Guided walking tours look at St. Paul

Downtown St. Paul walking tours are back. They’re free and there are three different guided tours of St. Paul to choose from. The Great River tour, the Rice Park tour and the Heart of the City tour are offered Wednesday mornings on a rotating schedule. Tours are available now and continue through September.

The tours are opportunities for visitors and residents alike to learn something new about St. Paul or view the city from a new perspective. Bob Wagner, a Landmark Center volunteer tour guide since 2006, created the tours, partly to convey the city’s history and also to keep people updated about changes.

“A lot of people are unaware of the city’s history,” Wagner says. “St. Paul is constantly changing, and it’s really fun too when a guest is surprised by the past, or when a guest remembers what was here years ago and shares a memory.”

The tours and their highlights:

•The Great River Tour outlines St. Paul’s beginnings and its longtime relationship with the Mississippi River, with views of the river and surrounding areas the first Wednesday of each month. It departs from Upper Landing Park in St. Paul at Shepard Road and Chestnut Street at 10 a.m.

•The popular Rice Park Tour explains the history, architecture and hidden secrets of the unique buildings that surround one of the city’s oldest and most beloved parks. The Rice Park walking tours are given the third Wednesday of each month, departing from Landmark Center’s Information Center at 10 a.m. Landmark Center is located at 75 West 5th St.

•The Heart of the City tour covers popular spots such as Mickey’s Diner, Candyland, the Hamm Building and more on the fourth Wednesday of the month, departing from Landmark Center’s Sixth Street entrance at 10 a.m.

Each Landmark Center summer walking tour is free but requires a reservation; call 651-292-3237 to reserve a space. Visit www.landmarkcenter.org/visit/walkingtours.html for more information.

 

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