Our most recommended things to do in St Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul: Mansions of Mystery Twin Cities Ghost Walking Tour

St. Paul: Mansions of Mystery Twin Cities Ghost Walking Tour

Take a tour with a dark twist as you embark on a ghost-hunting adventure on Summit Avenue, one of America’s greatest streets. Follow your guide and learn about the famous residents of Saint Paul – including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis - and their misfortunes. Start your adventure at Forepaugh's towering red mansion, where former resident Joseph and his mistress are trapped for all eternity. Learn about what happened in the house and look out for the ghosts in their favorite haunting spots.  Carry on down the Avenue and hear the sinister stories behind their elaborate turrets and gables of the other Victorian mansions and investigate the mystery of Sinclair Lewis’ lost manuscript at the William Butler House. Conclude your adventure at the former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and search the roof for an eery green light.

St. Paul: Historical Walking Tour with Local Guide

St. Paul: Historical Walking Tour with Local Guide

Get acquainted with the city of St. Paul during a 3-hour adventure through the city streets. Learn the city's history with your local guide who will also introduce you to some of the city's most popular sites and landmarks. Start your tour atop one of the 7 hills of St. Paul. Head over to the Capitol before weaving back toward the high-rises of downtown. Follow your expert guide as you explore the rags and riches of this incredible city — from the wealth Summit Hill neighborhood, to the secret caves that stored illegal booze-making facilities. Learn that there’s a lot more to this city than meets the eye. Allow your guide to enchant you with stories of old St. Paul and gain insight into the history of this city. Enjoy a relaxing stop for coffee at a popular local establishment and finish with a beer.

St. Paul: Drinking History Walking Tour

St. Paul: Drinking History Walking Tour

Discover the history of St.Paul on a guided walking tour and visit 4 favorite watering holes. city’s history as you do so. One of the best ways to discover a city is through its bars, and you’ll do just that as you walk (or stumble) your way through St. Paul’s story. Meet your guide downtown and start your journey through the somewhat sordid history of St.Paul. Hear stories like that of bootlegger “Pig's Eye Parrant”, who served off-duty soldiers from Fort Snelling, imbibing has been a part of this city’s culture. Discover the bars of St Paul which are often multi-generational, counting its age not in years but decades. St. Paul has a reputation of being a sleepy city, but what it lacks in hip, cosmopolitan glory it makes up for with “Cheers”-style bars, where everybody knows your name. Learn about the history of crime in the city, and how a corrupt chief of police allowed criminals from Chicago to make their home in the city, for a price. Hear stories of famed gangsters like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Roger "the Terrible" Touhy, Machine Gun Kelly, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, and the Barker gang. You can also choose to add 4 drinks to your experience, one in each bar visited.

Minneapolis & St. Paul: Private Highlights Riding Tour

Minneapolis & St. Paul: Private Highlights Riding Tour

During this private, 3-hour adventure, you'll see the noted features of Minneapolis & St. Paul, marvel at famous attractions, plus discover local sites off the beaten path. You'll learn about the area's history, both past and more recent, and hear what it's like to live today in this flourishing metropolis. From spots of quiet, natural beauty to humming hotspots, you'll experience a wide range of venues of surprising types and diversity. This highlights tour is a fun way to quickly get an overall snapshot of the cities in an informative, entertaining, and "at-a-glance" way. Many guests use this tour to become oriented so they can return later on their own to deeply explore their favorite locales. You'll see the Mississippi River, the Minnesota State Capitol building, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the beautiful Victorian homes along St. Paul's famed Summit Avenue. In addition to viewing downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, you'll admire the Cathedral of St. Paul, historic Ft. Snelling and professional sports arenas. Plus, there will be stops at Minnehaha Falls and the Guthrie Theater in the historic Mill District, the birthplace of Minneapolis. You'll meet your private guide - Douglas Kline - at the hotel or location you prefer, and will be transported in a premium-class, black Lincoln Continental "town car" sedan, luxury Cadillac SUV or executive-style van (based on group size) that is chauffeured by his professional driver who is licensed and uniformed. In town for a limited time? Have an available half-day that is part of your planned visit? This professionally guided private riding tour is for you. Your private guide, Douglas Kline, is a professional, independent guide who has lead hundreds of memorable and inspiring tours in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Stillwater, Minnesota for many years. He is an outgoing communicator and born storyteller who has engaged all types of guests - singles, couples, families, groups of friends, relocating executives, corporate professionals, international and domestic students and more. "Recommended for anyone! We learned so much and really felt like we got to know the city." Holly K., California USA "Our whole family, 3 generations ranging from 9-70 years, had an amazing time! Bravo!!" Jen G., Minneapolis, USA "Absolutely wonderful. A++ and 5 stars. Doug was exceptional. Extremely knowledgeable about all things Minneapolis/St. Paul/Minnesota." Genevieve R., Maryland USA "This is the only way to see Minnesota's top two cities!" Victoria D., California USA "We did not expect to learn so much...in such a short time." Michael L., California USA "He was…excellent at engaging our younger members and keeping them involved." Brian G., Minnesota USA "Doug went above and beyond...with recommendations of other places to visit and great restaurants to try." Ann R., Indiana USA "He took us to great out-of-the-way places we would never have seen." Karale F., California USA

