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, and a landmark of the Minneapolis Skyline. The hotel offers 360 stylish rooms and suites and on-site Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, which is a popular downtown restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine with a Midwestern flair.
Located one block from both U.S. Bank Stadium and the Metro Transit light rail station, Radisson RED Minneapolis Downtown’s 164 studios offer guests an unbelievable location for their downtown getaway. The millennial-focused hotel boasts an on-site bar and restaurant, 1,000 square foot events & games studio, and a skyway connection.