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.