Como Park is located in northwest Saint Paul in Minnesota. It is one of the main and most visited parks in Minnesota, receiving more than 1.9 million visitors annually. It is best known for the Como Zoo, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, which is the only completely free botanical garden and zoo in the country. Admission to Como Park is always free; however, the park accepts voluntary donations.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is located at 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul MN. Its exhibits of exotic animals include orangutans, sea lions, gorillas, and polar bears. The Tropical Encounters exhibit trees and plants from the South American Rainforest and the lovely conservatory gardens boast of tropical gardens, seasonal flower shops, bonsai, ferns, orchids, and a globally recognized Japanese Garden. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory offers unique programs and classes and hosts events such as weddings.
Como Zoo was the first zoo in St Paul. It is located in Saint Paul MN and was established in 1897 when the city of St Paul received a gift of three deer. Animals were brought into the zoo and moved to facilities at Como Park that could house more animals. Since its establishment, Como Zoo has featured attractions such as the Bird Yard exhibit, Large Cats Exhibit, Primate House, and Aquatic Building. It also features a large display of exotic plants in various gardens including the enchanted garden, north garden, and centennial garden.
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Sitting on half an acre, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory was first opened in 1915 and has been in service since then. It is located in Saint Paul MN 551030 and is accessible all year round. It is the most popular site in Minnesota and has been dubbed the centerpiece of Como Park. The Conservatory features over 100 different fern species, fruit-producing plants, a wide variety of rainforest trees, and different types of orchids. It is a show house where you and your family can come in and see tropical and semitropical grandeur, as well as a home for the plants the conservatory displays in its outdoor and indoor gardens.
Hours and Dates
Como Park is open 365 days a year.
- Summer Hours (April 1 – September 30): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Winter Hours (October 1 – March 31): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Important Visitation Update
Como Park has designed a COVID-19 safety plan to facilitate a safe return. Before you visit, you should know that:
- Reservations are required for members and non-members.
- Unvaccinated visitors are encouraged to wear masks while walking around or exploring outside the park.
- In adherence to CDC and the City guidelines, the park is limiting capacity.
- Currently, the park does not allow posed photography, including wedding photos, senior photos, and family photos.
You can reserve a day and time to visit the park on its website, where you can get more information before your visit. Register today and get to explore the many attractions that Como Park has to offer.
Know Before You Go
Como Park is free and open to frequent visitors and newcomers all year round. The park strives to inspire visitors in St Paul MN to value the presence of living things in their lives. With over 1.9 million visitors yearly, the park’s staff cares for the animals and plants that live there.
Entry at the park is free; however, donations are welcome but not required. You can sign up for Como news and discounts and contact the park if you want to host a meeting, corporate event, wedding, or birthday party at one of their stunning venues.
You can search for more useful information about the park and how it is handling the novel Coronavirus on its website. The next time you drive by Como Park, make sure you check out its attractions.