A Day In: St. Paul, Minnesota, Animal Edition

  1. Eat: Snuffy’s Malt Shop
Snuffy's Malt Shop
Snuffy’s Malt Shop

Straight out of the 1950’s, Snuffy’s has been a local favorite for 30+ years.   Located minutes from ComoZoo and Como Town, stop in for a famous malt, a burger and fries.

Snuffys

  1. Play: Como Town Amusement Park

Como Town SwingIf you are expecting a Six Flags, Universal or Disney from Como Town then you have come to the wrong place, but this charming kid-centered amusement park is a great way to play the day away (before or after learning and eating of course).   With just over 18 rides geared towards children ages 2 to 12 Como Town features bumper cars, pony carts and for those of you with children fascinated with all things fire fighter? A ride that lets little ones save a building with shooting water cannons.   In the summers (yes, even though its Minnesota the summers are quite warm) a brand new splash zone with fountains and play area provides a fun way to cool off. Unlimited ride wrist bands go for $22 for kids, Adults are $11.

Map of ComoTown: ComoParkZooMap2013_outlined

  1. Learn: Como Zoo and Majorie McNeely Conservatory
Raising the Conservatory, 1915
Raising the Conservatory, 1915

Founded in 1893, the Como Zoo is operated by the City of St. Paul and features seals, lions, fish, primates and the ever popular polar bears. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory consists of expansive outdoor gardens and over 2 acres of enclosed green space with bonsai trees, orchids and butterflies.   The Leonard Wilkening Children’s Gallery offers a dedicated space for children to learn with hands-on activities. Admission to the Zoo and the Conservatory is free, but a $3 donation is appreciated.  Map of Como Park 

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