Como Park and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Saint Paul celebrates its four distinct seasons, and there's no better place to celebrate than at one of the city's
83 lakes, 70 parks, 49 playgrounds, 20 golf courses and hundreds of public tennis courts.
In summer, the golf
courses are filled with drivers and irons; in winter, only cross-country skiers interrupt the glittering solitude.
There is no more popular natural attraction in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul than Como
Park, enjoyed by over 1.7 million visitors each year. In addition to being one of the
largest free zoos in the country, Como enthralls visitors with the Marjorie McNeely
Conservatory Garden, Cafesjian's Carousel, waterfalls, 18-hole golf course, amuse-
ment rides, picnic area and Japanese Gardens, designed by Masami Matsuda of
Nagasaki, Japan, Saint Paul's sister city. A new state-of-the-art visitor's center, con-
necting the conservatory and the zoo grounds, opened in 2005 and a new Tropical
Encounters exhibit opened in 2006.
The visitor's center now serves as the main
entrance of the zoo and features a gift shop, cafe, education center and expan-
sive new meeting and event space with on-site catering. The zoo's next addition will be a new, roomier exhibit
space for its two polar bears.
The Minnesota Zoo in nearby Apple Valley is extremely popular, especially in spring when the babies arrive.
Favorite exhibits include the dolphins and nocturnal animals. Life abounds among trees and cattails that grace
the marshes and glacial ponds throughout the 480-acre zoo grounds. Six trails take you to the Great Barrier
Reef and other diverse regions of the globe introducing 1,700 animals and 800 plant species. If you prefer a
bird's eye view, take in the zoo sights via the monorail.
When you tire, enjoy lunch in the wooded picnic
grounds or visit one of the animal or bird shows.
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul's Como Park