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21 restaurants available nearby – $$$ $ • Seafood • Saint Paul We enjoyed a lovely dinner the service and the service was outstanding. The atmosphere is welcoming. Wine selection is very nice. Will return. $$$$ • Steak • Little Canada My wife and I had a 4:30 reservation. There were only a couple other couples seated as we arrived. Our server was very friendly. She offered and brought our drinks promptly, as well as our appetizer. Our dirty martinis were just as filthy as we had ordered them! We ordered our meal and asked that they not rush our order, we were in no real hurry.

  • We both ordered porterhouse steaks, medium rare; she ordered mixed vegetables and I wanted the baked potato, along with a side of mushrooms to share.
  • Maybe 15 minutes passed and the steaks, etc.
  • Arrived.
  • The steaks were cooked to absolute perfection.
  • THIS is what a porterhouse should be.
  • Everything else was top notch, as well.

Our server was very attentive, but never hovered. Overall, simply the best steak out we can remember having. Would we go back? Absolutely. Would we recommend to friends and family? Without a doubt. Spectacular meal. $$ $$ • Italian • Roseville The seafood stack and pork medallions were amazing $$ $$ • American • Saint Paul It was wonderful and we had a very attentive waitress who did not rush us. $$ $$ • Global, International • Roseville Food was simple but delicious. $$ $$ • American • Roseville I went on Wednesday for the all you can eat pasta special and it was delicious! I highly recommend it for any pasta lovers. You can’t beat $12.99! $$ $$ • American • Roseville Two old friends came for happy hour. We had excellent service, first rate drinks from the bar, and excellent appetizers. We topped it off with the coconut cake, which was the best I’ve had in years. We were delighted, and we will be back soon. $$$ $ • American • Saint Paul Awesome service & food! And upstairs patio after dinner was a blast! Our server Philip was very helpful and attentive.

Are mask required at Como Zoo?

Are face coverings/masks required to be worn by visitors? – As of February 25, 2022 per guidance from the State of Minnesota, masks are no longer required at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. We encourage everyone to continue taking precautions for personal comfort and safety.

Does Como Zoo allow outside food?

Food & Beverages Please no food or beverages in any Zoo or Conservatory buildings.

How much does it cost to get into Como Zoo?

Admission to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is always free, but donations are appreciated. The suggested donation is $4 for adults, and $2 for children.

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What does Como Zoo have?

About – Como Park Zoo & Conservatory will overwhelm your senses with unique experiences. The zoo’s exhibits of exotic animals include gorillas, giraffe, polar bears, sea lions, tigers, and orangutans just to name a few. Tropical Encounters exhibit will immerse you in the sights, sounds, and smells of a South American rainforest.

The stunning conservatory gardens include seasonal flower shows, tropical gardens, orchids, ferns, bonsai and a world renowned Japanese Garden. Como offers unique classes and programs for all ages, and is an award winning wedding venue. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days; 10am-6pm from April 1-September 30 and 10am-4pm from October 1-March 31.

Admission to both the Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is always free and a voluntary donation is appreciated. For additional information, go to or call 651-487-8201.

What zoo is better Minnesota or Como?

The Twin Cities are home to two zoos: The Como Park Zoo in Saint Paul, and the Minnesota Zoo, just south of Minneapolis in Apple Valley. We take a look at the two zoos in a zoo-off to determine where you should spend your time if you find yourself up in Minnesota. Restaurants Near Como Zoo Sparky Show at Como Park Zoo Shows : Como Park Zoo has the Sparky Show, where they showcase their sea lion through a series of dives and movements. This show is closed for 2019 while they rebuild Como Harbor. The Minnesota Zoo offers a World of Birds Show, a seal training program, and (during the summer) a cow milking demonstration. Advantage : Como Park Zoo Restaurants Near Como Zoo Minnesota Zoo Tropics Trail Indoor Exhibits : The Como Park Zoo has a primate house located inside, an indoor viewing area for the polar bear, and an aquatic animal building near the Sparky Show. The Minnesota Zoo has two large indoor exhibits. These are the Tropics Trail and Minnesota Trail. Restaurants Near Como Zoo Como Park Zoo Butterfly Release Animal Interactions : The Como Park Zoo has a butterfly house (open in the summer) where you can release butterflies if you are one of the first ones there.

