Como Park and Zoo

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Minneapolis has a great park called Como park.  It’s a huge park with swimming pools, walking paths, an amusement park, zoo, and conservatory.  Hannah and I only spent a day there, visiting only the zoo and conservatory.  The park is completely free, running only on donations.  In the header image above, you can see that the zoo and conservatory are actually attached.  It’s a beautiful place, and we fully intend to go back some time.

Hannah says her favorite part was the monkeys and the tent full of butterflies.  I’ll admit, the butterfly tent/garden was a lot of fun.  It was full butterflies and you could watch them chase each other and eat fruit and nector. If you were lucky, one might even land on you.  They had a very strict entrance and exit policy, not want any of the butterflies to escape.  They had ‘airlocks’ on both ends, and you had to inspect everyone before the outside door was opened.  If you were lucky enough for one to land on you, you had to wait until it decided to take flight again before you could exit.  They didn’t want to chance the butterfly being wounded by our touches or even by a net, which they reserved only for the times the butterflies got into the airlocks.

The conservatory itself was very nice too.  Several rooms full of tropical plants, which would be nice to have in an area that’s usually covered in snow.  One neat room was where every plant in it was a fern.  Even the trees were ferns, as you can see in the images below.

North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
North Conservatory at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
Ferns at Como Park
Ferns at Como Park
Ferns at Como Park
Ferns at Como Park
Ferns at Como Park
Ferns at Como Park
Slurshee at Como Park
Slurshee at Como Park
Monkeys at Como Park
Monkeys at Como Park
Hannah and Gorilla at Como Park
Hannah and Gorilla at Como Park
One of 3 male gorillas at Como zoo
One of 3 male gorillas at Como zoo
at Como Park
at Como Park
Zebra at Como Park
Zebra at Como Park
Lion at Como Park
Lion at Como Park
Giraffes at Como Park
Giraffes at Como Park
Flamingos at Como Park
Flamingos at Como Park
Carousel at Como Park
Carousel at Como Park
Conservatory at Como Park
Conservatory at Como Park
Conservatory at Como Park
Conservatory at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
at Como Park
at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
South Conservatory Pool at Como Park
South Conservatory Pool at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park
Hannah at Como Park

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5 Responses to Como Park and Zoo

  1. Avatar Aunt Jackie
    Aunt Jackie says:

    What a wonderful experience for Hannah! I can’t believe how she has grown! Hope all is going well for all of you. Sure miss having you here….just knowing you were just a few minutes away was a comfort! I’m praying the time goes by fast! Love to you all❣

  2. Avatar Auntie Judy
    Auntie Judy says:

    Beautiful! I have been to Como Park several times….albeit a few decades ago.

    So glad you were able to take that in. What fun!

  3. Avatar Auntie Judy
    Auntie Judy says:

    Dare I ask what the image is on the left side of “Slurshee at Como?” I never saw anything like that when I was there. ; }

  4. Actually, the “slurshee” picture was a complete accident. I was putting my phone away and it snapped the picture, so I kept it. Slurshee, by the way is “Slushee-Slurpee-Icee” mashup 🙂 Of course Hannah has always called them slurshees.

  5. Avatar Shirley Goff
    Shirley Goff says:

    What a beautiful place you have found