St. Paul Journals

Minnesota Nice

A travel journal to St. Paul by Jerril

Quote: Living half my life in the desert, I first experienced culture shock when I moved to the land of 10,000 lakes (there's actually over 15,000). I haven't regretted a single day of living here, since.

Minnesota Nice

Overview

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"Disneyland? or St. Paul, MN?" "Oh, please Mom! Can we go to St. Paul??" Ok, it's not the first stop on everyone's vacation list, but it should be! I'm still discovering what the Twin Cities have to offer. Quick Tips: Weather wise: I've found the winter to be beautiful and full of snow. Great for outdoor winter sports of all kinds. Summer is hot and humid, and it reminds me of Florida with a better view and no large bugs. Spring and fall have an indescribable beauty to them. Nature enthusiasts would love Minnesota any season. Best Way To Get Around: Best way to get around is to rent a car, if you don't have your own available to you. The Intl Airport is located convenient...Read More

Radisson Hotel South & Plaza Tower

Hotel | "Radisson Hotel"

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I stayed here one night while just visiting in Minnesota. Very nice Hotel and it''s just a few minutes from the airport. Even fewer minutes from the mall that everyone loves (Mall of America) but that wasn''t built when I stayed here last.

Very nice rooms and worth taking the family. If you''re travelling solo, then I would recomend a motel (there are plenty near by).

We stayed here just to spoil ourselves, heated indoor swimming pool, cable, all the good stuff.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Radisson Hotel South & Plaza Tower
7800 Normandale Blvd
St. Paul, Minnesota 55439
(952) 835-7800

Buca di Beppo

Restaurant

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Bucca's was one of those restaurants that I always hear about but never visited. My friends always talked about going there sometime or what they had the last time they went. A friend of mine wrote a review for the restaurant in a local paper once and had nothing but praise for the experience and she doesn't even like Italian food especially. So, when the group I was going to Prom with talked about getting reservations for the night of the dance I was really excited. I found out right away that Bucca's is one of those restaurants that you can dress formally or come in a t-shirt and jeans. The only expectation they have is that you come in a group because everything on the menu is served in family ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Buca di Beppo
2728 Ganon Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55116
(651) 772-4388

Minnesota Childrens Museum

Attraction | "Minnesota Children's Museum"

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The children's museum has moved into a new building it's bigger and has much more new exhibits, but still has the same old favorites. The building is four floors full of hands on learning fun. I noticed the large windows in all the rooms let in plenty of sunlight that make it a bright and cheery place even if there's a -20 wind chill out side. When we visited, it was about -20 degrees (f) but it hardly made a difference because the ramp across the street is connected to the museum by a heated (or air conditioned) sky way. Since the skyway also connected the mall next door to the museum we went over there first and ate lunch. We got our sticker after paying admission and headed to the first floor. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Minnesota Childrens Museum
10 7th Street W
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
(651) 225-6000

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This, like the Children's Museum, moved into a new, larger, building, but has the same old favorites and some new attractions. We drove through downtown, along Kellogg Blvd., and when I first saw the building it looked tiny! One floor and not much of one, at that. But when I realized it was located along a cliff and there are four floors under the first one, it made a lot more sense to me. We came to see their newest attraction, Sue. An 18 foot tall T-Rex. They always have plenty of stuff about dinosaurs and other animals. We stopped first at the interactive exhibits. In one station you can bow a violin string and see what the sound wave looks like. Another booth you ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd W
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
(651) 221-9444

Minnesota Zoo

Attraction

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We arrived here on a snowy Sunday afternoon. It wasn't terribly busy, probably because of the weather, but in any case, parking was ample. When entering the zoo, signs directed us into two major lots. The lots are quite large, but on a beautiful afternoon they fill up quickly. The divides itself up into sections called trails. After we got through the bustle of getting through the ticket takers we chose to take the tropical trail, which is indoors and has a tropical climate. It's almost like taking a guided walk through a forest. The animals' habitats look quite natural, which is better then watching them sympathetically through the bars of a cage. The trail twists and turns and about half way thr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-9500

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Attraction | "Como Zoo"

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Como zoo is located near Midway. Midway is an area of St. Paul that is half way between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. This is a more quiet area with winding roads that wrap around public ponds and parks. (Midway is also home to the Minnesota State Fair.) A group of friends and I decided to go on a warm spring Saturday afternoon. Because we've seen the traffic over there on days like these we planned ahead and left early leaving us plenty of time to find a good parking spot. There are only a few small sized parking lots, and they're almost always full so we drove around untill we found a good parking spot about a quarter of a mile away from the zoo entrance. We were right next to a pla...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St Paul, Minnesota 55103
(651) 487-8201

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I think of the Roy Wilkins as the little brother of the City/River centre. It's nestled in between the St. Paul Ordway and the River Center (a much larger concert/hockey venue). This is a place where you have to park at a nearby ramp and try to find it by walking, since it really is "nestled" in between these buildings. There's nothing very special about this place, except that it's so small that it is impossible to have a bad seat in the place. No matter where you are, you aren't far from the stage, which is something I like. The seats are old, most of them are somewhat broken, and I always (no matter how often I go)get a seat where someone spilled beer or soda all over it, but most c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2001

Roy Wilkin's Auditorium
175 W 5th Street
St. Paul, Minnesota

Season Advice

Story/Tip

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I was born in the desert and lived there for 10 years, and I still love the weather. I also hear a lot of people complain about the weather, and they're usually the ones that sit in their houses and refuse to go out because it's a little hot or there's snow on the ground. Wimps! Minnesota must be mostly known for it's winters. The snow can get 3 feet high and the temperatures can drop to about -20 (ferenheit), but that's really only a few times during the season. If you wear the appropiate clothing you can have a really good time in our winter wonderlands. When the 10,000 lakes freeze over there is down hill skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, sledding, tubing, snow mob...Read More