We just had an evening in St. Paul that everyone must do when here. Rice Park and the Landmark Center are beautiful year round, but in December and January with the holiday lights and the ice skating rink next door, it is a magical, fairy, wonderland explosion–and it’s all free and open to the public.
It’s no mystery to me any longer that St. Paul was voted America’s most romantic getaway by USA Today readers. Your kids will love it and when they get older they’ll know the perfect spot to bring their first love on their first date.
For families, plan ahead for food. The only obvious dining spots bordering Rice Park are fancier sit down restaurants. If you are on a budget, I recommend packing a meal or eating before you come. Part of St. Paul’s charm is that it is old fashioned. Part of old fashioned is there are no McDonalds or other fast food options around. Compared to the Monday through Friday lunch offerings, late afternoon, evenings and weekends are a fast food ghost town. (For a few options read here and scroll to the Children’s Museum description.)
Ice skating is open everyday in December and January. It’s always free to skate and if you have a Wells Fargo account, bring proof and you can rent up to 4 pairs of ice skates free every time. Otherwise it’s $4 to rent ice skates.
The Landmark Center is open to the public every day–but they often close early, so double check the website for hours and special events. Take the elevator up to the 4th floor to see the old judges chambers. The 2nd floor has a Wood Carver’s Museum worth visiting too.