Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

During our recent trip to Minnesota we were pleasantly surprised when we made a last-minute decision to visit Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul.  The conservatory was our main focus but when we realized that the zoo was right next door, we thought, “why not.” The fact that there was no admission fee for either place made a visit there even more enticing.

Besides the splendid plant collections inside the conservatory, there was a beautiful Japanese Garden and a spectacular show of water lilies outside the Visitor Center.

Although the zoo may not be as large as some, it had an amazing collection of animals in natural enclosures that allowed for some nice close-up photography opportunities.




Both the zoo and conservatory are operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department and are open year-round.

I can highly recommend a visit to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. It’s a great place for family fun as it also includes a small amusement park and carousel.

18 thoughts on “Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

    • Thank you for visiting, Alice! Animals and plants have always been my favorite subjects to photograph. It’s really what I started out doing and the whole photography hobby just grew and expanded into different areas after that.

  1. I love conservatories! They have such a nostalgic Victorian-era feel and appearance. This one is beautiful. And no admission fee for either place- what a bonus 🙂

    • It’s so rare these days to find anything like this that doesn’t involve some kind of entry fee. We’re certainly not used to it in Chicago where taking a family of four to any of the museums etc. practically means taking out a second mortgage. For so many reasons this was a great place to visit.

  2. An amazing conservatory with an unexpected and unusual planted interior and a perfect Japanese Garden…all captured with your wonderful photos. The stars though are the animal photos they all had a big oooh! from me- really fantastic.

    • Thank you, Marianne! Zoo animals are never the easiest things to photograph what with all the bars and fences etc but it turned out to be a fairly easy task at the Como Zoo and, I have to say, the animals were very cooperative.

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