1806 Wooddale Dr
Woodbury, MN 55125
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(651) 738-7160

Attractions

Take your idea of fun and we bet you will find more fun in the Woodbury, MN and surrounding areas than you thought.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103 Phone: (651) 487-8201

We at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory hold everything we do against the expectations laid forth in our mission statement. Every animal exhibit, plant exhibit, education class and youth camp is driven by this statement and our commitment to the community in which we live.

VISITOR GUIDE

Admission

Free. A voluntary donation of $3 for an adult and $2 for a child to help us care for our plants and animals is appreciated. You are always welcome whether or not you choose to make a donation.

Hours

Open every day of the year.

Summer hours (April – September)
10am – 6pm

Winter hours (October – March)
10am – 4pm

Parking

Download Como Map for the location of our parking lots. There are a number of parking lots throughout the Como Regional Park area. Weekend shuttle service begins April 23.

Beginning May 1 st residential permit parking restrictions will be in effect. There will be no parking allowed on many streets west of Como Park from 10am-4pm, May 1-September 30 without a City issued permit . Do not park on streets with signs indicating “Permit Parking Only”.

Many institutions & destinations in St. Paul, such as colleges and heavily visited shopping areas, have permit parking in & around the surrounding neighborhoods. Permit parking was sought after by the surrounding residents and implemented by Saint Paul City Council in 2011. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory recognizes & respects that the parking outside of the park should be easily accessible and obtainable for residents.

Stroller/Wheelchair Rental

Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent at Garden Safari Gifts . Single-seat strollers and wheelchairs are available for $5 per day. Double-seat strollers are available for $8.00 per day. Electric Scooters are $20 per day. If you rent either one, we require to hold onto either keys, credit card, or a drivers license. Some type of collateral, such as a driver's license, is required and will be held at Garden Safari Gifts during the rental period. All rentals must be returned to Garden Safari Gifts before the Zoo and Conservatory close.

Restaurant/Concessions

Zobota Cafe

Zooper Foods

Food Carts

Garden Safari Gifts

Bus & Bike

Avoid traffic and reduce your carbon footprint by taking Metro Transit or riding your bike to Como!

Route 3 and Route 83 provide direct service to the park. The METRO Green Line provides service on University Avenue between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis.

For Trip Planning assistance, contact a Transit Expert at 612-373-3333 or visit metrotransit.org.

Como recently installed a Nice Ride Bike Station right in front of the Visitor Center! To find a station and bikes near you click here: https://secure.niceridemn.org/map/

For bicyclists, click here: http://www.cyclopath.org/ . This is a great site bicyclists can utilize to find directions to the park.

Guest Relations

The Visitors Service Office provides information, first aid, public announcements, the reuniting of separated/lost individuals, and a lost and found department. Call 651-487-8201.

Locker Rental is available for $.75.

Park Security

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory buildings, grounds and parking lots are patrolled by Park Security Staff. If you need assistance while you are visiting please contact any staff member or go directly to the Visitors Service Office and they will locate a Park Security member for you. Remember, never leave valuables in your car! Call 911 in an emergency. If you have an incident you would like to report, call 651-632-2415.

Please Recycle!

Look for recycling stations for your bottles, cans, milk cartons and juice boxes.

Photo Policy

It's okay to take pictures, but tripods are not allowed in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. All photographers (professional or amateur) who conduct posed photography are required to review our policy for Posed and Commercial Photography and obtain a Photography Permit.

Park Policies

We want all of our guests to enjoy their visit to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Please familiarize yourself with our park policies before you arrive.

Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul , MN 55102
Directions

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Closed Monday (Open Monday holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours

Admission

An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics.

Carver Lake Park

3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: (651) 714-3500

Hiking, biking, archery, picnics & unguarded swimming are offered in this picturesque city park.

Ojibway Park

2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: (651) 714-3500

Green space with several sports fields, trails, picnic areas & grills, plus a skate park.

Woodbury Parks & Recreation

8301 Valley Creek Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: (651) 714-3583

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 Phone: (651) 430-8370

Hilly preserve featuring opportunities from camping to boating to horseback riding on 2,165 acres.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Minnesota Phone: (651) 290-4160

72 waterfront miles with canoe & riverboat trips, hiking, biking, fishing, bird-watching & a center.

Nickelodeon Universe

5100 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425 (952) 883-8500

HOURS

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

RIDES - to see the latest rides and attractions click here.

