Rice Park (named for Henry Mower Rice) is located in downtown Saint Paul and features a beautiful fountain. It is surrounded by historic buildings, including the Landmark Center, the Ordway and the St. Paul Public Library - George Latimer Central.
The Landmark Center hosts summer walking tours from Rice Park and a weekly music series - Rhythm in Rice. In the winter, it is the site of the St. Paul Winter Carnival and the Wells Fargo WinterSkate.
Summer Picnics at Rice Park
The Landmark Center recommends Rice park for an afternoon picnic to enjoy the recently revitalized and refreshed historic (2019):
"Its new amenities include plaza restoration, beautiful floral displays and gardens, and an extensive lawn for throwing down the picnic blanket."
The park's gardens are kept by the Saint Paul Garden Club, who maintain beautiful seasonal beds and planters from spring through fall.
Music Programs in the Park
Rhythm in Rice is a 10-week music series featuring both globally inspired musicians and mainstream music. On Fridays from June to August watch two bands beginning at 6:00 p.m. and running to about 8:00 p.m. The music line up can be found on the Rhythm in Rice website or in the FFTC Family Fun Calendar.
Rice Park is also part of the city-wide music in the parks program hosted by St. Paul Parks. You can learn more about St. Paul music in the parks here.
Landmark Center Tours of Rice Park
The Landmark Center offers free walking tours from June through September. Among the tours is the Rice Park Tour. Space is limited on these tours and they often sell out. Reservations are required. During the summer of 2020, the Landmark Center created virtual versions of the tour, so you can do a self-guided walk if you would like.
Rice Park WinterSkate
WellsFargo WinterSkate season starts mid-November. Ice Skating is free and open to the public daily through mid-February. The season is weather dependent. Bring your own skates or rent for $4 per person (free if you have Wells Fargo card). Open Skate Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Monday - Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Check the WinterSkate site for special holiday hours.