I have lived in Mpls/St. Paul most of of my life and have been to Como Park many times. I moved away for awhile after I married but recently moved back again just to be near my hometown city! You really must explore ALL of Como Park! It has a lake where you can paddle your way around it and when you're done you can go up to the little ice cream shop for a cone while listening to the marching band. \r
Next, walk on over to the beautiful conservatory where you MUST check out each wing or you'll miss the coy fish pond, the amazing flower display that changes with the holidays and seasons, the bonzai tree room, the sloth that's usually sleeping atop one of the trees, the Fern room, and more! Make sure you stop and visit the souvenir shop on the way through too. Oh! Make sure you don't miss the beautiful Japanese garden out back either! \r
Next, wander on over past the flamingo pond to watch the sit-down seal show, and then you can feed and watch sealion show afterward right nearby. Then, grab a snowcone before strolling over to check out the giraffe, lion, and other outdoor exhibits. My favorite is finding and watching the baby giraffe as it stretches it's neck up the wall that has the measuring chart painted on it!\r
It just never ends! Picnics, kiddie rides, food stands, helpful staff and more! Nearly everything is FREE at Como Park. \r
So, if you only have a little pocket change and can't afford much, this is the place for you. BUT, if you are one of those who have been blessed and can afford things, then this is the place where you will want to donate while you share in it's wonder!
Pros: Amazingly large place where there is something for everyone!
Cons: The indoor monkey exhibits during the winter.