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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul

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Architectural Building Zoo / Aquarium
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. Take a look at our Saint Paul trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It a classic glass green house with a variety of planes from many place around the world, fern room, main room has Palms all in doors, they ask for donations well worth the price, many times there are...  more »
  • We brought our first grandbaby to the Conservatory to take photos just like we did with his Dad 39 years ago! The tradition continues. We especially enjoyed the bonsai collection and the Japanese Gard...  more »
  • I come here whenever I'm in the city and it's always so beautiful, especially in the winter. It's a great way to escape to a tropical paradise or beautiful garden!  more »
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  • A crowned jewel of the Twin Cities. It's by no means a perfect zoo, but as a non-profit that relies on the generous donations of its visitors it is pretty impressive. Also, their conservatory is a delight to walk through and the Japanese garden a tranquil place to sit, rest, and contemplate the wonders of the garden. I've been going to this zoo since I was a little boy, and over those forty years it has changed and grown so much. I'm really proud to have this zoo in our city. My only wish would be for a much greater selection of HEALTHY food choices — presently a majority of the food available are pretty low-health, high fat and calorie choices. It'd be nice to see Como Zoo step up its game in the food department, offering less fried and fatty foods and more healthy and sustainable alternatives.
  • This place is amazing. Cool animal exhibits, plenty of green area to hang out in, and it's always been well taken care of when I've gone. You're going to get a different experience than the Minnesota Zoo, but they definitely make the most of what they have as a non-profit.
  • Neat park to walk around. Lots of little discoveries and the size of the park allows multiple visits without revisiting the same places. The conservatory with the plants was breathtaking and had tons of little Easter eggs for you to discover in terms of an exotic plants and incredibly beautiful flowers. The zoo, too, was fairly substantial and extremely impressive for a free zoo. They ask for a three dollar donation per person which is definitely worthwhile. Highly recommend going. Safe and fun for the family!
  • Nice urban zoo - much improved from when I was a child. Tends to be very crowded with limited parking because admission is free - though they encourage donations at the entrance. I'm not happy that they keep great apes, though, as I feel they're in jail, though the gorillas have some room to roam.
  • This is a good zoo, especially for the price. There is plenty to keep kids busy for a few hours and there are great park and picnic places near by. My only complaint is parking. We've had to turn around and go home more than once on a Saturday because we couldn't find a spot to park.