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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

St Paul Minnesota: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

4. 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.

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Great tour of St Paul! Good mix of local culture and state history - really enjoyed coffee shop and capitol area. Guide was very knowledgeable about buildings and history and was able to include our interests along the way too. Looking forward to a similar tour of Minneapolis in the future!

There was some initial confusion with my reservation, however the team were so flexible. Really enjoyed the tour I went on, tour guide really knowledgeable and happily shared a lot of information about the city. Definitely would recommend it as a way to see the city.