Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in St. Paul to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Harriet Island / Boom Island
Padelford Packet Boat Company

If you can't imagine anything better than sightseeing along the river, make sure to consider these cruises. Departing from Harriet Island in St. Paul and Boom Island in Minneapolis, they feature large riverboats and plenty of beautiful scenery,...  Read More

Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum

Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum dates from the 1880s and seeks to preserve interest in music in general and classical music in particular. The collection includes well over 100 instruments and devices, ranging from harpsichords and...  Read More

These tours are part of a wide variety of guided options that detail intriguing aspects of the city's past. Some are walking tours; others are narrated motor coach tours. Among the historical terrain covered is the Twin Cities' gangster past...  Read More

Five trails wind through 500 wooded acres. Habitat trails allow visitors to view animals in their natural surroundings. A range of wildlife from birds and bats to snakes and lizards to monkeys and bears are featured. More wildlife includes...  Read More

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

This Victorian-style park complex offers a wide range of attractions, including a zoo, conservatory, 18-hole golf course, and concert pavilion. Paddleboats, a small amusement park, a turn-of-the-century carousel, and an outdoor pool are also...  Read More

Cathedral of St. Paul

Modeled after Rome's St. Peter's Basilica, the Cathedral of St. Paul is literally a high point in the city's architecture. Such was the intention of Archbishop John Ireland, who insisted that its peak reach higher than that of the neighboring...  Read More


Rice Park, the heart of St. Paul's downtown, is the perfect urban square. Some of the city's most notable architectural landmarks, such as the St. Paul Hotel, Ordway Music Theater, St. Paul Public Library, and the Landmark Center, surround the...  Read More

Alexander Ramsey House

One of the nation's most well-preserved Victorian homes, this house was completed in 1872 and served as the residence of the first governor of Minnesota. The home features marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, carved walnut woodwork, and lots...  Read More

Minnesota's answer to the Smithsonian Institution, this center is dedicated to preserving the history of the state. Focusing on everything from logging to native rock singer Prince, exhibits are lively and engaging. A historical building in and...  Read More

Walk under and around an 82-foot dinosaur in Paleontology Hall. Touch a tornado in Experiment Gallery. Learn about life in other parts of the world in Anthropology Hall. Watch a movie on the Omnitheater's huge domed screen. This major science...  Read More