The older of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul is also the quieter sibling. Where Minneapolis beats with the pulse of a modern, urban city, Saint Paul feels calmer, with well-established neighborhoods that are more hippy than hipster. Head west across the Mississippi River to enjoy vibrant nightlife in the middle of Minneapolis's modern skyscrapers, but stay in St. Paul for a historic feel, a location near the state capitol and a diverse array of ethnic neighborhoods.
St. Paul Apartments and Neighborhoods
The Saint Paul area is home to a huge range of apartment styles, from low-rise homes near Battle Creek Park to modern communities with pools and heated underground parking in Highland Park. Filled with apartments in stately brick buildings, St. Paul's historic downtown is experiencing a renaissance that's bringing new art galleries, restaurants and bars within walking distance of the Xcel Energy Center and the St. Paul Farmers Market.
Pet-Friendly St. Paul
With four off-leash dog parks in Saint Paul alone, Twin Cities pet owners have lots of options for a fun day with a four-legged buddy. Meeker Island Dog Park wins best in show for its secluded dog beach on the Mississippi River, though some judge that Maplewood's Battle Creek Dog Park deserves the top prize for its wooded trails and swimming pond.
Free Things to Do in Saint Paul
For free entertainment in Saint Paul, take your pick of a never-ending stream of festivals, stroll past beautiful Victorian architecture on Summit Avenue, tour a local brewery, or catch a spectacular view from the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul. Also free, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory wins rave reviews with locals and visitors alike.
Saint Paul's Best Activities for Families with Kids
Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area make entertaining kids easy with interactive museums like The Works, historic attractions like Fort Snelling, and beautiful parks that host summertime concerts and movie screenings. Check out our top picks for the best family-friendly activities in the Saint Paul area:
Saint Paul's Best Schools
St. Paul's charter schools routinely win accolades as some of Minnesota's most exceptional educational institutions. For the best public schools, search for an apartment in eastern suburbs like Woodbury and northern suburbs like White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi.
Getaways from Saint Paul
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it's easy to find a deserted stretch of sand in the summer months. The best beaches are north of the city at Long Lake Regional Park and east at Pemble's Access. You can also hop in the car for the two-hour drive to Duluth to enjoy fishing, boating and water-skiing on Lake Superior.