St Paul Minnesota: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

St Paul Minnesota: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn St. Paul into a giant game board? Take part in an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a two and a half-hour sightseeing tour of St. Paul, Minnesota. Guided from your smart phone, you and your group can make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your St. Paul amazing scavenger hunt adventure will begin at the foot of the Minnesota capitol building and will take you on a journey through the city's history and war memorials to learn about its famous people and civic movements. Your Quest will explore the Capitol grounds as well as taking you to the city's famous Cathedral. You'll be solving challenges and having fun as you experience the capitol grounds and the Cathedral in a whole new way. The tour requires approximately 1-mile of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a bite to eat or wander through the War Memorials. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget.

St. Paul: Private Walking Tour Summit Ave Victorian Homes

St. Paul: Private Walking Tour Summit Ave Victorian Homes

For 2 hours during a private, guided tour, you and your group will walk along charming and historic Summit Ave. in St. Paul, Minnesota, past stately homes built during the Victorian era that are nearly perfectly preserved today. You'll hear stories about the famous or infamous barons who built these homes and how their houses have survived 120 or more years of change. You'll also wind through a former back alley now transformed into a hidden city street that features modern residences in historic structures. Residential architecture buffs will spot nearly every type of home style popular during the Victorian era - Queen Anne, Italianate, Georgian Revival, Neo-classical, Romanesque, Beaux Arts, Tudor and more. You’ll meet your guide - Douglas Kline - in front of the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul for a brief orientation, then stroll from there. You will: - Amble the wide sidewalk while seeing the magnificent mansions along a leafy boulevard, while hearing about the homes’ checkered histories and the colorful owners who built them - Gaze at breathtaking views from Overlook Park - Hear the interesting history behind Cochran Park - Discover several locales that have been homes to notable celebrities, including famous authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Garrison Keillor - Meander a former, lowly alleyway with "behind-the-scenes" views of homes both vintage and modern The 2-hour outdoor walking loop will end back at the tour starting point, a total distance of about 1 mile. Love grand, old homes that are pristinely preserved as active residences for today? Enjoy meandering outdoor sidewalks among mature trees, parks, fine landscapes and beautiful buildings? This tour is for you. IMPORTANT: Restrooms are not available before or during the tour. Tour does not include home interiors. SUGGESTED OPTION: To complete your Summit Ave. experience, consider adding a 1-hour guided interior tour of the historic James J. Hill house before or after your private outdoor walking tour. Public house tours are operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. Entry times and admission prices vary. Inquire with the Hill House for details and to purchase advance tickets. (This tour experience is not operated by or affiliated with your private guide.) Your private guide, Douglas Kline, is a professional, independent guide who has lead hundreds of memorable and inspiring tours in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Stillwater, Minnesota for many years. He is an outgoing communicator and born storyteller who has engaged all types of guests - singles, couples, families, groups of friends, relocating executives, corporate professionals, international and domestic students and more. "Recommended for anyone! We learned so much." Holly K., California USA "Our whole family, 3 generations from 9-70 years, had an amazing time! Bravo!!" Jen G., Minneapolis, USA "Absolutely wonderful. A++ and 5 stars. Doug was exceptional. Extremely knowledgeable...." Genevieve R., Maryland USA

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My tour with Dan was exceptional and enlightening. He was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating to my limitations after hip surgery. The pace was just right with time for historical questions and reflection. Look forward to another tour with Dan when I return to St. Paul in the fall

Kevin was our guide and he did a terrific job. We learned a lot of interesting history and really enjoyed ourselves.

It was a great tour. Dan is VERY knowledgeable and also tailored the tour to my interests. I recommend this tour.

Dan was easy to listen to and he provided interesting facts. I learned a lot about St Paul.

Tour guide was great, learned tons of new & interesting information