Minnesota State Fair

1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 Phone: (651) 288-4400

FAIR HISTORY

After four years of territorial fairs, the first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859 near what became downtown Minneapolis. This was a year after Minnesota was granted statehood.

During the fair's early years, the site of the exposition changed annually with stops in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Red Wing, Winona and Owatonna. In the 1870s and early 1880s, civic groups from both St. Paul and Minneapolis worked relentlessly to provide a permanent home for the fair in their respective cities. In 1885, the Minnesota State Fair finally found a permanent home at its present location, mid-way between Minneapolis and St. Paul when the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners donated their 210-acre poor farm to the State Agricultural Society, the governing body of the State Fair.

Secure in its new surroundings, the Minnesota State Fair began to grow. Physically, the fairgrounds blossomed to 320 acres. Architecturally, it is home to many historically-significant structures including the Fine Arts Center, Progress Center, Grandstand and Coliseum (formerly known as the Hippodrome).

An important change in the State Fair over the years has been in the attractions offered to fair visitors. The character of early fairs was dominated by agricultural exhibits and competitions, reflecting its original purpose of encouraging farming in the state. While agriculture is still the primary focus, the scope of activities has broadened to include large-scale entertainment features, technological and industrial exhibits, and scores of education and government institutions.

Since its inception, the fair has been held every year with only five exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic.

For more information about the history of the Minnesota State Fair, please email your questions to history@mnstatefair.org.

FAIR ARCHIVES

It is important to preserve the past while looking toward the future. Started in 2008, the Minnesota State Fair archives staff continue to catalog and sort more than a century's worth of history. The collection is currently made up of tens of thousands of photographs, postcards, maps, correspondence and more. Items are numbered, given a storage location and logged into a database for easy retrieval.

Because the archives are currently under construction, it is not open to the public. However, historical information is available through several venues. Through a grant received by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation , the annual reports and competition results were digitally scanned and made available for viewing. Information on concessionaires, political figures, Grandstand productions and much more can be seen. To view the digital Minnesota State Fair annual reports and competition results from 1887 to present, use the digital archives . Historical photographs from our collection are featured on the State Fair's Facebook page, with one added each week.

FAIR ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

The State Fair History & Heritage Center, a centerpiece of West End Market, showcases the competition, entertainment, agriculture, food, merchandise, rides & games and Minnesota industry that have been at the heart of the fair for more than a century and a half. Developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, the center reflects the progression of change at the fair. Exhibits bring to life the significant events, intriguing stories and inspiring traditions that have laid the foundation for the present-day Great Minnesota Get-Together. This center is free with fair admission and open daily during the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Want to take in history throughout the fairgrounds? Available year-round is the Minnesota State Fair History Walking & Cell Phone Tour. Created in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, the tour consists of various stops that focus on a particular subject. Both visual and audio components bring history to life. During the fair, you can print off the brochure or pick one up at the J.V. Bailey House or at the Minnesota Historical Society booth. Throughout the year, you can view it online or on your smartphone at www.mnhs.org/tours/statefair.

PRE-FAIR DISCOUNT ADMISSION TICKETS

Pre-fair discount tickets for the 2016 Minnesota State Fair are on sale NOW for just $10! Purchase them online .

Please allow up to two weeks for processing and delivery.

Pre-fair discount tickets are valid for any age guest on any day of the fair.

The Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office's regular hours (Monday-Saturday) will begin in June. Until then, please purchase pre-fair discount admission tickets online .

(Note: A pre-fair discount admission ticket cannot be used to cover the cost of vehicle parking.)

PRINT-AT-HOME CARD!

Print a free "Just For You" card to give with State Fair admission tickets! This card prints in color on one side of an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Fold paper in half and then in half again to create your card!

REGULAR FAIR-TIME ADMISSION TICKET PRICING AT THE GATE


DISCOUNT DAY ADMISSION TICKET PRICING AT THE GATE

THRIFTY THURSDAY (Aug. 25)

SENIORS & KIDS DAY (Monday, Aug. 29)

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY (Tuesday, Aug. 30)

* Discount applies to active military, spouses and kids; retired military and spouses; and military veterans and spouses when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present valid documentation of military service.

READ & RIDE DAY (Wednesday, Aug. 31)

** Discount applies to public library cardholders who purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card).

SENIORS DAY (Thursday, Sept. 1)

KIDS DAY (Monday, Sept. 5)


Purchase Grandstand tickets!

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