Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul

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#1 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Minnesota
Home to 25 animal exhibits and a garden containing nearly 50,000 plants, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory pairs the education of a wildlife park with a world-class botanical display. Polar bears, penguins, gorillas, and lemurs represent some of the park's most notable residents. The conservatory section features a multitude of gardens and art displays, including a Japanese garden, an orchid house, a fern exhibit, and a seasonal rotating flower show. You'll find that most are housed within an ornate early 20th century glass structure. Entry is free, but a small donation is encouraged to help with facility operations and upkeep. With our world travel planner, Saint Paul attractions like Como Park Zoo & Conservatory can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It is well worth stopping at the Como Park Zoo. This zoo is free but they do accept donations. One thing to keep in mind while visiting is some areas of the zoo may need some updating such as the wolf...  more »
  • Como zoo is a very nice zoo with a wide variety of animals for the size of the zoo. Some cages are quite small particularly compared with newer zoos. That said, it is a very nice zoo with quite a bit ...  more »
  • We went to visit on a weekend. Parking doesn't supply so you have to walk a lot. The greenhouse is impressive. It is worth visiting it without so many people to enjoy the collection of tropical plant. They make a great effort to have plants in flower. The Zoo is small and free. There is a park for children with rides.
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  • I've only been here once and I can't wait to go back. We attended a birthday party and it was such a wonderful experience! They have a wonderful array of animals for a small zoo. Which is exactly what you want when you are visiting with multiple small children. I have yet to explore the conservatory but it looks beautiful from the outside. I can't wait to go back! Parking can be tricky so get there early or be prepared to walk a bit (totally doable though). Price is just a suggested donation of a few dollars per person. They have a gorgeous, vintage merry go round that the kids enjoyed.
  • What a jewel in the crown of St. Paul. Free admission (donations encouraged), plenty of parking, surrounded by park and picnic areas. Lots to see. There is even an amusement park ($). Animal enclosures are very nice, featuring a huge variety. The gift shop is lovely. Conservatory and its many gardens is a full days outing all on its own. The abundance of Flora, a cure for the Minnesota winter blues. There is also a historic carousel on site, very beautiful and affordable. Check this out, especially if you have out of town visitors or need a family activity.
  • I have been coming here as a small child and this place is wonderful. There are extravagant gardens and animals you won't see anywhere else. They ask for donations to get into certain areas and it is well worth it. Many areas for small children to play at. They also have some tasty food. Well worth a trip!
  • What a lovely place. They offer a total free entry. We especially enjoyed the monkey area where you can get very close to the Gorillas and Orangutans. You will find at every place volunteers who gladly reply to your questions. We even got the chance to join a Gorilla training, which was very interesting. Thanks a lot for this adventure.
  • Such a fantastic place! The exterior of the zoo and surrounding park are beautiful! And the zoo has many different animals, an easily navigated layout, and kind workers. We've been twice while visiting family, and it's been a joy both times. Bonus: next to the zoo is a very small--but fun-- amusement park with neat rides for the kiddos.
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