Can you go to Como Zoo without a reservation?

Reservations are required to enjoy the beautiful gardens and amazing animals! – Admission to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is always free, but donations are appreciated. The suggested donation is $4 for adults, and $2 for children. Reservations are required,

Can you bring food and drinks into Como Zoo?

Bringing and Buying Food at Como Zoo – You can bring a picnic or other food to Como Zoo. There are picnic benches and grassy spaces around the zoo and nearby in the larger park. You can also purchase food from their vendors, However, they do not want you bringing food and beverages into the zoo buildings.

Can you have a picnic at Como Zoo?

Como Zoo Picnic Plaza – Located within the Como Zoo grounds at 1225 Estabrook Drive. Como Zoo is home to over 125 species of animals. Host your next picnic at Como Zoo Picnic Pavilion and your guests will enjoy a deliciously catered meal in Como’s private picnic shelter.

Can you feed giraffes at Como Zoo?

Get closer than ever to the gentle giants of Como Zoo! The Feeding Station features a gated feeding area where visitors can purchase a leaf of romaine lettuce browse for $5 to feed the giraffe. There is also a separate, non-gated deck for viewing and photography.

What time is the Sparky show at Como Zoo?

Beginning May 7, the SPIRE Sparky Show will run daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the new KSTP Amphitheater at Como Harbor. – After diving into her new home at Como Harbor, Sparky the sea lion is getting ready after a four year break to make her big debut on May 7.

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Como Friends and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory are happy to announce a new partnership with SPIRE Credit Union, as the title sponsor of the SPIRE Sparky Show! “I, along with many Minnesotans, have wonderful memories visiting Como Park Zoo & Conservatory as a youngster and now take my grandchildren there,” says Dan Stoltz, president/CEO of SPIRE, the new presenting sponsor of the Sparky show, which got its start back in 1956.

“I know people of all ages enjoy this regional treasure and will for many years to come. In SPIRE’s mission to improve lives and give back, we are grateful to partner with this wonderful organization.”. For more than 65 years, “Sparky the Sea Lion” has been a beloved Minnesota tradition, teaching generations of children to care about seals and sea lions in the wild. Restaurants Near Como Zoo

Does the Como Zoo have elephants?

Nine of the 10 most popular zoo species are found at Como ( only elephants are missing ) and if you have kids, or ever were a kid, you know that Como is a family tradition for thousands of Minnesotans.

Does Como Zoo sell beer?

In addition to unique restaurant offerings and full pours of wine and beer —here are some of the great new changes!

Does the Como Zoo Have Lions?

The two young lions are relatively recent arrivals to Como’s large cat building. Mumford, who was born in 2016 at Colorado’s Pueblo Zoo arrived at Como in May 2019, and quickly endeared himself to visitors with his rock-star mane, ground-shaking roar and playful nature.

Does Como Zoo have a splash pad?

Hodge Park Park & Splash Zone – Hodge Podge Park is a jungle gym park inside of Como Town. Entry costs 10 points ($5.00) for a day pass and includes Como Town’s amped up version of a splash pad, Splash Zone, Bring swimsuits and towels for this attraction. Parents and chaperones (aged 14 and up) are free. Splash Zone

Does the Como Zoo have gorillas?

Restaurants Near Como Zoo (Saint Paul, MN) Como Zoo is thrilled to announce the addition of a baby western lowland gorilla to its troop. The baby female gorilla was born behind the scenes in the early hours of Wednesday, October 18, 2017, inside the Gorilla Forest exhibit dayroom to mother Alice.

At approximately four pounds at birth, the baby gorilla appears healthy, strong, and is bonding with Alice. This is the second birth for Alice and the third gorilla birth in Como’s 56 year history of caring for gorillas. The pregnancy is the second for 15-year-old Alice. In 2014, despite great efforts, Alice’s infant died just days old.

