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“A beautiful park in every season”
Review of Rice Park

Rice Park
Ranked #28 of 128 things to do in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This park is perfectly placed in downtown St. Paul. Bordering it are the St. Paul Public Library, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Center, and the St. Paul Hotel. It is only one block from the Rivercenter, Excel Energy Center, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. There are also lots of restaurants along St. Peter Street, also one block away. There is also a main bus stop right on the corner, and other bus stops close by. The fountain in the park is a great place for pictures or just hanging out. Food trucks line the streets during lunch hours in the summer, as well as a few vendor stands, and there are plenty of benches to hang out on. It's clean and pretty. During spring and fall there are high school students who hang out, so be prepared for some high energy antics at times! In the winter the trees are covered in twinkle lights. The St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture contests take place here, and there is also a cooled skating rink that they open for about a month in late January to early February with rental skates and a heating house. This is a perfect place for relaxing and enjoying St. Paul.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Rice Park is flanked by cobblestone streets and the ornate Saint Paul Hotel, lending the small park an almost European feel. The park is anchored by a beautiful fountain. The shady trees and wide benches make it a nice place to eat lunch during the summer.

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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Beautiful ice sculpture during the winter time and christmas lightings,music, food, ice rank, and pony rides.

1  Thank Maiv L
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

Rice Park is a quaint little park right downtown. Its a nice place to just sit and relax. And the history surrounding it is beautiful. You have the old Central Library Building, the Landmark Center, the Ordway Theater, and the St. Paul Hotel all around you. During the Winter Carnival, Rice Park hosts the ice sculptor contest among other things.

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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Every January the St Paul Winter Carnival sponsors and Ice Carving Competition. We have frequently gone to Rice Park to see them. It is also close to Cosetta's Italian Restaurant and Market. A place not to miss.

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