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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

There’s plenty to see and do at this public park, which incorporates a zoo, a conservatory, an amusement park, Lake Como, a golf course and a pool.

Spend the day exploring the exciting attractions of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. With hundreds of acres of rambling parkland, this urban park has a wide appeal as a place to bring the family or to enjoy some relaxing time to yourself. Check out the spacious lawns and captivating trails of Como Park or visit the animals at Como Zoo. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory contains a spectacular collection of plants and artworks. Dating back to 1873, Como Park has long been a favored destination in St. Paul for recreation and relaxation.

Check out the art deco Zoological Building or make your way around the enclosures of Como Park Zoo. Spot animals from the African savannah, playful primates and creatures from the polar region. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory showcases beautiful heritage glasshouses that shelter attractions such as the Sunken Garden, the Fern Room and an Orchid House.

Follow 2.3 miles (3.7-kilometers) of paved trails in Como Park on foot or by bike. Wind your way around the collection of public artworks and historic landmarks. Highlights include Cafesjian’s Carousel, the Frog Pond, a 1930s sundial, fountains, statues and scenic bridges. See if any local teams are playing on the sports fields or play a round on the 18-hole golf course. Take the kids for a splash at Como Pool or go on an exhilarating ride at the amusement park.

Make your way to the edge of Lake Como and stroll, jog or cycle around the paved path that loops the lake. Rent a canoe or a paddleboat and explore the scenic waters. Drop a line from the fishing pier. Find out what’s happening at the Lakeside Pavilion. This reconstruction of the original 1905 building contains restaurants and a venue that hosts live music performances throughout summer. If you’ve brought your own refreshments, take a seat at the picnic shelters and enjoy the view.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is a 15-minute drive northwest of St. Paul. There is an off-site parking lot at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, which is served by a free shuttle to the park on weekends. The park is free to enter, however, some attractions may charge a small fee.


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Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel ¥11,221
Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel

Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel

1010 Bandana Blvd W, St. Paul, MN
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midway, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Allianz Field. Xcel Energy Center and University of Minnesota-Minneapolis are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Como Lake Bed and Breakfast.
    Como Lake Bed and Breakfast.

    Como Lake Bed and Breakfast.

    1205 W Como Blvd, St. Paul, MN
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in North End, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Minnesota-St. Paul. Minnesota State Fairgrounds and Hamline University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Norwood Inn & Suites - Roseville ¥6,866
      Norwood Inn & Suites - Roseville

      Norwood Inn & Suites - Roseville

      2401 Prior Avenue North, Roseville, MN
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Roseville, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Minnesota State Fairgrounds and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from University of Minnesota-St. Paul. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and Hamline University are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Days Inn by Wyndham St. Paul-Minneapolis-Midway ¥7,674
        Days Inn by Wyndham St. Paul-Minneapolis-Midway

        Days Inn by Wyndham St. Paul-Minneapolis-Midway

        1964 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midway, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Allianz Field and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. TCF Bank Stadium and University of Minnesota-St. Paul are also within 3 mi (5 km). St. Paul - Minneapolis Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Motel 6 Minneapolis North - Roseville ¥7,438
          Motel 6 Minneapolis North - Roseville

          Motel 6 Minneapolis North - Roseville

          2300 Cleveland Ave N, Roseville, MN
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Roseville, this motel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Minnesota State Fairgrounds and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from University of Minnesota-St. Paul. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and TCF Bank Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge ¥10,201
            Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge

            Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge

            161 Saint Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown St. Paul, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Minnesota History Center and Xcel Energy Center. RiverCentre is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Saint Paul Union Depot is 28 minutes by foot.

              Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast ¥12,327
              Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast

              Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast

              1330 Industrial Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Minnesota-St. Paul, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and TCF Bank Stadium. Mariucci Arena and Williams Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North
                Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North

                Radisson Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North

                2540 North Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Roseville, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Minnesota State Fairgrounds and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from University of Minnesota-St. Paul. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and Hamline University are also within 6 mi (10 km).