Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Park

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Sure, we have park systems that are the envy of the nation: Our neighborhoods are dotted with the green oases, and all of them are worth a visit, especially whichever one is closest to your home. But there's really no competition when it comes to the greatest of them all, because the Twin Cities' hottest park is Como. It. Has. Everything. A zoo. An amusement park with rides. Multiple concert series, indoors and out. Picnic grounds and ball fields. A golf course. A mini golf course. A lake. As of 2012, a brand-new pool facility with a lazy river, zip line, and splash pool. A beautiful old carousel. A quiet Japanese garden for when you want to get away from all that. And that's just the fair-weather stuff. In winter the park plays host to cross-country skiers and snowshoers, holding events that help get beginners going. Best of all in the cruelest season, there's the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, where you can view a gorgeous array of flowers and plants while basking in some much-needed heat and humidity. Throughout the year there are classes, camps, and community and cultural events to attend. The exhibits are often changing, so Como should have something to please everyone, even those forever in search of the new.

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