Como Park brings the St. Paul community and surrounding communities together. It’s the perfect spot for a day of family fun, a date night, or for spending time with friends. There is something fun for everyone at Como Park. From its beautiful trails to Como Lake and activities… Como Park is the place to be!
If softball, baseball or soccer is your game, visit the McMurray Fields. There are three artificial turf soccer fields, six softball fields, and a baseball field. In the winter many people in the Como Park Community love to play boot hockey at McMurray Fields.
The Como Park Mini Golf course is family owned and operated. Being a family owned Mini Golf course, the owners kept in mind all skill levels when creating the holes. The first nine holes are for beginners allowing the whole family to play, while the last nine holes are a bit more challenging. The Como Mini Golf course was updated in 1999. Now it is complete with shady trees, flower gardens, water traps, a castle, a loop, old fashion wind mill, fountains and at the end of the 18th hole, there is a chance to win a free game! If you are looking for a more challenging golfing experience, give the Como Golf Course a swing.
The Como Golf Course was first introduced as a nine-hole course in 1929. The second batch of nine holes was developed in 1932. The Como Golf Course got a face-lift in 1986 with a new clubhouse and a new cart storage facility. Today the Como Golf Course has a full-service pro shop and 18 holes that have a par 70. It covers 5,581 yards from the middle trees, has a rating of 67.5, and a slope of 122. This golf course is made for your average golfer. There are not many straight putts and it has well-bunkered greens. If you like golfing with a little challenge, this golf course is for you! It offers water hazards and elevation changes. The Como Golf Course is located behind the historic Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.
Como Zoo and Conservatory
One of three Free Zoos in the country, The Como Zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, an aquatic life exhibit, an African hoofed animal exhibit, a polar bear exhibit, and a brand new gorilla exhibit! The Como Zoo is run on donations. Suggested donations are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Next to the Zoo is Como Town. Como Town is a kid’s dream! It includes many rides such as the froghopper, dragon coaster, teacup rides, splash zone, the new soaring eagle zip ride and more! The conservatory offers a myriad amount of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids, and other seasonal flowers.
Como Regional Park Pool
Cool off at the Como Pool! This brand new outdoor water park is brought to you by the City Of St. Paul’s Parks & Recreation Department. It features a 400 Foot Lazy River, Aquatic Zine, Diving Well featuring a 1-meter diving board, two diving platforms, Children’s Activity Pool and an Aquatic Climbing Wall. The Como Pool has convenient men’s, women’s, and family locker rooms.
If you are looking to learn a little bit about St. Paul’s history, visit the Cafesjian’s Carousel. The Cafesjian’s Carousel was built in 1914 by Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Each year during the fair, Minnesota families would ride the carousel. In 1988, many Minnesotans were upset that the carousel had been put up for sale. Luckily a St. Paul couple took action to save the carousel. In spring 2000, the Cafesjian’s Carousel opened in a new, $1.1 million copper-roofed pavilion in Como Park. Today, there are six display causes, which provide informational displays of the history and restoration of the carousel. Click here for more information.
Historic Streetcar Station
The Historic Streetcar Station was built in 1985. It has an interpretive museum about the Twin Cities Streetcar Line. The facility is available for rentals year-round; it has proper heating and cooling. Tables and chairs are available as well.
Como Park’s Trail
After you have explored the sporting activities, the Como Zoo, Como Regional Park Pool and some of Como Park’s Historic monuments; enjoy Como Park’s beautiful scenic trail! Como Park’s trail is appropriate for all ages to bike or walk on. The trail is 1.6 miles long or 3200 steps. Much of the trail runs along beautiful Lake Como. Whether you are walking your dog or going for a walk to enjoy the beautiful weather, Como Park’s trail is the perfect walking/ biking trail for you!
Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center (Como Lakeside Pavilion)
Near the Como Park trail is Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center! Black Bear Crossings has been managing the Historic Como Lakeside Pavilion for the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation since 2000. Black Bear Crossings Café offers a variety of homemade menu items; three community meeting rooms free of charge; and rental of the outdoor promenade and third floor banquet room. Enjoy delicious meals and snacks at the Café for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Breakfasts are made to order seven days a week; pancakes, french toast, waffles, omelets, etc… For lunch the “Heart Healthy” Chicken Berry wrap & signature Chicken Wild Rice Soup are local favorites. Hand-tossed pizzas are also popular, along with the Chicago Dogs (dragged thru the garden) 🙂 & Chili Cheese Dogs. Home baked pastries, including Pam’s famous Pumpkin Spice Muffins and her homemade pies – will be entered in the state fair this year! New Gluten free items have been added: blueberry scones, chocolate chip cookies, flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, salads, and gluten free pizza!!! Wine & Craft Beers are also available! Black Bear Crossings is family friendly, as they provide high chairs and a children’s menu. Plan your next book club meeting, small board meetings, office retreats, political meetings, or workshops in one of Black Bear Crossings’ community meeting rooms. The private banquet room located on the third floor of the Historic Como Lakeside Pavilion is an ideal venue for wedding receptions or corporate functions. The outdoor promenade is well suited for wedding ceremonies and company picnics. Whether you are at Black Bear Crossings Café for recreation or for business, there is always delicious food and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center is conveniently located, has plenty of free parking, and is open year round. Check out their website to view hours and site info here.
Explore Lake Como on paddle boats or canoes provided by Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center at the Historic Como Lakeside Pavilion. Paddle boats and canoes are rented by the hour and are available Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Paddle boating and canoeing hours are Monday through Friday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday & Sunday noon to 8:00 PM. Boating on Como Lake is a great time to watch the wildlife! Egrets, herons, red-tail hawks, the occasional bald eagle and migratory birds such as the horned grebe.
Music in the Parks
After a day full of Como Park activities, unwind and enjoy some live music. The Como Pavilion is a venue for Music in the Parks. Live music is performed on the Outdoor Promenade that seats up to 1000 people. Music in the Parks is an historic program put on by the city of St. Paul Parks & Recreation, with the help of donations, providing free live music for the public. Black Bear Crossings Café provides food & drink before, after, and during the performances. Hear a wide variety of live music and theatre shows all summer long. Click here for the Music in the Parks schedule.