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St Paul Como Park the best free park in America
There is a beautiful park that was built in 1873, that is located on the west side of St Paul, Como Park, almost on the border of Minneapolis that is one of the best places to visit and spend a day with your family or even by yourself.
Como park includes a great conservatory, a very good zoo, Como town kids rides, a Japanese garden, a golf course, several picnic areas, a beautiful lake, meeting rooms and party rooms for weddings and birthday parties, and it's all free except the golf, party rooms and the rides.
They have a donation box when you go into the Como park conservatory and zoo area, but if you don't have the money, you don't have to pay. When they changed it to donation instead of charging, their revenue more that doubled.
The Como Park Conservatory
The Como Park conservatory is a beautiful glass building with a Bonsai room, a fern room, and enchanted garden, the north garden, the orchid house, the palm dome, and the always spectacular sunken gardens. The sunken gardens is changed 3 or 4 times per year to different flower layouts that are in sync with the seasons. This garden is also the most sought after place in the Twin Cities to take wedding pictures.
Statues and Sculptures
Inside the conservatory and around Como park, there are many unique sculptures and statues that add to the enjoyment of the park.
The Como Park Zoo
The Como Park zoo is without a doubt the best free zoo you will find anywhere. There are animals from around the world. There is a primate building with a large selection of a variety of gorilla's, Orangutans, and several other varieties of monkeys. There are Giraffes, Zebra's, Sea Lions, Wolves, Tigers, Lions, Snow Leopard, hundreds of species of birds, Bison, Penguins, native fish, other hoofed animals and a brand new large Polar Bear exhibit.
There are 18 rides and attractions at Como Town for the kids. They are rides you have to buy tickets for but it is fun for the kids. There is also a historic carousel that has been restored to original condition when it was built in 1914.
Other parts of Como park
There is a public swimming pool in the park as well as a golf course and many picnic areas. The park is 384 acres of usable land for your enjoyment. The golf course is not a hard course but it is a fun course to play with great scenery and lots of hills.
The Japanese garden in on the north end of the conservatory and is only open in the summer months but it is very well done and worth seeing. It was designed by a Japanese designer from Nagasaki Japan, which is the sister city of St Paul.
If you live in Minnesota or if you are going to visit the Twin Cities from anywhere, Como Park is worth the visit. Como park is very busy in the summer so plan on big crowds, especially on the weekends. You can have a great family day and spend practically no money doing it, check it out.
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