Area Happenings

If you’re staying at The Saint Paul Hotel, you’ll never run out of things to see and do in our namesake city. A beautiful and historic city on the Mississippi River, St. Paul is filled with eclectic, award-winning restaurants, top-flight entertainment venues and a fashionable and thriving downtown sector.

The Saint Paul Hotel sits at the epicenter of this great city and only moments away from your next adventure.

Animals, Parks and Amusements

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul (4.8 miles) 651-487-8200 or 651-487-8201

Harriet Island Regional Park Harriet Island, St. Paul (1 mile) It's our own 'island getaway,' and it's right in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Thousands of picnics and special events have taken place in this historic park that was once a real island. But this year, the biggest party of them all is happening over the Fourth of July weekend - it's the Taste of Minnesota. Check out the history of Harriet Island.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska (31.6 miles) 952-443-1400 Listed as one of the ten best gardens in America by USA today, the Arboretum is home to 1,000 acres of rolling hills featuring specialty gardens and plant collections, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails. Terrace restaurant, gift shop, conservatory and internationally acclaimed reference library.

Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley (16.8 miles) 800-366-7811Located just minutes south of Mall of America, and harboring 500 rolling wooded acres, the zoo is home to a lush tropical forest and aviary, a marine center, boreal forest, tundra and a family farm. With more than 3,000 animals representing over 400 species, you're bound for a new adventure on every visit.

SEA LIFE Minnesota, Mall of America 120 East Broadway, Bloomington (13.2 miles) 952-883-0202 Underneath the Mall of America you will find 1.2 million gallons of fun! Fun for the whole family! See over 4,500 exotic sea creatures, touch real sharks and stingrays and take the "plunge" virtual submarine roller-coaster ride. We offer a Saint Paul FUN PASS special deal. The Saint Paul FUN PASS is your "pass" to great savings, attractions, dining and shopping in Saint Paul.

Canterbury Park Racetrack 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee (27.7 miles) (800) 340-6361 Features live summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing, and a deluxe, 24-hour Card Club dealing a variety of poker and casino card games found no where else in Minnesota, including Texas Hold'em. Pow Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Carribbean Stud and Minnesota 21. 

Nickelodeon UniverseMall of America  5000 Center Court, Bloomington 952-883-8799 Located in Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe is the nation's largest indoor theme park featuring 23 rides and attractions, seven shops, six places to eat, entertainment stages and 30,000 live plants all under 1.2 miles of skylights. Admission is free, guests pay per ride or attraction. Private facilities available for a up to 500 people.

Valleyfair Family Amusement Park One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee (26.8 miles) 952-445-7600 or 800-FUN-RIDEValleyfair Family Amusement Park, located in Shakopee, Minnesota, is the Upper Midwest's premier summer destination. Valleyfair offers more than 75 rides and attractions; including five thrilling roller coasters, family rides and great live entertainment. Valleyfair also features Berenstain Bear Country and Whitewater Country Waterpark (included in the price of admission).


Museums

Minnesota Children’s Museum 10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul (0.4 miles) 651-225-6000 Play to learn! Learn to play! Minnesota Children's Museum creates experiences that spark children's learning. The Museum is at the heart of where fun meets learning. It's where kids can touch, climb, splash, crawl, push, pull, and press it all! Children ages 6 months through 10 years and their adult guests can explore seven galleries packed with extraordinary hands-on adventures. Burrow through a giant anthill, take the stage in a music studio, get nose-to-beak with a turtle, operate a big crane, climb a tree fort and more! Two galleries host new and delightful special exhibits throughout the year.

Minnesota History Center Museum 345 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul (0.8 miles) 651-296-6126 or 800-657-3773 The Minnesota Historical Society’s History Center is an architectural masterpiece made of local Minnesota materials – Rockville granite and Winona limestone. The museum gives visitor’s a chance to explore Minnesota's past with exhibits that feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. The Library gives access to the vast collections related to Minnesota's rich heritage. Shop in the two museum stores and take a break at Café Minnesota, serving continental breakfast, weekday lunches, and Sunday brunch.

