in Saint Paul, MN (showing 1 - 7 out of 7)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

1255 Estabrook Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55103   Directions

(651) 487-8200


You can let your wild ones run free at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Admission is free, although donations are suggested. See exhibits and attractions that house the big cats, the primates, the exotic birds, the hoofed creatures, the wild wolves and even polar bears. Head over to the Conservatory afterward to see, smell and possibly taste plants from all over the world.

Fort Snelling State Park

101 Snelling Lake Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55145   Directions

(612) 725-2724


Hike or bike during the warmer seasons and ski during the snowy ones at Fort Snelling State Park, a 2,931-acre state park located in the heart of the Twin Cities. This park offers miles of sloping and flat trails, a golf course, beach and boating area. Bring your equipment along for lake or river fishing, and don’t forget to pack a picnic because you might end up spending the whole day outdoors here.

Harriet Island Regional Park

200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55107   Directions

(651) 292-7010


The 5,000-square-foot Harriet Island Regional Park is well known for hosting a variety of events throughout the year. This rental facility features three beautiful locations with their own stages, picnic areas and amphitheaters: Raspberry Island, Upper Landing Park and Kelley’s Landing.

Highland Park Aquatic Center

1840 Edgcumbe Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55116   Directions

(651) 695-3773


Have a blast at the Highland Park Aquatic Center, the perfect place to cool off during the dog days of summer. Get a workout at the eight-lane lap pool, lounge about in the splash pad, show off your skills on the diving boards, ride down the water and drop slides and let the kids goof off in their own activity pool. There is even a climbing wall!

Indian Mounds Regional Park

10 Mounds Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55106   Directions

(651) 266-6400


Learn some history as you enjoy nature and outdoor activities at Indian Mounds Park. The public park marks the site of six prehistoric Native American burial mounds—the last remaining six in the Saint Paul area. There were an estimated 18-37 mounds in the city, but these were lost to city development.

Lake Phalen

1530 Phalen Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55106   Directions

(651) 771-7507


Located in Phalen Park and just a stone’s throw away from the amphitheater and golf course, Lake Phalen offers plenty of outdoor and aquatic activities along its shore. One of the most popular fishing lakes in the Twin Cities, this urban lake is stocked with walleyes and tiger muskies in addition to the native fish. You can also rent paddleboats, canoes and sailboats at the Phalen Lakeside Activities Center.

Rice Park

109 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN 55102   Directions

(651) 266-6400


Whether you are looking for a wedding venue, the right spot to propose or just looking for a romantic first date, head over to Rice Park. The tranquil fountain and lovely landscaping create a peaceful, lovely mood—and is even more romantic in the evening or at night. Take a walk along the pathways or have a seat on one of the benches.

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