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Out and About: Como Zoo & Conservatory

Como Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103


Monday it was beautiful out and we decided that we would take a trip to our local zoo which is about 10 minutes away from our current apartment.  I have always loved the Como Zoo as it was the zoo that we always went to when I was growing up.  The nice thing about Como is that it is super close to the cities and it is “free” though they and I highly recommend that you make a donation when you visit.

There is a lot of construction going on currently but they are doing a good job at keeping the construction out of the view of the visitors and it doesn’t get in the way of you exploring the zoo grounds.  We did learn when we went on a weekday in the middle of the day that Como Town is closed.  I am not sure if it is closed for the season or if it is still open on the weekends.  This was the perfect time to come to the zoo because it wasn’t very busy, there were a lot of families with children but it was easy to see every exhibit without having to wait forever for people to get out of your way.

We had a great time walking around the zoo and seeing all the animals.  It is sort of like a ghost town when you walk around there during the week after Labor Day.  There was only one snack stand open that we came across along with the Cafe in the main building.  We didn’t get anything because we didn’t want to pay high prices for food that isn’t that great.  So we walked around and saw all the exhibits and went into the conservatory for a little bit before heading out for the day.

The zoo also offers lots of chances to learn new about the animals that they have on exhibit.  I learned that a Gorilla’s arm span can reach up to 7 feet so of course I had to take on the challenge and see how my arm span measured up next to the mighty King of the Jungle.

Almost exactly the same!

Almost there…

Como Zoo is definitely taking time to upgrade and offer more to the people that are coming to visit.  There are new viewing huts, places to feed the Giraffes, an awesome new Polar Bear exhibit and also a redone Gorilla area where you are able to view them from many different angles.  This visit was great fun on a beautiful day and I can’t wait to go back and visit some more.  I am excited to see what next summer will bring with some of the new construction they are working on.

Overall Experience: 4/5

The experience was a great time and what more can you ask for when you only pay a few dollars to see it.  There was some closed exhibits for maintenance which isn’t really a big deal but I wasn’t able to see the gorillas which is one of my favorite animals to see.  It was nice to see all the animals out in the open air because the hoofed animal building can get pretty stinky when they are all kept inside.

It wasn’t super busy which was nice because we didn’t have to fight the crowds to be able to see the exhibits but being it was after Labor Day a lot of the zoo has shut down and it would have been fun to get to see Sparky the Seal perform.  I would have liked to explore more of the gardens in the conservatory but Dan was ready to get going because his phone was about to die.

Pokemon Experience: 4 out of 5 Pokeballs

If you are looking for lots of Pokestops and lots of base Pokemon then this is your place.  There weren’t any new and exciting Pokemon but I was able to catch a bunch of the base Pokemon to help get some more candies and also lots of stardust and XP.  You have to go into the conservatory because that is where a lot of them were located, I couldn’t go a few feet without a bunch of Pokemon popping up on the screen.  There is also lots of room to walk around so make sure to have your app open so you can start hatching those eggs.


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