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“Very small park and we only saw 2 statues ”
Review of Rice Park

Rice Park
Ranked #30 of 131 things to do in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

This park was much smaller than we are used to (took less than 7 minutes to walk around the perimeter - with young children) and we only saw 2 Peanuts statues, not the several that are included in the trip advisor photos. We did see a number of homeless people who appeared to be rather loud and intoxicated. Not the best impression that we wanted to give our children. Also, do parks in Minneapolis have play areas for children? Every park we have been to has green space but no play equipment which I find odd. It may just be a different concept but we have not seen any parks that have playgrounds. Much of the "green space" is concrete.

Thank Tracy Q
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Standing anywhere in Rice Park allows you to truly be at the center of Old Saint Paul. From the Central Library to The St. Paul Hotel to the Hamm's Building and the Landmark Center, and with the Cathedral in sight up the hill, you're surrounded by decades of history and culture. Heck, even the Ordway Center, Herb Brooks Statue, and entrance to the River Centre that borders Rice Park on the west side are worthy of inclusion among these other landmarks of culture and town pride.

If it's the summer months, the center fountain that depicts a woman (as a kid, I always thought it was Pocahontas!) is turned on. Several coins can be seen in the bottom, as people of all ages make their wishes. With the leaves turning green and the flowers in bloom, the park is really a nice place to enjoy your lunch. A few Charlie Brown / Peanuts character statues adorn the Market Street side of the park, and extending to Landmark Plaza. A statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald is also in the park. Rice Park continues to be so vital to not just St. Paul, but to the Minnesotan identity, that special Peanuts character statues were commissioned for the 2014 All Star Game that was played in Minneapolis, and they were initially displayed (for about a month) in Rice Park! Even Joe Mauer, St. Paul's own, helped with the ceremony festivities! Again, don't forget to look toward the west and see the new life size monument of St. Paul's Herb Brooks, who played hockey at St. Paul Johnson and coached the U of M to 3 national championships and Team USA to the gold medal in 1980 over the Soviet Union. Wow, Herbie belongs to US!

During the winter months, a large Christmas tree and lights across all the park trees adorn the area. For 3 months, an outdoor ice skating rink created and situated near the Landmark Center and Plaza, and often is full of casual skaters. In late January / early February for the Winter Carnival, ice sculptures are created and displayed here in a competition, along with a small ice palace. Once Vulcanus Rex overthrows the True King of the Winter Carnival, King Boreas, in the middle of Rice Park, it's about time for the spring time to arrive and for the fountain to flow once again!

Be a part of Old Saint Paul, if only for your lunch break!

Thank Luke K
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Always go here with friends to explore and play pokémon go. There is so much to see when visiting this park. Well worth a visit if you're in the area!

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The park in winter often times features Ice Skating and Ice sculpture. Folks utilize site for Weddings. Food mostly kiosks.

Thank Stpauliaina
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

The Winter Carnival is different every year. If you are expecting a large ice castle, you may be disappointed. Plan on going and enjoying whatever is present. The amount and depth of ice sculptures changed from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, and Saturday night with the lights gave yet another dimension to the sculptures. This was punctuated

Thank Chavonne S
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