St. Paul Minnesota’s Como Park is one of the nation’s finest urban parks. With a free zoo, conservatory and Japanese garden, the park provides a natural respite through the cold northern winters.
Como town amusement park
This seasonal park has amusement style rides and is directly connected to the Como Park Zoo.
Como Park Zoo
This is one of the few municipal operated zoos in the country to offer free admission. a The Como park zoo has a seal island, a large cat exhibit , a variety of aquatic life, birds, reptiles and a world-class polar bear pavilion.
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Having been in operation since 1915, the conservatory was greatly expanded in the early 2000’s. Today the conservatory is over an acre all under glass with a total of six indoor gardens and three outdoor seasonal gardens. There are over 50,000 plants covering 1600 species. The indoor gardens are open every day of the year including holidays and in the wintertime give the people of the Twin Cities a chance to escape the snow.
The Water Garden and Lilly Pad Pond
The Japanese Garden
The Indoor Gardens
Art in the Park
Aside from the Conservatory, Zoo and Gardens, the Park also has several lakes, statues and memorials to visit as well.
The Conservatory and Zoo are open every day of the year and are always free. A donation of a few dollars is suggested and in my opinion worth it. The park ranks right up with some of the great city parks such as Central park in NYC and San Francisco’s golden gate park. so Como down to Como park.