Saint Paul Outdoor Activities

Saint Paul Outdoor ActivitiesSaint Paul has one of the greatest ranges of temperatures in terms of major US cities. Summers are extremely hot while winters are extremely cold. Brave the extremes or enjoy the comfortable, moderate days in-between at some of the most beautiful nature sites in the city. Whether you are taking a walk, swimming to cool down or playing in a fresh snowfall, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy the outdoors.

Como Park
Visit one of the most popular parks in the area. Como Park is filled with fun outdoor activities for people of all ages. Inside this 384-acre park are the Como Zoo, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Golf Course, Como Lake, Como Pool, Como Town Amusement Park and Putt’er There Mini Golf Course, in addition to several miles of paved trails, athletic fields, a fishing pier and paddleboat rentals.

Address: 1431 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103 - MAP
Phone: (651) 487-8200
Web: www.comozooconservatory.org

Lake Phalen
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.

Address: 1530 Phalen Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55106 - MAP
Phone: (651) 632-5111
Web: www.stpaul.gov

Fort Snelling State Park
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.

Address: 101 Snelling Lake Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55145 - MAP
Phone: (612) 725-2724
Web: www.dnr.state.mn.us

Rice Park
Enjoy a quick nature break in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and find some peace and tranquility outdoors at Rice Park. This little park offers a green oasis surrounded by the Saint Paul Hotel, Landmark Center, Ordway, and the Downtown Central Library. Sit by the lovely fountain or meander around the pathways.

Address: 109 W 4th St., Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 632-5111
Web: www.stpaul.gov

Indian Mounds Park
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.

Address: 10 Mounds Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55106 - MAP
Phone: (651) 632-5111
Web: www.stpaul.gov

Harriet Island Regional Park
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.

Address: 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55107- MAP
Phone: (651) 292-7010
Web: www.stpaul.gov

Highland Park Aquatic Center
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!

Address: 1840 Edgcumbe Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55116 - MAP
Phone: (651) 695-3773
Web: www.stpaul.gov