For over one hundred years, Como Regional Park has been St Paul's most prized public park. Its sprawling 450 acres includes Como Lake and historic lakeside pavilion, an excellent free zoo & conservatory, a swimming complex, golf courses (including a miniature golf course), athletic fields, a woodland outdoor classroom, miles of walking and biking trails, a permanent amusement park, an antique carousel, a playground, winter recreation facilities, and picnic space.
Como Regional Park Play Area
The play area in Como Regional Park was renovated in 2013 and includes:
- A large climbing structure designed to bring children close to tree level and provide imaginative and challenging play to older children
- Neutral color tones to blend into the environment
- Separate play area for toddlers and small children
- Large swing bay overlooking fire pits.
Como Regional Park Pool
Most years, Como Pool's season runs from early June – Labor Day. Outdoor pools are subject to weather and other circumstances outside human control. We recommend checking the pool's web-page before heading out for a day of swimming. This page also includes updated hours and fees.
The pool includes a standard sized (75 feet) six-lane lap pool, a one-meter diving board and diving platforms. Waterpark amenities include two basketball hoops, an aquatic climbing wall and aquatic zipline, a 400-foot lazy river and a children's activity pool with family Slide. Life jackets are available to borrow. The park has locker rooms for men, women and families and a concession stand.
Cafesjian's Carousel at Como Regional Park
Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom showcases eight native plant communities, 27 interpretive posts, accessible paved and gravel trails, a propagation garden, and restored historical features on 17.5 acres. The Classroom provides natural and cultural interpretation, a place for learning, and habitat for native wildlife.
If you would like to visit on your own, download a copy of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom Guidebook, which has been published to provide background information for educators and the public. The guidebook contains a map of the Classroom, content of 27 interpretive posts, natural and cultural history material, and environmental stewardship strategies employed in the Classroom.
Winter Recreation at Como Regional Park
Como Park Ski Center is located within the larger regional park and offers both downhill and cross-country skiing. Day passes for downhill and snowboarding cost $12-$15 plus equipment rental of $12-$20. There is a heated with restrooms and concessions.
On Fridays in winter months, families can attend Family Fun Nights from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm at the discounted rate of $60 for a family of 5 or less, including rentals. Additional family members are $15.
The St. Paul Parks department recommends the Como Ski Center and Golf Course for a medium slope sledding hill. Sledding in St. Paul parks is free and open to the public. For a bit more of a challenge, McMurray Athletic Field -- just off of Como Regional Park -- has a steep slope sledding hill. The park department offers sledding safety tips on its website.