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The Top 10 Things To Do In Lowertown, St. Paul
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The Top 10 Things To Do In Lowertown, St. Paul

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Lowertown, St. Paul, Minnesota, has seen a steady increase in growth in the past decade. Once a former industrial powerhouse, the area experienced disinvestment and made room for artists looking to occupy its beautiful warehouses. Today, the neighborhood is witnessing a new energy, with many exciting entertainment options and festivals to keep all passersby entertained.
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Walk Through Mears Park

This Lowertown oasis might be the best place to start a trip in St Paul’s downtown. Grab a coffee and ponder the trip ahead in Mears Park, a portion of the land St Paul’s original founders found too difficult to develop on. Sit by the stream and enjoy the beautiful white birch trees in this Lowertown enclave of calm.

Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-632-5111

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Visit the Saint Paul Farmers Market

In addition to the 18 other neighborhood markets in the Twin Cities, the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market is the best place to come for fresh produce, baked goods and meats and cheeses in the Lowertown area. Since its inception in 1902, this market has provided downtown residents access to delicious regional products, ranging from grass-fed bison to delicious farm-harvested maple syrup.

Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, 290 5th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-227-8101

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Do the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Events like the Saint Paul Art Crawl maintain Lowertown’s status as an artist hub. This annual event dates back to 1977, and consists of touring participating galleries to see the finest in local works and creativity. See what all the buzz is about and attend this event, being testament to the strength and longevity of the Saint Paul artistic community.

Saint Paul Art Crawl, 308 E Prince St #206, St Paul MN, USA

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Attend a Game at CHS Field

As the newly constructed home of the Saint Paul Saints, St. Paul’s minor league baseball team, CHS Field is a the perfect venue to start an evening in Lowertown. As the reincarnation of former Midway Stadium, this 7,000-seat ballpark was designed with Lowertown’s signature style in mind, with its blackened steel, timber and load-bearing masonry. In a day and age of outlandish stadium amenities that favor investors rather than community, CHS Field is a notable, and respected exception.

CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-644-6659

Attend the Concrete and Grass Music Festival

Set in beautiful Mears Park, the annual Concrete and Grass Music Festival provides festivalgoers with every genre of music imaginable. For three days out of the year, this free event offers the best of the Twin Cities’s vibrant music scene. So, if stopping through St. Paul at the beginning of September, be sure to check this festival out!

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Eat at PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar

Situated in the historic Noyes Brothers and Cutler Building, PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar provides one of the most worthwhile dining experiences in Lowertown. The building it operates in is one of the most elegant in the neighborhood, and provides picturesque views of Mears Park from above. The food and drink at PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar is some of the best in town too, with a new American-inspired menu, and a creative list of seasonal cocktails to boot.

PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar, 229 6th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-348-6456

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