St. Paul has character—and its history and culture support that 100 percent. From its beginnings as the city known as “Pig’s Eye” (thanks to a popular tavern by that name) to today’s highly-respected business and cultural hub, St. Paul has a lot to celebrate.
Many love the family activities in St. Paul, such as the annual Winter Carnival. This celebration got its start in 1886 when a New York reporter called St. Paul “another Siberia.” Gasp! How dare he? And so began the annual tradition of defiantly, gleefully embracing Minnesota’s winter with ice and snow sculptures, food, treasure hunts, and the occasional ice palace. The world’s oldest winter carnival, it brings in more than 350,000 visitors each year.
The Minnesota State Fair needs no explanation, thanks to the 1.7 million-plus people who make their annual trip in search of the latest deep-fried food on a stick. Other St. Paul specialties include the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, the Minnesota History Center and the Science Museum of Minnesota, just to name a few.
Como Park is a historic St. Paul venue in its own right. Its 384 acres include a zoo, conservatory, golf course, lake where you can rent paddleboats, historic Como Lakeside Pavilion for meetings, weddings, and other special events, spaces for concerts and picnics, walking and biking trails and many other amenities.
Our state capital has various cultural offerings and a fascinating history. In our daily routines we might forget just how cool St. Paul is—but when you look at it all written down, it’s pretty clear. We’re cool. But in a characteristically Minnesota nice and humble way, we don’t gloat about it. But we know. We know.
Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.