Things to Do in the Downtown St. Paul Area

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 11:04am.

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The entertainment center of Minnesota is downtown St. Paul.  Even in the cold winter months the Saint Paul skyway will keep you warm.  There is never a lack of things to do any time of year.

Approximately 8,000 people reside in downtown neighborhoods.  This meca creates St. Paul’s magnet for entertainment. Whether you are coming as a tourist or meeting for business or hosting an event or function, you will have many choices. Here are some of the things to do in downtown St. Paul.

Mears Park

Mears Park is located in Lowertown.  It is bustling in the summer with a concert series, beautiful landscape and a gorgeous stream flowing through the park.  Festivals are held throughout with optional close attractions as well.

Rice Park

In the summer you can enjoy the peaceful Rice Park and grab something to eat from the many Food Trucks that are available.  It is a great park for relaxing and reading from one of the many benches and shade trees while viewing the fountain.  In the winter you will walk into a winter wonderland draped with lights and ice sculptures to bring a twinkle to your eye.

Harriet Island

In 1900 Dr. Justus Ohage gifted Harriet Island to the Saint Paul community.  Harriet Island’s scenic view overlooks the bluffs of the Mississippi and hosts weddings, festivals and many other events.  It is available year round with 5,000 square feet rental facility.  This includes a stage and free parking. 

Roy Wilkins Auditorium

This venue can seat up to 5,500 spectators with 31,683 square foot available.  You can use this space for anything from corporate events to graduations.  Many public events are held at the auditorium throughout the year, as well.


Lowertown is a very cultural and artsy community.  It is also named as a historic place on the National Register and was once one of the largest manufacturing and distribution districts in Minnesota.

These are just a few of the many things found in downtown St. Paul. Many other attractions and places for meetings are found here.

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