St. Paul City Parks

This is a gallery page of photographs of St. Paul’s beautiful public parks.  It took a couple of years to collect so many but we have beautiful parks and I wanted to show them off.  Most of our parks have a lot of trees in them and in the oldest parts of the city the trees are huge ancient oak trees.  They make photography challenging but I keep taking photos of the same parks until I get one that I like. I feel lucky to live in a city with so many parks.

Como Park – This one is special, I will call it a treasure. It was built during the great recession and some of it was built by the WPA.They ask for donations from people who visit the zoo and the conservatory but the park is free and popular for children’s field trips, picnics and weddings.

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Downtown Parks – 3

Kellogg Park – a green space that runs along Kellogg Boulevard with spectacular views of the River and the bridges.   A favorite place for downtown workers to grab lunch in the summer. In the winter the park has one of the best holiday light displays in town.

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Rice Park – in the hear of downtown St. Paul.  If you stand in the middle of the park the Central Library is to the South, the beautiful historic landmark center is to the North, the Saint Paul Hotel is to the east and the Ordway Theater to the West.  Winter carnival events and many other events are held in this park. Also popular for weddings.

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Mears Park – This one is one of the best kept secrets in St. Paul. Located in Lowertown and surrounded by housing and restaurants   It is truely an oasis in the city complete with a stream and wonderful flower gardens planted and maintained by local volunteers. It has a band-shell too.

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Historic Irvine Park – Just west of downtown. More of a village square. Featuring a small gazebo and a historic fountain. A popular place to have an outdoor wedding.

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River Park – this one is huge and goes on for miles along the Mississippi River. There are walking paths and biking paths.  The part of the park closest to downtown St. Paul has fountains and sculptures.

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Phalen Park – this one is huge with plenty of picnic areas and a swimming beach right on lake Phalen. It also has a golf course, boat rental and so much more. It is located on St. Paul’s east side.

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Indian Mounds Park – Located on the east side of St. Paul on the bluffs of the Mississippi river with spectacular views of the river valley and downtown St. Paul.  There are picnic areas, wild flowers and a playground.

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Cherokee Park – Located on the South side of the Mississippi River High up on the bluff.  There are picnic tables and swings for the kids. This park is fairly large and popular for family reunions and company picnics.

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Newel Park – a small park west of downtown in the Midway neighborhood.  It is a picnic area with a playground and a ball park.

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4 thoughts on “St. Paul City Parks

  1. Jacki

    Thank you for this page. I take senior photos and am always looking for more places to shoot! I appreciate it! I also love the treatment you use on your photos. I’m not sure what you do to them but it works!

    Have a great day!

    1. Teresa Boardman Post author

      You can’t go wrong with city parks they are great places for “people shots”. Some of the photos are tone mapped and others are HDRI. I have a lot of fun doing it.

  2. Sarah

    Beautiful pictures! I have a friend who just moved to St. Paul, I can not wait to share this post with her! I think we will be visiting a few of these parks on my visit! 🙂

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