Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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  • The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is free. A suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for children is appreciated to help care for the plants and animals.


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  • Summer hours (April 1 - Sept. 30) are 10 am - 6 pm. Winter hours (October 1 - March 31) are 10 am - 4 pm.

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  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Blooming Butterflies

    1225 Estabrook Dr
    St Paul, MN 55103
    Call: (651) 487-8201

    The fan-favorite exhibit 'Blooming Butterflies' will be returning June 15!
    Up to 400 butterflies will be released each week. Every day at noon guests are invited to pay $1 to release their own personal butterfly into the exhibit.

    Blooming Butterflies offers visitors a total immersion experience for the young and old. The 2,500 square foot greenhouse features a thriving butterfly habitat, that over the course of the summer will become home to over 100 species of butterflies from around the world.

    As many as 6,400 butterfly pupae (chrysalis) will be sent to Como throughout the summer. The chrysalis is unpacked, inspected for any sign of disease or parasitoids, then pinned to foam boards and placed into the emergence chamber. They emerge anywhere from two days to several weeks and then are placed inside the exhibit.

    Blooming Butterflies introduces visitors to the wonders of metamorphosis. This seasonal exhibit showcases countless beautifully colored butterflies sipping nectar and taking flight, offering guests the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the life cycle of the creatures and their importance to the ecosystem. Inside the exhibit you can chat with volunteers and ask questions, or simply relax and enjoy the garden while butterflies flit and fly about.

    While a few of the butterflies exhibited in Blooming Butterflies are found in Minnesota, the bulk of them are not native. Como holds special permits to exhibit these non-native butterflies. Most of the butterfly species featured at Como are short-lived with an average life span of two to four weeks.

    Visitors are encouraged to show off pictures of their visit on social media using the #BloomingButterflies

  2. Groovin' In The Garden

    1225 Estabrook Dr
    St Paul, MN 55103
    Call: (651) 487-8201

    Voted by City Pages as the “Best Place to See a Concert with Kids”, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s free concert series, “Groovin’ In The Garden”, returns featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians & activities for the whole family, rain or shine!*

    While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack a picnic and dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities in front of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory every Wednesday, June 6 – August 1 (no concert July 4) from 6pm–8pm. Food, ice cream treats, beer and wine will be available to purchase.

    *If it rains, we’ll move inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and have Music Under Glass!

    2018 Line-up:

    Groovin’ In The Garden with Innocent Reggae Band

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    With a vocal delivery reminiscent of Bob Marley, Innocent’s live performance is captivating. He engages the audience immediately and holds them rapt throughout the show. Innocent presents roots reggae on the highest level.

    Groovin’ In The Garden with FLOWTUS

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    FLOWTUS, is a Twin Cities based band consisting of Angie Lynch, Katya Weinstine, Janani Logendran, and Melissa Tangye. They draw their influences from a plethera of genres that range from blues, country, punk, and folk.

    Groovin’ In The Garden with Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    A sound heavily rooted in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, swing, and surf. Rock solid original lyrics, a dedicated fan base, and his 21st century twist on the American roots is pushing him to the top of the crowded Minneapolis music scene in a hurry. It’s becoming clear to many that Crankshaft is “one of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues acts playing around town these days.” – Cities 97

    Groovin’ In The Garden with The April Fools

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    A killer combo comprised of Twin Cities music scene veterans who blend rock, country, pop into a cohesive and timeless groove. American Rock and Roll.

    Groovin’ In The Garden with Soul Beautiful

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    R&B collective performing positive, upbeat soul with funky jams.

    Groovin’ In The Garden with Paddy Wagon

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Paddy Wagon is 5 local guys with 18 years of experience in the Twin Cities music scene playing music with a twang. A delightful cacophony of guitars, drums, harmonica and horn will fill the air with a good time groove and a few laughs.

    Paddy Wagon

    Groovin’ In The Gardens with Flamin’ Oh’s

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Led by frontman Robert Wilkinson, Flamin’ Oh’s burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in 1980 and thrilled music (and early MTV video fans) with Billboard charting hits, including “I Remember Romance.” Not content to rest on their early success, Flamin’ Oh’s continue to record and deliver high energy live performances to great acclaim. The Star Tribune praises their work as “Hard edged Stones-like rock’n’roll. East Coast street anthems coupled with Midwestern optimism and enthusiasm.”

    Groovin’ In The Gardens with Alex Rossi Trio

    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Hailing from Minneapolis, Alex Rossi is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter who has been performing professionally for over 15 years. With strong roots in blues, soul and funk, Rossi has created his own unique and recognizable sound from his diverse musical background. His performances brings crowds to the dance floor.

    This program was funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.


  3. Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

    Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

    1225 Estabrook Dr
    St Paul, MN 55103
    Call: (651) 487-8201

    Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a massive, colorful, traveling art exhibit will debut at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory on June 23nd. The Washed Ashore exhibit features giant sea life sculptures made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the plastic pollution found in our oceans and waterways. The artwork will be combined with scientifically based educational signage to teach visitors about ocean stewardship, responsible consumer habits and how every action counts to help save our seas.

    Como will be home to several pieces, including "Hugo", a nine-foot-tall whale tail, and "Priscilla", a sixteen foot long Parrot Fish, both made out of plastic toys, buoys, toothbrushes drink bottles, bottle caps, flip flop cut-outs, hair brushes ,and other plastic garbage picked up on beaches. The exhibit offers Como's visitors a powerful, visual reality of the proliferation of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways through representations of marine animals using thousands of pieces of plastic in every color of the rainbow.

    Washed Ashore is an environmental education project that uses art to raise awareness to the tragedy of plastic pollution in the oceans through community involvement. It has taken thousands of volunteers and tons of marine debris to create the monumental sculptures that now make up the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit.

    "Washed Ashore encourages conservation by inspiring guests to be part of the solution to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle" said Michelle Furrer, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Director. "With this exhibit we hope to educate and motivate our guests to learn more about the tragic issue of pollution in our waterways."

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • Meetings Website
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 250
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 250
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 7
  • Catering Available
  • On-site Catering Required

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