Named by USA Today as the “Best Romantic North American Getaway”, St. Paul offers many options for couples including intimate paddle-wheeler rides along the Mississippi, bountiful beer tastings, ice skating and a thriving performance arts scene.
Join the crowd of June’s beloved Grand Old Day Parade or fix your eyes on the crisp, glistening ice sculptures at the Winter Carnival in January. In the summer months watch the polar bears play and breath in the delicious smell of tropical flowers at Minnesota’s first zoo, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. These are just a few of the attractions that make St. Paul a top choice for families.
Often referred to as the smaller, quieter and more sophisticated of the Twin Cities, St. Paul is Minnesota’s historical and cultural heart. From the grand boulevard of Summit Avenue, the longest preserved Victorian avenue in the country, to the gleaming State Capitol, St. Paul’s beauty and architecture are unparalleled and ever-changing. Recent additions include a $42 million concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and CHS Field, the city’s $63 million ballpark in Lowertown that serves as the St. Paul Saints’ home field.
A thriving commercial center in its own right, St. Paul is home to Fortune 500 company headquarters, regional and professional firms as well as an array of colleges and universities including Macalester College, The University of St. Thomas, Hamline University and St. Catherine University to name a few. Aspiring musicians are drawn to St. Paul’s McNally Smith College of Music, a contemporary college offering degrees in all areas from performance and songwriting to business and production. In 2009, McNally opened the first nationally accredited diploma program for hip-hop.
Saint Paul is essentially a city of neighborhoods or a network of urban villages. Whether strolling past eateries and shops on Selby or Grand Avenue, enjoying a bite to eat in Highland Park or biking to the farmers market along the reclaimed riverfront in Lowertown, the communities of St. Paul are filled with unpretentious attractions and people who value good old Minnesota kindness.