What to do and see in South Saint Paul, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 7, 2018 Brain Ambrose

South St. Paul is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, immediately south and southeast of the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is also southeast of West St. Paul, Minnesota. The population was 20,160 at the 2010 census. It is notable as one of the historic major meat packing cities in the United States. Subsequently, many residents are descendants of immigrants from Southern Europe and Eastern Europe.
Restaurants in South Saint Paul

1. Candyland

435 Wabasha St N, South Saint Paul, MN 55102-1124 (651) 292-119
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5 based on 92 reviews

Candyland

Reviewed By HisQueen R

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!

2. Cathedral of Saint Paul

239 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1811 +1 651-228-1766
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4.5 based on 823 reviews

Cathedral of Saint Paul

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.

Reviewed By ang w - Singapore, Singapore

It was a nice walk from downtown St. Paul to the cathedral. It sits on the hill overseeing the city...the interior is majestic, worth going in to have a sit down and just mesmerised in the ambience. Highly recommended.

3. Dodge Nature Center

365 Marie Ave W, West Saint Paul, MN 55118-3848 +1 651-455-4531
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Dodge Nature Center

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.

Reviewed By One_Happy_Bull - Midwest

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. Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

310 Airport Rd, Fleming Field Hangar #3, South Saint Paul, MN 55075-3551 +1 651-455-6942
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5 based on 9 reviews

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

Reviewed By LindaF627 - Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States

Interested in History??? WWII??? You need to stop into the MN Wing's hangar. There is a fabulous Museum, 5 WWII airplanes and a separate garage with WWII vehicles. Admission is free--but donations are greatly appreciated!!! This is a non-profit organizations run by ALL volunteers. The...MoreThank you so much for the review! We hope you come and visit again soon!

5. Rock Island Swing Bridge

4465 66th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-4248
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Rock Island Swing Bridge

Reviewed By mpls/stpaul

Delightful free walk out above the Mississippi River on restored historic swing bridge. Pedestrians only. Tiny city park was created at entrance to bridge. Off street developed parking, beautiful and clean new restroom facilities. On bike trail: unique free to use bicycle tools anchored to stand next to restroom.

Walk out on bridge which extends perhaps 1/3 the way across the mighty Mississippi. Views of upriver bustling marina (restaurant and outside deck open to public) and downstream spoil island where houseboats regularly beach.

Across the river you can still see the ruins of where the bridge originally connected to the land. Mega industrial facility across the river. Well downstream from the historic South St. Paul meat packing plants: for years the biggest meat packing plant in the world. Like the whole bridge, the plants are long gone but reclaimed land hosts a very nice paved bike path which connects to this Rock Island Swing Bridge Park. Take the bike trail down the river for just a few miles and end up in Hastings, MN, another historic river town. All in all, the Bridge Park is either a great place to stop on your bike ride or a nice evening destination to drive to for a calm river walk in good weather.

6. Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1202 +1 651-221-9444
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4.5 based on 976 reviews

Science Museum of Minnesota

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!

Reviewed By World_traveler_mamma - Ames, Iowa

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!

7. Summit Avenue

Summit Ave., Saint Paul, MN +1 651-297-2555
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4.5 based on 336 reviews

Summit Avenue

Old, wealthy St. Paul neighborhood with Victorian mansions.

Reviewed By traveltheworld012 - Rochester, Minnesota

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.

8. Thompson Park

360 Butler Ave E, West Saint Paul, MN 55118-1628 +1 952-891-7000
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5 based on 2 reviews

Thompson Park

Reviewed By LPAMIKE - Jonesboro

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.

9. Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1903 +1 651-296-6126
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4.5 based on 505 reviews

Minnesota History Center

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.

Reviewed By VikkiBee - Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom

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!

10. CHS Field

360 Broadway St, Saint Paul, MN 55101-1405 +1 651-266-6400
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

CHS Field

Reviewed By blehnert - Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

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.

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