The Como Park Zoo
Free Minnesota zoo for all ages.
Como Park Zoo is a free Minnesota zoo located in the heart of the Twin Cities. However, they do recommend a donation of $3 per adult and $2 per child to help them care for the plants and animals. The donation is totally optional though and you will never be pushed into donating.
Things to See and Do
Lions and Tigers and Anaconda, Arctic Fox, Bison, Cougar, Dall’s Sheep, Emperor Tamarin, Flamingo, Galapagos Tortoise, Giraffe, Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin, Gorilla, Kudu, Lemur, Orangutan, Ostrich, Patas Monkey, Penguin, Polar Bear, Puffin, Reindeer, Saki Monkey, Sea Lion, Seahorse, Sloth (my favorite), Snow Leopard, Spider Monkey, Wolf, and Zebra. OH MY!
Besides animals there are also rides and food/drinks. Or bring your own picnic for a cheap date.
Bucket List Item
My husband and I enjoyed the unique experience of feeding the Giraffe. It was $5 per leaf of lettuce, which we thought of as our donation to the zoo.
The best photo we got was below because we had to move quickly so the Giraffe wouldn’t walk away. So if you would like a picture be ready.
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Enjoy tropical plants and displays.
Explore the conservatory which is like a Victorian greenhouse. With many gardens including: Bonsai Collection, Centennial Garden, Enchanted Garden, Fern Room, Japanese Garden, Minnesota and Circle Gardens, North Garden, Orchid House, Ordway Gardens, Palm Dome, Sunken Garden, Water Gardens, and Tropical Creatures.
How to Get There?
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Eastabrook Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55103
There are a number of parking lots located within Como Regional Park. Here is a map to help you with parking.
Seasonal weekend shuttles are also available from the Minnesota State Fair grounds.
For those that don’t have a car, want to help save the planet, or want to avoid traffic and finding parking there are biking and bus routes available.