Minnesota Transportation Museum 193 East Pennsylvania Avenue, St. Paul (2.5 miles) 651-228-0263 The Minnesota Transportation Museum is probably unique among its kind. How many museums do you know with five operating sites spread over a 75 mile area? MTM has an operating streetcar line, an interstate tourist railroad, a depot museum, a former roundhouse that serves as a maintenance base, and a 70-foot wood steamboat in operation, which connects with a second trolley line. In addition they have operated over the road excursions and publish a quarterly magazine. MTM was formed to save a single streetcar, Twin City Rapid Transit #1300.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis (10.56 miles) 612-870-3200

Science Museum of Minnesota 120 Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul (0.35 miles) 651-221-9444 The Science Museum of Minnesota is eight acres of fascinating exhibits with a surprising and breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. Its permanent collection includes the Human Body Gallery, the Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery, the Mississippi River Gallery, a convertible-dome Omnitheater, a 3D laser show, and the new Environmental Experiment Center.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum St. Paul's Bandana Square Shopping Center 1021 East Bandana Boulevard,St. Paul (4.4 miles) 651-647-9628 The Twin City Model Railroad Museum is proud to present a scale model panorama of railroading in the United States during its heyday in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.The Museum is a Minnesota non-profit organization composed of over 100 members who volunteer their time, money and many skills to bring you this state of the art miniature railroad, faithfully reproduced in 1/4" scale. We invite you to enjoy and join with us in the miniature recreation of this exciting period in our country's history.

Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis (12.82 miles) 612-375-7600


Historical Sites

Alexander Ramsey House  265 South Exchange Street, St. Paul (0.5 miles) 651-296-8760 or 651-296-0100 Alexander Ramsey was the first territorial governor. Guides dressed as the servants may even surprise you with a tour of the Victorian home and some fresh cookies. Enjoy a glimpse into family and servant life in the 1870s. One of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era homes, the Ramsey House features carved walnut woodwork, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and many original furnishings. There is even a gift shop where you can pick up your own piece of history.

Cathedral of Saint Paul  239 Selby Avenue, St. Paul (1.1 miles) 651-228-1766 The Mother Church of the Archdiocese, the Cathedral of Saint Paul is a landmark. The Cathedral reminds of the sacrifices made by the immigrants who settled in the area and how Minnesota's capital city got its name. It is a spiritual home for all, open seven days a week, almost 12 hours a day. The century-old Cathedral of Saint Paul is a landmark for all, with its 120-foot-diameter dome crown, the building is inspirational and awe-inspiring to all who enter.

Commemorative Air Force 310 Airport Road, South St. Paul (8.6 miles) 651-455-6942 See, hear and touch historic WWII artifacts from aircraft, military vehicles and more. Meet veteran pilots, crew and soldiers.

Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul (9.3 miles) 612-726-1171 In the middle of the city you will find a corner of history, an 1820s military outpost once the focus of a small settlement. You will hear musket fire, the cannon's roar and the fife's shrill tunes while you take part in the fort's everyday life. Shoulder a musket, mend clothes, smell the stew, scrape a hide or sing along with the soldiers. A full living history program with costumed guides is presented daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October.

James J. Hill Library 80 West Fourth Street, St. Paul (0.03 Miles) 651-265-5500 or 1-877-700-HILL Since 1921, The James J. Hill Library, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has housed a world-class collection of practical business information resources and is considered one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country.

James J. Hill House  240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul (1.1 miles) 651-297-2555 The James J. Hill House is a multiple-use historic house museum offering guided tours, educational programs, neighborhood tours, lectures, concerts, dramatic programs, art exhibitions and event rental facilities. he house was built in 1891 and was the residence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway.

Landmark Center 75 West Fifth Street, St. Paul (0.3 miles) 651-292-3225 Built in 1902 and originally serving as the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest, the Landmark Center today serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and special events.

Lowertown Saint Paul (0.6 miles) Today's Lowertown is a kaleidoscope of colorful impressions. Lowertown has high-rise apartment and condominium towers, some of Saint Paul's most interesting historic buildings, and one of America's most beautiful urban parks. The sweep of the Mississippi, broad riverfront plazas, and boat landings and byways are the landscape. Shops, offices, galleries, theaters, studios, restaurants of every ethnic stripe, arts, dance, music and cultural activities are abundant.

