5 based on 92 reviews
I reward myself here often with a cashew turtle I love them! The service is great there sometimes it’s busy but the line moves fast so no worries about waiting too long they have great candy I recommend it and will be back soon"Cashew Turtle a Day keeps the Doctor away"?! Okay maybe not, but they're soo delicious & we're so happy you enjoy them! Thank you for the tremendous review & we'll see you when you POP! in soon!
4.5 based on 823 reviews
This Classical Renaissance-style Cathedral dating back to 1915 features a splendid interior of six chapels, imported marble columns, large statues of the four evangelists and beautiful rose windows.
4.5 based on 18 reviews
The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center is an environmental education and habitat restoration organization located in West St. Paul. Over the past 40-plus years, Dodge has seen more than one million children and their families pass through our gates, each one leaving with a greater understanding and appreciation for the world around us.
It's an incredibly beautiful place, and so cool that it's free -- but the model farm is anything but. Maybe it would be a model a few decades ago, but it gives kids and even adults an impression that their food comes from pretty places with animals with heaps of room and TLC next to a cute red barn. Awwww.... It's wholesome and the staff seem lovely, but 99% of animals come from factory farms. So even though there's education happening, that part doesn't feel so educational in so far as learning about the world we live in...
4.5 based on 976 reviews
The Science Museum of Minnesota is well-known for its hands-on approach to science learning and entertainment. It features the popular Experiment Gallery, an Egyptian mummy, an authentic Mississippi River towboat, a convertible-dome Omnitheater and interactive exhibits for all ages!
My son is an avid learner and for his 12th birthday we took him to the Science Museum of Minnesota. He loved the third floor with the interactive experiments. He loves dinosaurs but he just walked through that room quickly because the physics and chemistry experiments outside were irresistible! We watched the IMAX movie 'Dream Big' and it made me want to become a civil engineer!
4.5 based on 336 reviews
Old, wealthy St. Paul neighborhood with Victorian mansions.
We love driving down or strolling this avenue. Great majestic homes, most well kept or very nicely restored. Large shady trees grace both sides. F. Scott Fitzgerald once lived here, Garrison Keillor now does. The Minnesota Governor's home is here as well. Summit Avenue parallels Grand Avenue mecca of urban shopping. There is also a bike lane along Summit so the pleasure on a bike can be had as well.
5 based on 2 reviews
What a beautiful place to visit. Plenty of walking trails, beautiful lake where you can fish and 2 places you can rent for large parties. We attended a graduation party at the North picinic shelter. It holds 190 people and has some kitchen appliances in the building/serving area. There are also plenty of bathrooms for your guests. Walking trils along the lake if you want to go for a walk. There is another place called Dakota Hall which seats 160 for receptions and such events, but we did not go in there. It is all indors. Plenty of parking is available.
4.5 based on 505 reviews
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.
This is a very interesting museum with some fascinating exhibits! I actually entered on the second floor and I thought it was a free museum as I couldn’t find the admissions desk – it turns out it’s on the first floor. I walked up to the desk and was greeted by Patrick who surprisingly knew all about me. I was a little taken back at first when he said ‘you’re the girl with the blog travelling all around America’ – it turns out the staff at the State Capitol building had contacted him on my short walk down to the Minnesota History Centre! I started chatting with him telling him about my trip and he actually let me in the museum for free! And what’s even more amazing is that he gave me some admission passes to get into two other attractions I was planning to visit for free! What a nice guy! As it turns out, the museum along with other museums, centres and buildings throughout the state of Minnesota belong to the Minnesota Historical Society. Whilst admission is reasonably priced, you can actually get an annual membership which lets you into any of their 26 attractions! I would love to visit some of the others in the northern part of the state if I wasn’t on such a tight schedule.
The museum itself is located on the third floor and on my way up to it, I started chatting with a girl who was manning the Minnesota State symbols booth. What started as a quick chat about the local area and symbols turned into an hour long conversation about the difference in our cultures!
The museum has several interesting exhibits including Minnesota’s Greatest Generation which focuses on the baby boom after World War 1; kids who were born and raised during the great depression and enlisted to fight in World War 2.
For me personally, one of the best exhibits is the Weather Permitting area which is only small but focuses on tornadoes, specifically the F4 tornadoes which hit Fridley in 1965. A short video plays whilst a simulator takes you back in time to experience that night! It’s nothing fancy but for a weather nut like me, it was fantastic! I didn’t even realise Minnesota got tornadoes but they actually get about 18 per year!
Other exhibits include the Then Now Wow area which is the largest in the museum and focuses on the growing changes in Minneapolis/St. Paul’s history. They also have a special exhibit on at the minute called 1968 which focuses on the events of that year including the Vietnam War, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Presidential race, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the anti-war demonstrations. It was quite interesting learning about a lot of the events – I knew about them beforehand but I never realised they all happened in the same year!
On my way out of the museum, I thought I would swing by and thank Patrick again for the free admission tickets. I started chatting with him and state security officer A.C. Jarosh. I ended up chatting with them both for another 20-30 minutes. The staff at this museum are absolutely fantastic! I've never met such lovely people who take an interest in their visitors as much as the staff do here! I would definitely recommend this place as a must see attraction whilst visiting St. Paul!
5 based on 3 reviews
So much to do tennis courts, Baseball diamonds, really nice play ground equipment for the kids, and picnicking tables.
4.5 based on 107 reviews
We eventually got to the 1:00 p.m. game in the fifth inning. This Included driving around looking for a parking ramp and when we found one, driving up and down it's seven levels found none. Eventually, we joked about parking at the Minnesota Science Museum and hailing a cab. Then it was not a joke, it is what we did. The cabbie who turned on his meter charged about $7.50 for the ride. The ride back was with a cabbie who did not turn on his meter and asked for $5.00. The Saints lost. Spouse loved the seats and requested season tickets.
4.5 based on 422 reviews
Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The James J. Hill House is a National Historic Landmark. The home also includes an art gallery, which features work from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.
The house was built for James J. Hill who developed the Great Northern Railway which connected the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans from coast to coast right through St. Paul! When he and his wife Mary were middle aged with 10 children, they built the house which cost $1 million dollars which is roughly $25-30 million in today’s money. The house is stunning with glorious wood carvings, fireplaces and chandeliers and it definitely has some history to it!
The tour of the house lasts for 75 minutes and it’s really interesting learning about how the rich lived back then. It was estimated James was worth $63 million back then which is maybe about $2 billion in today’s money. It’s interesting because both James and his wife were Irish immigrants and were poor growing up. The tour itself costs about $10 and is entertaining throughout thanks to the staff. I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area!
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