Saint Paul – The historic and uber-welcoming Capitol of Minnesota – forms one half of the sprawling Twin Cities.
With a population just shy of 300,000 and all the urban areas of colossal Minneapolis just on the doorstep, the city strikes a fine balance between the laid-back and the metropolitan.
Its southern fringes are lined with the green, sometimes snow-dressed banks of the Mississippi River, while the inner streets are alive with everything from artisan coffee shops to cutting-edge museums.
Of course, the glorious Capitol Buildings draw a crowd, complete with monuments and statues aplenty.
And then there are the heritage homes of F Scott Fitzgerald and others lining beautiful Summit Avenue; a medley of pretty Victorian houses and National Historic Register architecture that’s topped with the unforgettable domes of the Cathedral of Saint Paul. Yes sir, there really is plenty to do in this buzzing hub of the North Star State.
Here’s our list of the best things to do in Saint Paul:
1. Understand state history at the Minnesota History Center
The headquarters of the state history museum makes its home in the very heart of Saint Paul, just a stone’s throw from the rises of Minnesota State Capitol buildings.
Boasting more than 4,000 square meters of museum room, the institution chronicles everything from the presence of the Hmong tribespeople in Minnesota (people who migrated here en masse from Laos and China in the 1970s) to the conflicts of the Dakota War.
The spot is also where you’ll find the sprawling book collections that form the Minnesota History Center Library; open to the public for research and learning purposes.