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A Victorian building with floral displays, sunken garden, grotto and pond. Includes Como Park Conservatory, McKnight Formal Gardens, Como Ordway Japanese Garden, cafeteria food and paddle boat rental. Call for event schedule.
Acknowledged: The Twin Cities area is full of awesome parks. A resident could point to one of any number of beautiful outdoor public spaces and make an argument that it's our best park. But how many of those parks have a year-round indoor conservatory that gives visitors a taste of the tropics during the dead of winter? How many have both a peaceful Japanese garden and several athletic fields? How many have an 18-hole golf course and mini golf, not to mention an amusement park? How many have... More »
We should note up front that the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory--the two main attractions of Como Park--request a free-will donation upon entrance, so this outing is "free" only in the technical sense. (C'mon, people! It's only two bucks for adults and one for children!) Which means that besides taking bucolic respite in the sprawling, 348-acre park, you can fritter away the day beholding majestic mountain gorillas through full-length glass, gazing upon roaming bison, or getting up... More »
Say what you will about the Lady Slippers in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, or the stately oaks that line the river near Minnehaha Falls, you won't find a giraffe in either spot. Nor can you bask beneath palm trees around a koi pond. No, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is a unique treasure. Back in 1872, the city philanthropists who built this park thought big--300 acres big--and the amenities have multiplied over the years. There's pool and lake swimming, an 18-hole golf... More »
Maybe Como Park isn't as vast as it appears. Perhaps the park's topography--its myriad rolling hills and winding drives--make it seem grander than it is. Certainly, density accounts for some of its splendor. After all, no other green space in the metro offers Como's variety: a zoo, an amusement park, a world-class conservatory, a lake with paddleboat rentals, and a restored 19th-century carousel, not to mention some of the sexiest picnic spots this side of San Juan Capistrano and the usual... More »
One day this summer, when the sun is manageable and there's a light breeze about, drive on down to Como Park and just try to maneuver effectively through the rollerbladers, powerwalkers, and family fieldtrip spectacle. It's one big picnic of people, and a great place to spend a lazy Saturday people watching, visiting the gorillas or Sparky the Seal (but avoid the depressing polar bear exhibit), and strolling though the half-acre, award-winning conservatory. And just in case you miss your... More »
We should note up front that the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory—the two main attractions of Como Park—request a free-will donation upon entrance, so this outing is "free" only in the technical sense. (C'mon, people! It's only two bucks for adults and one for children!) Which means that besides taking bucolic respite in the sprawling, 348-acre park, you can fritter away the day beholding majestic mountain gorillas through full-length glass, gazing upon roaming bison, or getting up close and personal with giant zebras. Stroll through the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, breathe deep the lush humidity, and fondle the myriad ferns 'neath soaring coconut palms. Bring a picnic lunch and you can spend the entire day without spending a dime.
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