Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
A Dome of Palm TreesPeaceful. Relaxing. Green. Tropical palms of all shapes and sizes rule in the Palm Dome at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. "Wow" and "Oh my god" escape my lips a lot each time I visit this mammoth glass enclosure—some trees have leaves big enough to blanket a Saint Bernard; maybe even two at the same time! I kid you not. Also, a Carludovica palmata, a.k.a. the Panama hat palm, awaits you. Its leaves are harvested for that legendary hat. Definitely worth a visit if you're headed to Minneapolis or St. Paul, no matter the season (but especially in the winter). And admission is free!