InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
Minnesota’s capitol city has a unique Mississippi River Valley setting, distinctive neighborhood districts, and a vibrant downtown featuring lovely parks, memorable dining establishments and an abundance of outstanding architecture. The best mornings in Saint Paul begin with a hearty breakfast at any of the amazing downtown restaurants and diners, followed by a stroll through a nearby park: Mears Park, Harriet Island, Irvine Park, Raspberry Island, or newly updated Rice Park. The seasonal changes allow for year-round scenic adventures along the river. Take a tour of our Saintly City and see all that it has to offer. In the summer months, Padelford Riverboats travel the mighty Mississippi, where you can spot eagles, egrets, herons and falcons while cruising from the bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. Back on dry land, Wabasha Street Caves offers a two-hour Gangster Bus Tour to explore the sites of infamous hideouts and gun battles associated with the 1930’s gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson.
You won’t find a more diverse and beautiful shopping destination than Grand Avenue. Grand Avenue shops boast a wide range of styles that are all individually unique. And, of course, the Mall of America is not far away. With over 520 stores, there's something for everyone at MOA®. From fashion and food to tech and toys, they have what you’re looking for — and then some. Winter’s bluster demands layering clothing to shield from the cold, but outside we go to ice skate at CHS Field in Lowertown before deciphering posted clues and hunting for the St. Paul Winter Carnival medallion – hidden in one of Saint Paul’s beautiful parks. The James J. Hill House was built by railroad magnate James J. Hill. The house, for its time, was very large and was the "showcase of Saint Paul" until James J. Hill's death in 1916. It is now listed as a U.S. National Historic Landmark, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and is open to the public for tours.
The Minnesota State Capitol and Saint Paul Cathedral just glitter at night and can be blissfully experienced from the rooftop patios of Louis, with upscale Italian dining, or The Liffey, a spirited Irish pub. After dinner, walk to the Ordway Center to enjoy a great performance or to the Amsterdam for live music. The evening is not complete without some fun, easy exercise at Rival House Sporting Parlour where you can compete in a game of shuffleboard, ping pong, or Skee-ball while sipping on your favorite craft beer. “Fun is Good” at CHS Field in Lowertown. The Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club has provided family entertainment to the Twin Cities since 1993. Known for their outlandish promotions, the Saints are the only team in baseball with a live pig as its mascot. Each year there is a contest to name the new ball big. Past names have included Stephen Colboar, Mackleboar, Justin Bieboar, Brat Farve, Hammy Davis, Jr., Garrison Squeallor and Boarack Ohama. The Saints also have an 80-year old nun who gives massages in the stands.
Did you know...
1930’s Saint Paul History With the advent of the Prohibition Amendment, speakeasy clubs and gangster hideouts became common throughout Minnesota. Saint Paul became a center of operation and a haven for such notorious gangsters as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, and the Barker gang, whose activities extended to robbing banks, holding up mail trucks and trains, and kidnapping and holding hostages for ransom. Saint Paul Hilton The InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront first opened as the Saint Paul Hilton in 1966. Underground caves (one with 1852 carved in the wall) honeycombed the area on which the hotel stands, some used for wine cellars. When excavation for the hotel started, some of the wine racks were found. Minnesota's Capital City Saint Paul was originally known as Pig's Eye after Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant and was named the capital of the Minnesota Territory in 1849. The Minnesota State Capitol building, located 1 mile from the hotel, was designed by world-renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1905 and features the second largest self-supporting marble dome in the world. Guided tours are available year-round.