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“St. Paul with Baby Face Nelson”

St. Paul Gangster Tour
Ranked #2 of 9 Tours in Saint Paul
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

This is a wonderful two hour bus tour. Highly recommend it. Our guide was Baby Face Nelson he was dressed in period clothing and was very knowledgeable. He is also very entertaining, he made history come alive. Did you know there is a difference between a Mobster and a Gangster. Also he teaches you the rules for St. Paul. I went with my mom in law, her sisters (my aunts in law) they are locals and I'm from out of town we all enjoyed it and learned something.

We also went on the Cave Tour which was amazing felt like stepping back in time.

2  Thank ellen s
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

This 2 hour bus tour of St. Paul's gangster history was surprisingly delightful and educational. Being a history buff, I was totally mesmerized by our guide, who was the "ghost of Baby Face Nelson," talking of his gangster "friends'" activities. The guide really was fantastic; very entertaining and quite humorous. He also was an encyclopedia of information. He talked nonstop for 2 hours, engaging tour group members in his recital of St. Paul's not so saintly past. I was totally impressed with the guide's knowledge and recounting of historical facts.

Make your reservations on line. And be there 15 mins before the tour time as they have to check you in and board the bus.

The bus was a very comfy motor coach. (I believe there was a bathroom in the back of the bus.) We did get out for one short walk in a park on the east side of St. Paul; otherwise, we were in the motor coach. The bus would stop at certain spots where the guide would discuss events of the past.

I would not recommend bringing children on the tour as they would be bored and the sorted details of St. Paul's past may not be information you would want your children to hear. (Brothels, madames, bank robbings, kidnappings, killings, etc.)

You may also want to check out the cave tour that is right where you pick up the tour bus.

The cost for the 2 hour trip is $24. Also, do bring some dollar bills or a $5 or a $10 for a tip for the guide. The guy is deserving of it.

6  Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Visiting the area during June 2013, we were looking for a tour or activity that would be interesting for both (we) visitors and locals alike. I found the St. Paul Gangster Tour and booked the tour for 11 of us, 9 of which are local. What a delightful tour!

I'm sorry to say that I don't recall the name of our guide but she was did an excellent job of providing a running narrative of the history of St. Paul as it related to prohibition, police corruption, kidnappings and of course...gangsters and mobsters. (I can say it is no easy feat to keep an engaging, running narrative for a busload of people for 2 hours!)

Not one member of group came away and said anything less that it was an excellent tour.

I can say in all honesty that this tour is one well worth taking! (I would recommend though, if you have time, take the Wabasha Caves tour just prior to the gangster tour. It is extremely affordable and a great prelude to the gangster tour.)

2  Thank SEGeorge-BG
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

You will be amazed at how much history is around you in St Paul. I've lived here for 5 years, and had no idea about most of these events. Edna Murray was our guide and she was awesome! Never broke character. The bus tour is about 40 minutes to an hour long, and you drive around downtown and into South & West St Paul. I would highly recommend this tour. They also have cave tours in the Wabasha street caves that I would like to go to as well.

1  Thank Chelsey O
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

This tour went way past our expectations. The tour takes you all around St. Paul and shows you where all the gangsters hung out and the great stories behind them. The 2 hour tour kept you upbeat and the time went by so fast. Alot of history and education learned on this trip. Thanks , Edna, our guide.

2  Thank Randy R
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