Mickey’s Diner  36 West Seventh Street, St. Paul (0.4 miles) 651-222-5633 Mickey’s Diner has been serving breakfast to Minnesotans for more than 60 years. The only known dining car of its type to survive in Minnesota (it is one of only a few left in the US), it was prefabricated in New Jersey, shipped to Saint Paul by rail and installed in the heart of downtown. Despite the proliferation in recent years of fast-food chains and franchised restaurants, the diner remains a successful business, in part due to its unique atmosphere.

Minnesota State Capitol  75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul (1.4 miles) 651-296-2881 See the legislature in action in the historic House and Senate chambers. Original furnishings and vivid colors of the restored Senate, House, Supreme Court and Rathskeller Café add to your experience of this working masterpiece by acclaimed architect Cass Gilbert. Free guided tours begin on the hour until one hour before closing. Weather permitting, tour groups visit the Quadriga, or golden horses. Special events, tours and educational programs are available for modest fees throughout the year. Please call for more information.

Ramsey County Courthouse and Saint Paul City Hall 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul (0.2 miles) Tours: 651-266-8002 After the stock market crash of 1929, and because of the sudden decrease in price of materials, the building was finished in expensive domestic and foreign woods and marble, and artistic details were woven into its very structure. As a result, the building departed from the prevalent classic architectural style to become one of the most stunning examples of public architecture from the depression era.

Summit Avenue Walking Tours Starting at James J. Hill House 651-297-2555 Summit Avenue was the home of many of the city's business and civic leaders during Saint Paul's Gilded Age. Learn about mansions that line the elite avenue and the architecture, development and social history of the neighborhood on 90-minute walking tours starting at the James J. Hill House. The popular tours are offered every Saturday through September.

Wabasha Street Caves 215 South Wabasha Street, St. Paul (0.8 miles) 651-224-1191 The Wabasha Street Caves is the most unique facility for private events in the Twin Cities. Located along the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul, the Wabasha Street Caves offers a fascinating and mysterious setting for your next gathering event. The Caves 12,000 square feet of space is tastefully finished with brick walls, stucco ceilings, carpeted dining space and beautiful tile floors in the cocktail area. There is a theatrical stage, large hardwood dance floor, plenty of dining and meeting space, and a handsome 60 foot bar.

Performance

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 345 Washington Street, St. Paul (0.1 miles) Box office: 651-224-4222; Admin: 651-282-3000 Ordway Center is the “crown jewel” of Saint Paul where audiences can see all the performing arts we have to offer. Home to exciting Broadway musicals and other unique theatrical presentations of the Ordway Center Theater Season, The Flint Hills International Children's Festival, the performing arts classroom series and teacher and student workshops, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera.

Park Square Theatre 20 West Seventh Place, St. Paul (0.4 miles) 651-291-7005 A dynamic small professional company, Park Square produces exciting premieres of recent hits and rediscovered classics in an intimate 350 seat theater. The talent is drawn from the best of the Twin Cities - the hottest new artists as well as tour-de-force turns by noted veterans. Performances are Thursday-Sunday, October-August.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra  408 Saint Peter Street, 3rd Floor, St. Paul (0.2 miles) 651-291-1144 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in its 48th season, is the nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra, and is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. The SPCO performs at ten locations throughout the Twin Cities from September through May. 

Saint Paul RiverCentre 175 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul (0.3 miles) 651-265-4800 Saint Paul RiverCentre is the upper Midwest's premier convention, special event and entertainment complex. From receptions to rallies, conferences to concerts, RiverCentre features 253,000 square feet of event space, a 27,100 square foot grand ballroom and 26 meeting rooms, is home to the historic Roy Wilkins Auditorium and offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River. 

Penumbra Theatre Company 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul (2.2 miles) 651-224-3180 The Penumbra Theatre Company is the premiere African American theatre in the United States and the oldest professional theatre in Saint Paul. Penumbra continues its 24-year commitment to producing penetrating, provocative theatre that illuminates the African American experience. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible.

