Sunday, May 26, 2013

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

St. Paul, Minnesota

By Pamela Sampson

St. Paul, is as diverse a city as they come. It offers big city experience in some areas while other places feel completely suburban. It is divided into many unique neighborhoods. As you There are just so many things to see and do here.
drive through the different areas of the city each place is distinctly different. It is the state capital of Minnesota and one half of the “twin cities” (a common nickname for Minneapolis/ St. Paul).

Mickey’s Diner is a famous little boxcar restaurant tucked right in the middle of it all. It is located near the Children’s Museum and Excel Energy Center where the Minnesota Wild Hockey team plays. If you like pizza, there is another lesser known place called Red’s Savoy Pizza on 7th street. Cossetta’s Italian Market and Pizzeria is an old favorite for many Minnesotans in the area. It opened in 1911 and just recently got a makeover.

History buffs will be excited to see Fort Snelling. Como Zoo and Observatory is located in a much more suburban area of the city. The zoo is free and they also have rides and a water area for the kids. Another thing that makes Como a favorite is the polar bear exhibit, which is not available at the bigger Minnesota Zoo. The Children’s Museum has four exciting levels of fun and imagination. They have everything from a play grocery store to a paint room to a stage for kids to get up and sing. The Science Museum located just down the road, offers learning for kids and adults. They have many different exhibits to keep everyone entertained.

If you come for a visit in the summer there will surely be plenty to keep you entertained. At the end of summer is “the great Minnesota get-together”. The state fair is never dull, with all the food you can find on a stick. Also held at the fairgrounds is “Back to the Fifties” in July.  You can even rent a bike if you choose and see the city in a whole new light.

If looking for some more adult fun, check out St. Paul’s nightlife. Station 4 is a little club where
they offer live music and local bands usually play. If you want less of the “typical tourist” scene it is a great place to go and be sure to leave a note on the chalkboard bathroom walls. In the area of St. Paul known as Dayton’s Bluff, there is a very popular place called the Minnesota Music Café. They have performances from local blues and rock bands, but they have even had headliners like Jonny Lang play.
St. Paul is rich with history and can be a very fun and exciting place to spend time. From Excel Energy Center to James J. Hill House to Como Zoo and Observatory there is such a wonderful feel to this city. There really is something here for everyone.

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