At least 144 parks

From Alden Square to Xinia Triangle there are at least 144 parks in St. Paul. Some of the parks are on acres and acres of land and others are little patches of land along busy streets. Some parks have a sculpture or a bench while others have Picnic tables, grills, water features and swimming. One city park even has a zoo. We hold events in the parks and concerts and weddings. We love our parks.

No matter where you live in St. Paul there is a park nearby. Oh and dog parks too.

Harriet Island regional Park

Touring the Capitol Building

 As I mentioned last week I have been doing some tourist type things with a niece who is living with us and is new to the area.  It is like seeing St. Paul for the first time.  Last week we toured our amazing Minnesota State Capitol building.  I have been in the building several times but have not taken the official tour in many years.

The tour takes about 45 min and they have several of them each day and they start on the hour. 

We were able to get on the roof for a close-up and personal look at the famous gold-leafed Quadriga.  The four horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind, fire and water. The women symbolize civilization and the man standing on the chariot represents prosperity.  The sculpture is called ”Progress of the State,” was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Potter and placed on the Capitol in 1906.

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“Progress of State” 

The Minnesota State Capitol is a masterpiece, work of art and certainly a treasure. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and features 23 types of stone.  There are many paintings and works of art inside the building and on school days a lot of children too. 

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The dome of the Minnesota State Capitol Building

We also visited several of the war memorials on the State Capitol grounds including the new firefighters memorial. 

Travel is wonderful but lets not forget what is right in our own back yard that people travel here to see. 

At the lake

 We have so many wonderful city parks in St. Paul and over the years I have taken quite a few photographs of them. I like living in the city but I also like to be near lakes and woods and the river.  

Here are some pictures of lake Phalen park. I grew up in St. Paul and in the summer we would ride our bikes to the lake and go swimming. 

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sail boats
sail boats

Parks provide endless photo opps

 So many of the photos on this site were taken in our beautiful city parks.  This one was taken in Lilydale regional parks which one of the most beautiful parks as it has not been totally developed.  There is heavy equipment in the woods but the bike trails are open and the wildflowers are blooming.

Here is some golden wart:

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Golden wart

The spider wart is also in full bloom and soon the milkweed will open.  

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old car weekend

 Shame on me for calling those restored cars old but this weekend you will see cars from another era around town.  Looking at old cars is almost as much fun as looking at old houses but we call the historic homes because that sounds better than old houses.  For an up close and personal look at some really neat classic cars head to the Minnesota State Fair grounds:

Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Adults $10, Children 12 & under Free

The 40th Annual Back to the 50’s Car Show will feature over 10,000 street rods and custom cars along with commercial vendors, swappers, crafters, entertainment and much more.

For more information visit or call (651) 641-1992.

In front of the St. Paul Public Library 

The lighting of the tree

The annual lighting of the tree and opening of the Wells Fargo skating rink  takes place today in Rice park at 5:00 PM. The gigantic tree with 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights that will be lit up and left on until be left on until January 1.   It is really lovely the whole park is lit up and decorated. At this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, Make A Wish Foundation® of Minnesota will be selling candles with a portion of proceeds going to grant the wish of a Minnesota child. 

Here are some photos from previous years.

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If you want to photograph the park all lit up one of the best times to do it is on a Sunday morning.  

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Remember how snowy 2010 was?

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If you see me in the park say hi.  I’ll be the one with the tripod.