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Union Depot, St. Paul – Train Station

Free Wi-Fi Available
214 Fourth Street East, Suite 300, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651.202.2700
Admission: $0.00
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Union Depot is one of America’s great rail stations from the early 20th Century. By the numbers, it’s 250,000 square feet on 33 acres near the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. It was originally completed in 1926 and was fully restored in 2011-2012. But as anyone who’s ever been here will tell you, numbers alone fail to describe Union Depot. It is a fun place to come watch trains, buses and boats. There are also fun activities hosted year round. It even has a Little Free Library.

Mother and son playing ping pong at the Union Depot Train Station in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Union Depot -- Son takes on Mother

Rail View Picnic Area at Union Depot

Families can park in Lot D and take advantage of the Rail View Picnic Area, where trainiacs can see freight and passenger trains and airplane fanatics can watch aircraft from Holman Field (the St. Paul Downtown Airport). This area includes six picnic tables under pergolas, free access to both biking and walking paths, and bicycle parking. Plan this trip for a summer weekend, and you can combine it with the Saint Paul Farmers Market. Parking in Lot D is $2/day (subject to change).

Union Depot Train Days

Games Galore on Wednesdays

On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 pm., families can drop by the station to play giant-size versions games like Chess, Checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, Tic Tac Toe and others. The games are free and open to the public and, if you prefer, you can bring your own games to sit and play. This program was designed to offer fun options for people of all ages who seek a board game challenge and a friendly competition.

Little Free Library at Union Depot

Union Depot installed the first Little Free Library in St. Paul. It can be found on a colorful train cart in the Waiting Room. As with any Little Free Library, guests are invited to take and leave books. Gently used or new travel guides, travel memoirs, transportation history, transportation books for children and local history books are especially appreciated at this location.

Union Depot Train Days

Watch Trains From Home

Kids don't have to wait until you can make a trip to St. Paul to see trains, Union Depot's websote has train cams available here.

Union Depot Train DaysRed and Yellow TCWR 2011 Train Engine at Union Depot Train Days

Christmas at Union Depot

The train station offers a variety of public programs during the Holiday season, including a tree lighting at the beginning of the season, FREE Holiday movie screenings, European Christmas Market gift fair, a special North Pole Express train ride (that sells out every year) and a stop by the annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Union Depot in Saint Paul Minnesota 2014
Image courtesy of Union Depot. Credit: Art in the Sky Photography

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