“First-time gorilla mothers are more likely to experience challenges related to birth and child-rearing” said John Dee, curator at Como Zoo. “With this birth, everything is tracking as it should. Alice has shown herself to be very attentive, very nurturing, and very protective of her new baby, just as we hoped she would”.

The baby’s father, Schroeder, a 31-year-old silverback western lowland gorilla, has been at Como Zoo since 1991. Schroeder’s troop includes females Nne (29 and pronounced E-Nee), Dara (14), Dara and Schroeder’s baby Arlene (2), Alice (15), and Alice’s yet unnamed female baby. Alice and Dara both came to Como Zoo as part of the AZA Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP).

The Gorilla SSP serves 52 zoos across the United States to help guide the management of the gorilla population. Gorilla Forest at Como Zoo is now home to nine gorillas: The six-member family troop and three-member bachelor troop—Jabir, Samson, and Virgil (all 18 years-old).

  1. Gorillas have an eight-and-a-half-month gestation period.
  2. Offspring are born nearly helpless except to cling to their mother’s hair and to nurse.
  3. Young gorillas stay with their mothers for several years after birth.
  4. At birth, baby gorillas weigh between 4 and 5 pounds.
  5. Gorilla mothers are very protective of their babies.
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A gorilla mother will carry the baby on her chest for the first three months. At about 6-months-old the baby will move to ride on the mother’s back and begin playing and moving around on the ground close to mother. “Gorillas are very family oriented,” said Jo Kelly, Senior Zookeeper.

“Mom will let other family members see the baby and they will take their cues from mom as to how close they can be.” When the baby is older and able to move around on its own, other family members, including dad, will play with the baby. The family troop will remain off exhibit allowing Alice and baby to bond.

With this recent addition, Como Zoo continues its involvement in the Gorilla SSP. One of the SSP’s most important roles is to manage gorillas as a population to ensure that the population remains healthy, genetically-diverse and self-sustaining. Native to the lowland forests of Central and Western Africa, western lowland gorillas are critically endangered.

Is Como Zoo open Covid?

Reservations Are Required – Click to reserve your spot.

Do you have to wear a mask at the Minnesota Zoo?

We can’t wait to see you at the Zoo! As of February 25, per guidance from the State of Minnesota, face coverings are optional. We encourage everyone to continue taking precautions for personal comfort and safety.

Can you feed the giraffes at Como Zoo?

Get closer than ever to the gentle giants of Como Zoo! The Feeding Station features a gated feeding area where visitors can purchase a leaf of romaine lettuce browse for $5 to feed the giraffe. There is also a separate, non-gated deck for viewing and photography.

Does Como Zoo serve alcohol?

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. VIP Experience starts at 6:00 p.m. Bouquets tickets go on sale November 21 Buy in 2019 for the best prices to 2020’s most spirited event Mark your calendar for November 21, when online tickets to Bouquets, Como Friends’ wine, beer and food fundraiser, go on sale.

  • Buy yours before December 31 to enjoy the 2019 rates of $65 per ticket, with a $5 discount for Como Friends members,
  • In 2020, individual ticket prices will increase to $75 to help benefit the plants and animals you love at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
  • VIP Experience Looking for something more exclusive? Limited tickets to the VIP Experience are available for $125 per person,

Enjoy full beer and wine pours and select restaurant options while learning about Como’s plants, animals and programs from zookeepers, horticulturalists and educators! The VIP Experience is from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and then you are invited to enjoy the rest of Bouquets.

Moving the location to the second floor of the Visitor Center, with more room to roam, vistas of the stunning Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and overlooks into Tropical Encounters Adding more up-close opportunities to learn about Como’s animals, plants and programs from our animal ambassadors, zookeepers, gardeners and educators Opening the Como Beer Garden in style with a special celebration just for the VIP Experience Shortening the time to an hour (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) so there is more time to explore all of Bouquets

Event details coming soon!