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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
St. Paul didn’t receive its elegant sounding moniker until 1849. Before that, it was called Pig’s Eye, after a local tavern owner named Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant. Parrant was an unlikely inspiration for a town name: He had a bad reputation and was said to be a coarse, uncouth man whose bad eye lent his face a piggish expression.
But according to legend, a customer at Parrant’s tavern gave “Pig’s Eye” as the return address on a letter he was sending, and from then on, the town was known as Pig’s Eye.
St. Paul might have been known as Pig’s Eye forever, if not for the arrival of a Catholic priest named Father Lucien Galtier, who established the chapel of St. Paul in the region in 1840. Nine years later, the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Minnesota, presumably weighing the pros and cons of naming the town after a licentious tavern owner or a Catholic saint, officially named the settlement St. Paul.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory: The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is truly a gem in St. Paul. It’s free to get in with a suggested donation of $3 for adults, $2 for kids. The amusement park is great for small children. The tropical conservatory has animals inside it as well. There’s a garden that changes for each season. The spring/Easter flowers were absolutely stunning. The zoo is a perfect size. They have all the basic animals, primates, giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, an aquarium, arctic animals, etc. The primate house is especially impressing, they have a good variety of primates and 3 gorillas that are so interesting to watch.
Cathedral of St. Paul: The St. Paul Cathedral sits on a high bluff overlooking downtown St. Paul and the Mississippi River. Its architecture and dimensions rival the great cathedrals of Europe. The sense of spirituality that resides within its magnificent space is tangible and striking. The sculptures within the Cathedral are museum quality. It is worth at least a 30-minute visit if you are in the area. The parking is free and a visit to the Cathedral can be combined with a visit to the large and impressive James J. Hill house across the street. This is a National Historic Site. Even for non-Catholics (non-church goers too, for that matter), the Cathedral holds something to like for each and every one.
James J Hill House: This was once the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. It is a wonderful tour and you can almost imagine what it was like to live in grandeur in the late 1800’s. The home features its own art gallery and a 2-story pipe organ. The tours are about an hour and 15 minutes long. The tour guides were dressed as servants and did a marvelous job of acting out the stories of the servants who once lived at the house. James J. Hill was the builder of the Great Northern Railway. The Minnesota Historical Society gives very informative tours and you can just get a sliver of the feeling of what it may have been like to have visited that grand house in it’s heyday. One also learns a little about the history of the Northern Pacific Railroad and St. Paul itself.
Science Museum of Minnesota: A great variety of displays and interactive learning experience are available at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Adults and children of all ages will find something that they are interested in and will learn plenty as they visit new exhibits, and revisit permanent ones. Plan on spending a good portion of your day here. Fun, well-organized museum! The Omni theater is definitely a high point of any visit, spectacular photography and great stories.
Historic Fort Snelling: This is the first military settlement in what was Minnesota Territory located on the banks of the Mississippi River near the confluence of the Minnesota River. The guided tours are worth the time and money. You will also have the ability to explore on your own. View everything from the symbolic firing of the cannon to the crude medical instruments and practices of the time. Guides in uniforms and clothing of the time will take you back to when it was an active facility. This is a really fun place to take the whole family. You get a feel for what life was like in the military during the Civil War and early Minnesota history. This fort has stone walls! It brings history to life, with the reenactors, providing a great atmosphere and a chance to step back in time. Barrack rooms, commanding officer’s quarters. medical center. plenty to look at, and the view from the round tower is great.
The Raptor Center: The Raptor Center had educational birds and many we did not see that were in their professional care. Omaha, the turkey vulture was feeding and sunning herself. An awesome site to see her powerful beak and wing span. The tour is of a small part for the birds’ benefits but well worth the time and small admission. Tours are every 30 minutes and led by trained volunteers who explain the mission of the Center and its inhabitants very well. Visitors can see an amazing variety of raptors up close and personal. These birds are amazing and beautiful. This is not a zoo. The raptors on display are permanently injured and cannot survive in the wild.
Minnesota State Capitol: An architectural masterpiece by Cass Gilbert incorporating exquisite materials with traditional classical design to enable functional space for the three branches of state government. The artwork reflects Minnesota’s history, values, and hopes. Truly a people’s building in a grand manner. It looks over the city of St Paul and symbolically the state. The memorials outside of the building are also very much worth seeing and reflecting on the noble past of some of our great citizens. Newly renovated back to its original beauty.
Minneapolis, MN – St Paul International Airport is the easiest one to get you to St. Paul from Tampa. There are numerous hotels and other types of accommodations. TravelKatz is here to help you have a wonderful time exploring our state capitols. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
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MINNESOTA: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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