Things To Do 

Minnesota, and in particular, St. Paul, is rich with things to experience during your stay. Within two or three blocks from the MRO office you will find the Science Museum of Minnesota, the St. Paul Library (including the James J. Hill Library which specializes in practical business information), the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Xcel Center (home to the Wild and venue for many concerts), and Park Square Theater. The Minnesota History Center and Minnesota State Capital are longer walks or short cab rides from our office. For more information on Minnesota attractions, please visit the Explore Minnesota website.

The Mall of America (MOA) is only 15 minutes from downtown St. Paul. MOA offers 520 stores, over 50 restaurants, the world’s largest indoor theme park, a first class movie theater complex and “Underwater World.” The MOA will allow you to check your bags at any one of the many mall entrances while you shop, and there is a convenient light rail system linking the MOA to the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. The express bus line Route 54 goes to the MOA from downtown St. Paul.

Check out Visit Saint Paul (Downtown) at the Official Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Look into even more St. Paul resources.  Or, take a virtual walk, starting at our front door.

Below is a listing of the things to do during your visit to MRO in St. Paul (click here for map view):

Mall of America
Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America has become one of the top tourist destinations in the country, receiving over 40 million visitors annually; the most of any mall in the world.
Science Museum of Minesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.
Saint Paul Public Library
The Saint Paul Public Library traces its earliest beginnings to 1856 when the newly formed Young Men's Christian Association opened a reading room. The following year, both the Saint Paul Library Association and the Mercantile Library Association also were organized. These early efforts all merged in 1863 into the Saint Paul Library Association.  
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
The Ordway, recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, is home to a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal artists on its Music Theater stage.
Xcel Energy Center
Xcel Energy Center is regarded as one of the finest arenas in the world. The one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose facility is home to more than 150 sporting and entertainment events and approximately 1.7 million visitors each year.
Park Square Theatre
Park Square opened in 1975, and with our move to the Historic Hamm Building in 1997, we began our strong relationship with Actors’ Equity Association (the union of professional actors and stage managers), and embraced a leading role as a producer of contemporary plays.  Since then, we’ve grown into St. Paul’s top employer of local stage talent.
Minnesota History Center
An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days, and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society library and archives-a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics.
Minnesota State Capital
Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Minnesota State Capitol is considered an architectural masterpiece.
Como Zoo and Conservatory
Como Zoo was the first zoo established in Minnesota. Founded in 1897, the zoo is located within Como Park, in St. Paul. Como Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Guthrie Theater
The Guthrie Theater opened on May 7, 1963, with a production of Hamlet directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the theater's founder.  The Guthrie Theater is an American center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world.