The Fitzgerald Theater 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul (0.5 miles) 651-290-1221 Named after Saint Paul native, author F. Scott Fitzgerald and located centrally in downtown Saint Paul at the corner of Wabasha Ave and Exchange Street, the theater was built as the Schubert Theater in 1910. Today it hosts the Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, as well as a wide variety of concerts, lectures, and productions from all over the world. Host to theater, dance, concerts and corporate events.

Great American History Theatre 30 East Tenth Street, St. Paul (0.6 miles) 651-292-4323 The award-winning professional theater stands out for creating and producing plays about Minnesota, the Midwest and the American Experience. The History Theatre's vision is "to become recognized as the nation's foremost producer of new plays about historical themes."

Minnesota Orchestra 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (9.9 miles) 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141 Celebrate our centennial year with the Minnesota Orchestra. Classical, Pops, Young People's, Holiday and Summer Concerts. Announcing our new music director Osmo Vanska and Sommerfest artistic director Andrew Litton. Evening and daytime concerts. Handicapped accessible.

Target Center 600 North First Avenue, Minneapolis (10 miles) 612-673-0900 Target Center is a premier entertainment facility hosting exciting sporting events, great concerts and all major family shows. It is home to the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA Minnesota Lynx.

Historic State, Orpheum & Pantages Theatres 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis (10.3 miles) 612-339-7007 The Twin Cities' premiere venues for the most prestigious Broadway and concert attractions, the Historic State and Orpheum Theatres offer the finest in live entertainment in the grandeur of magnificently restored movie places. Meeting and reception spaces available.

Guthrie Theater 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis (10.7 miles) 612-377-2224 or 877-44-STAGE America's flagship regional theater. Audiences from across the globe surround a unique thrust stage, creating an intimate setting for world-class theater at its best. Group discounts. Backstage tours.

Shopping

District del Sol (1.0 miles) District del Sol, the home to the Twin Cities’ Cinco de Mayo also hosts many terrific Mexican food restaurants. This ‘spicy’ neighborhood is just across the river from downtown Saint Paul on Saint Paul's West Side and offers colorful restaurants and tons of public art.

Grand Avenue Saint Paul (1.0 miles) Grand Avenue invites visitors to meander through a stretch of streets with stores holding treasures galore. Rich in local character and presenting a wonderful mix of old and new, small town and urban, Grand Avenue spans 25 blocks from the Mississippi River to downtown Saint Paul. There are beautiful storefronts, old homes, ethnic restaurants, and plenty of other food options. Grand Avenue offers miles of great shopping opportunities.

Hmong Handcraft - PanDau 105 West University Avenue, St. Paul (1.4 miles) 651-293-1261 (please call first) Shop at Minnesota's largest consignment of Hmong needlework - paj ntaub (PanDau) Hmong "flower cloth" and learn about Hmong culture. Over 125 Hmong women provide hand-stitched items weekly.

Mall of America (See Animals, Parks, & Amusements for more on Nickelodeon Universe SEA LIFE Minnesota) 60 East Broadway, Bloomington (13.2 miles (800) 879-3555 Nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex, built after The twins and Vikings, Minnesota’s professional baseball and football teams, moved from Bloomington. With 78 acres of land, the city of Bloomington built Mall of America is an unprecedented mix of retail and entertainment, offering visitors the chance to shop their favorite stores as well as see a movie, ride a roller coaster, meet their favorite celebrity or build a LEGO castle. Mall of America has simply changed the way we shop. It has become the model for combining signature attractions with retail to create an outstanding entertainment venue and is now one of the most visited destinations in the United States.

Saint Paul Farmers' Market 290 East Fifth Street, St. Paul (0.7 miles) 651-227-6856 The Saint Paul Growers Association operates the Saint Paul Farmers' Market during the May through November growing season. Eleven weekly markets are scattered throughout Saint Paul. Only locally grown or produced items are for sale.

