Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, MN 55103

At 450 acres, this urban retreat is about half the size of NYC's Central Park, but it has more to see, with a zoo, conservatory, amusement park, golf course, and beautiful lakeside trails. Some visitors never get to this out-of-the-way greensward, but it is a city gem through all seasons: in winter, it’s a snowy playground for cross-country skiers; in spring and fall, joggers and bikers fill the trails surrounding Como Lake; and in summer, people rent paddleboats or bring a lawn chair and take in a local concert or play at the Lakeside Pavilion. Most impressive is the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, a lush haven of six indoor garden spaces with distinct ecosystems under one acre of glass.
Tip: The conservatory’s Sunken Garden is a vibrant display of Technicolor flora, with five rotating flower shows each year. It is one of the loveliest spots in St. Paul to sit with a book or cup of coffee—especially when you need to escape the bitter winter cold.

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