A Weekend of Family Fun in St. Paul, MN
Situated on the bluffs of the beautiful Mississippi River, St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, is a city rich with history. St. Paul prides itself on its hospitality and boasts unique dining experiences, award-winning theaters and the best park system in the state. A weekend in St. Paul, MN will have you wanting to come back to explore our great state time and again.
Fun Things to do in St. Paul, MN with Kids
Museums in St. Paul, MN
St. Paul has a museum for just about any personality, from art lovers to history buffs. For the young and young-at-heart, the Minnesota Children’s Museum is the place to go. The museum features a 4-story climbing adventure, an all-new toddler exhibit, a carpet skate park and a ninja laser maze. It’s hands-on fun for the whole family!
For kids of all ages, the Science Museum of Minnesota is a great place to learn, experiment and appreciate all the different types of science. Some of the exhibits featured include The Human Body, Dinosaurs and Fossils, Expirement Gallery and Math Moves. While there, catch a movie in the Omni Theater for a one-of-a-kind experience. The Omni Theater has a 90-foot dome screen that brings movies to life.
Every Saturday the St. Paul Farmer’s Market sets up shop downtown and sells locally grown vegetables, meats, cheeses and much more. The open air market is open year round and draws people from all around the Twin Cities.
Hidden Falls along the Mississippi River bluffs is a great way to spend an afternoon. There is a sandy beach area, walking trails, picnic spots, a pavilion and a small spring fed waterfall.
A Padelford Riverboat Cruise is a wonderful way to explore the mighty Mississippi. You can choose from a sightseeing tour or a dinner cruise. Either way, you will experience stunning views of the river.
Festivals and Events
The Festival of Nations is held annually the first weekend of May and is one of the nation’s largest multi-ethnic events. Taste foods from around the globe, meet artisans from across the world and listen to music from other cultures. This is a great event for children and families.
Grand Old Day takes place every first Sunday in June and begins with a parade and ends with a party. You will find over 150 food vendors, six festival gardens, local artists and plenty of fun.
St. Paul Winter Carnival is a fun way to enjoy the winters here in Minnesota. Come out to Rice Park for one of three parades, ice sculptures, live music and an outdoor beer festival. While you are there, be sure to catch the clues for the city-wide medallion hunt. But pay close attention, they hide that medallion well, and people gather from all around the Twin Cities to be the one who finds it.
Best Restaurants in St. Paul, MN
What visit to Minnesota would be complete without trying our famous Juicy Lucy? Head over to The Nook, just outside of downtown to sample the best burger you will ever eat. Just be careful, the gooey cheese inside is piping hot!
If you find yourselves wandering the beautiful city, keep a lookout for some of the 15 or more food trucks that call St. Paul their home. You can find them in Rice Park and Mears Park.
Before you leave the city, be sure to visit Cossettas for lunch. Cossettas features authentic Italian cuisine, including an amazing slice of pizza. Cossettas is cafeteria-style dining with a newly renovated dining space. They also have an Italian market for you to bring their homemade pastas and desserts home with you.
Where to Stay in St. Paul
When you arrive in St. Paul, there are a plethora of hotel choices. Our family likes Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Paul Downtown for the spacious rooms, family friendly atmosphere and the amazing breakfasts. You will find that this home base for your weekend in St. Paul will be comfortable and centrally located.
St. Paul is a place that is rich with history and pride, and you will always find a smiling face. Wander the streets with your family, stay occupied at one of the several museums or theaters, and grab a bite to eat in one of the hundreds of restaurants. Whether you are from Minnesota and you are enjoying a staycation, or you are an out-of-towner on vacation, you will be sure to love this unique city in our wonderful state.
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Main photo of St. Paul skyline credit: Visit St. Paul
Minnesota Capitol photo credit: Dan Oldre
Michelle and her family reside in a small town outside of St. Paul. They love the quiet their little city affords them, but enjoy being just minutes…