Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Saint Paul Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Small zoo, but still good... and FREE! Sep 24, 2015
Located in the same name as the park that it is in, the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is a zoo and greenhouse in St. Paul.

Getting there by public transportation, take the Green Line to the Lexington Pkwy stop. Then Bus #83 northbound, getting off at a stop on Como Ave. Then walk through the park to get to the zoo.

The zoo entrance is through the Conservatory building, which is also the visitor center building. Admission is free, though there is a $2 suggested donation.

This zoo is small, and can be seen in about an hour. But still worth checking out, as I thought the Large Cats building and the underwater view of the polar bears swimming in Polar Bear Odyssey, were definite highlights. The Primates building is worth a look as well, with its Gorilla Forest, where the lowland gorillas live.

One of the parts that I did not really care for, was Tropical Encounters in the Conservatory. This is a small walkthrough, which has a few animals. The Conservatory part was okay, worth checking out for those who like seeing plants. Another part was the Aquatic Animal Building, with its small aquarium and a very small enclosure for the seals. Nothing really special about this.

There is a small amusement park nearby, that may be worth checking out, for those who has kids. Not sure if there is separate admission for that.

Considering the zoo’s size, the collection is decent, and the enclosures seem to be good for most of the animals. And admission to see the animals, is free! So those on a very tight budget, should definitely check this place out. I would give this zoo 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
conservatory building
Primates building
black-handed spider monkeys
Sumatran orangutans
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