Sports

Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 175 Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul (0.33 miles) 651-265-4800

Minnesota Vikings Mall of America Field (9.04 miles) 612-332-0386

Minnesota Twins Target Field  351-413 Fifth Avenue North, Minneapolis (12.2 miles) 612-338-9467

Minnesota Timberwolves  Target Center  600 North First Street, Minneapolis (10.52 miles) 612-673-1300

St. Paul Saints CHS Field 360 Broadway St, Saint Paul (0.1 miles) (651) 644-3517

St. Paul Curling Club 470 Selby Avenue, St. Paul 651-224-7408 

Como Park 18 Hole (4.2 miles)

1431 North Lexington Parkway Saint Paul, MN 55103 (651) 488-9673 The Como 18 Hole Golf Course is nestled behind the historic Como Park Conservatory and just across Lexington Parkway from the scenic Lake Como. The Course has a par 70, plays 5821 yards from the back tees, and has a rating of 68.5 and a slope of 115. Torturous bunkers, several prominent ponds & trees, and undulating greens create an extremely daring and challenging golf course.

Phalen Park 18 Hole (5.8 miles)

1615 Phalen Drive Saint Paul, MN 55106 (651) 778-0413 This 18 Hole golf course is a par 70 at 6100 yards from the back tees with a rating of 68.7 and a slope of 121. The course stretches along the west side of beautiful Lake Phalen in Phalen Park. The golf course presents numerous doglegs, water hazards, and sand traps. The golf course features a driving range and a practice putting green. The Clubhouse provides locker rooms, shower facilities, food service, and banquet rooms.

Highland National Golf Course (4.7 miles)

1403 Montreal Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55116 (651) 695-3774 The Highland National Golf Course was closed in October 2003 to make way for a $4 million overhaul. A better golf course layout was designed that is longer and more challenging with a better variety of hole layouts including creating a north-south alignment of the driving range and a majority of the golf holes in order for play to be unaffected by the rising and setting sun and enlarging the tees and greens to industry standards. 

Highland Park 9 Hole (4.6 miles)

1797 Edgcumbe Road Saint Paul, MN 55116 (651) 695-3708 The regulation Highland 9 Hole Golf Course, with a par 35, is 3000 yards from the back tees. Tight tree lines litter the fairways and large greens provide a challenge. The nearby 18 Hole Clubhouse provides food service, locker rooms, showers, and banquet facilities. The 9 Hole Clubhouse offers golfing equipment such as balls, tees, and gloves. An outdoor swimming facility, picnic grounds, and tennis courts are adjacent to the course.

Hillcrest Golf Club of Saint Paul (8.6 miles)

2200 East Larpenteur Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55109 (651) 774-6088 For over 50 years, Hillcrest has been known for providing members and their guests with an exceptionally well-maintained and manicured golf course. With its rolling, hilly terrain and mature trees, the course challenges and satisfies players of every skill level. Its family atmosphere and comfortable environment has members of all ages participating in a variety of golf events, youth programs, social activities, and dining opportunities. Members also enjoy the outdoor pool with its spacious seating accommodations.

Oak Marsh Golf Course (9.2 miles)

526 North Inwood Avenue Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 730-8886 Oak Marsh Golf Course is an 18 Hole, Par 70. It’s a great place for your business event, wedding or meeting. There are 31 bunkers and on 13 holes marsh and wetlands come into play. Oak Marsh has a first class practice facility and Golf Instruction Programs. The clubhouse at Oak Marsh offers a full service golf shop, grille and banquet facilities serving 300 people. Now featuring GPS on all golf carts!

Prestwick Golf Club (14 miles)

9555 Wedgewood Drive Woodbury, MN 55125 (651) 731-4779 Experience Prestwick Golf Club, a premier daily fee facility located in the southeastern Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury, Minnesota. This par 72, championship golf course features four sets of tees ranging in length from 5212 yards to 6699 yards. Sharpen your game with our exceptional practice facility with more than 40 stations, two practice greens and a practice bunker. The full service pro shop is staffed by PGA Professionals and offers club fitting, club repair and lessons.

The Links at Northfork (34.7 miles)

9333 Northwest Alpine Drive Ramsey, MN 55303 (763) 241-0506 Site of the 2003 3M Championship Qualifier. An exciting and traditional, par 72, Joel Goldstrand Scottish links design. The areas best practice facilities include our unique 3-hole loop. Tournament, banquet, league and memberships are available.