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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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After all the rain and mucky weather in Minnesota the sun is starting to show up finally. A great place to visit if you are in the Twin Cities area is Como Park Zoo and Conservatory! Its free!

There are many friendly animals at the zoo. Visit the animals and become a zoologist for a day! Observe how and what they eat, how and where they sleep, and their daily living at the zoo. Again,the animals are super friendly. Animals you will find at the zoo are flamingo, giraffe, gorilla, lion, ostrich, penguin, polar bear, seahorse, seal, spider monkey, sloth, tiger, wolf, zebra, and many many more!

DSC_1281DSC_1321Shots of flowers that was captured on our visit there Tuesday

Looking for family fun? Take your children to Como Town. It is a little amusement park next to the zoo. There are many rides there for children to enjoy, great food at the concession stands, and a Como Town general store.
Visit this link for tickets and passes to Como Town Amusement Park.
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/family-fun/como-town/#/tickets-passes
Visit this link for list and description of rides at the park.
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/family-fun/como-town/#/rides
Visit this link for the Como Town Hours
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/family-fun/como-town/#/info

Don’t forget to visit the Cafesjian’s Carousel, tickets are $2 per person.
Visit this link for hours and tickets.
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/family-fun/carousel/#/hourstickets

One of the area parents and children enjoy together is the different variety of gardens!
The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/gardens/japanesegarden/#/info
Sunken Garden
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/gardens/sunken-gardens/#/info
The Collection of Bonsai
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/gardens/bonsai-gallery/#/info
and Many Many more garden

We visit the zoo quite often and we enjoy it every time we visit. The flowers and plant in the garden always seem to amaze us. There are different flowers constantly and every times we go there it is always something new. The animals are adorable, we especially enjoy observing the primates! We also stop by Como Town to enjoy foot long hot dogs and corn dogs, cotton candy, and snow cones.

Visit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and I hope you enjoy the Zoo and Park!

Below is a video of our day at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Enjoy!

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is part of the Washington County parks it is about 11 miles East of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The park is a great place to spend time with your family with many fun things to do. Popular for picnicking and enjoying a great day at the beach to just chill out on a hot summer day and enjoy a cold slice of watermelon. Go for a run or walk surrounded by a beautiful landscape or even bike. Want to go fishing with the little ones, great! The fishing pier is a great place to enjoy the waves as the boats go by, watch the sunset, or fishing. Multiple playgrounds are present at the park for children to enjoy. Camp for a night or two at the park and enjoy nature.

When visiting the park you will need to purchase a Washington County day pass or annual permit to get inside the park, so make sure to stop in the office. Daily pass cost about $5 and an annual pass cost about $25. These permits will get you to any Washington County Parks. Click the link to get a list of the Washington County Parks.
http://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=498
You may also visit Lake Elmo Park Reserve or any Washington County Parks on the first Tuesday of each month for free without a vehicle permit.

Below is a video of our day in the summer of 2013 enjoying a beautiful sunny day at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

We visit the park very often, and the children love it. We like to explore and enjoy walking around the park. The children enjoy playing at the playground while we get lunch or dinner ready! If you are in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis area in Minnesota check out Lake Elmo Park Reserve! Hopefully you will enjoy your stay at the park like we do!

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