The great city of St. Paul, Minnesota offers up many things to do. Whether it’s the Ordway Theater, Cathedral of St. Paul, The Robert Street Bridge, or taking in a game at CHS Field, you’ll find a plethora of fun and interesting things to do while in and around St. Paul.
1. The Minnesota State Capitol Building
Let’s start with the Minnesota State Capitol Building located in the heart of St. Paul MN. The historic Minnesota capitol building was built in 1905 and was designed by architect Cass Gilbert. Built in an italian renaissance, beaux-arts architectural style the state capitol was said to be patterned after the world renowned St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome Italy. The most striking feature of the Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul is arguably the Solid 24 karat gold gilded four horse drawn chariot known as a quadriga located above the entrance to the capitol building.
2. Robert Street Bridge of St. Paul
The Robert Street Bridge was constructed in 1926 and was extremely vital to the city’s development. It is equipped with 8 enormous concrete arches on the 1429-foot reinforced concrete rainbow arch bridge. This is the most recognizable historic bridge to cross the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Be sure to take in the spectacular sunset view over downtown St. Paul.
3. Cathedral of St. Paul
If you appreciate architecture as much as we do, another must see architectural landmark is the Cathedral of St. Paul located only a few blocks from the MN State Capitol. First opening in 1915 the Cathedral of St. Paul’s iconic copper topped dome can be seen from historic downtown St. Paul.
4. The Ordway Theater
The Ordway Theater is a full-service establishment with two casual café’s, a restaurant, and a lounge for drinks. Here you’ll find everything you’re looking for from broadway musicals to classical productions, orchestra’s and operas on icons the Ordway theatre of St. Paul. Many productions come here on their practice run before hitting Broadway. It’s located close to the Stone Arch Bridge and you can take a tour instead of seeing a show if you’d like. You can even see what it’s like backstage if you ask.
5. Saint Paul Saints Game at CHS Field
CHS Field is a historic baseball stadium that is home to the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. A day at the ballpark is always a fun event to enjoy with friends or family. The ballpark dogs and cold beer here fit the bill of what you need on a warm summer night while in St. Paul.
6. Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling is the oldest structure in the state of Minnesota. It sits at the crux of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. Fort Snelling has several events such as summer youth programs, reenactments, and competitions. There are costumed tour guides to provide you with a ton of historical information during your visit too.
These are so many things you can do while in St. Paul. One thing for sure is you’ll never be bored here and you’ll leave with a smile. We hope you enjoy yourself.
Because we’re so giving we’ll give you one BONUS thing to do in St. Paul this summer. Visit the great Minnesota Get Together; The Minnesota State Fair.