Meeting and event planning in Saint Paul offers an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan flair and outdoor adventures. Saint Paul features 26 miles of Mississippi River shoreline, as well as 104 landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Termed the "City of Neighborhoods," Saint Paul is home to such colorful neighborhoods as the culture-rich West 7th Street and architecturally stunning Summit Avenue. Saint Paul's clean, walkable downtown region features the same world-class amenities and services as its Twin City counterpart of Minneapolis, but with a sense of intimacy. What's more, downtown Saint Paul is home to a climate-controlled pedestrian skyway system, allowing visitors to enjoy the very best of downtown during cold winter months or rainy days.
Downtown Saint Paul is just eight miles away from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport. Serving as a hub for Delta Air Lines, Minneapolis/Saint Paul International serves an average of 1,250 daily flights and 135 nonstop markets, including 114 domestic and 21 international markets. The airport is served by the region's Metro Transit system. Metro Transit serves the Twin Cities with an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains. The public transportation system is currently working on a light rail link between downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis. Saint Paul is served by Metro Transit's expansive bus system, which provides direct access to the airport and the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
Located in the heart of downtown and chief among Saint Paul convention venues, Saint Paul RiverCentre features 64,341 square feet of exhibit space, 26 executive meeting rooms and a 27,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. The Saint Paul RiverCentre is adjacent to the 5,500-seat Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Xcel Energy Center multi-purpose arena. RiverCentre highlights include free campus-wide Wi-Fi, on-site dining, a business center and catering and audio-visual services.
Saint Paul is home to a number of attractions and spaces perfect for group functions and events. The Minnesota History Center features a variety of hands-on exhibits and programs for all ages, so visitors can ride in a spaceship, weather a tornado or climb aboard a 24-ton box car. The stunning Minnesota History Center, built with granite, travertine, copper, marble and hardwoods, features views of the downtown skyline, State Capitol and Cathedral of Saint Paul; as well as offering a variety of private event spaces. The Science Museum of Minnesota welcomes guests to learn about everything from paleontology to physical science, as well as take part in live theater productions and hold private events in its cafe, Discovery Hall and auditorium. Groups can charter a Padelford Riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River and past such highlights as the Saint Paul High Bridge, Pig's Eye's Cave, Pike Island and Fort Snelling. Padelford Riverboats features a truly authentic, all-steel sternwheeler as part of its fleet. For a thrilling blast from the past, groups can gather in the Wabasha Street Caves. Once serving as a home to mobsters and speakeasies, these sandstone caves are now home to a variety of gangster, ghost and history tours, as well as swing-dancing nights, murder mystery events and private group events.