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Page 40 of 51 41 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA Ranked No. 2 in the nation for parks and public spaces, St. Paul offers tours that take in its beauty and history. Padelford Riverboats sail along the Mississippi River during historically narrated 90-minute cruises. Chef's Club Dinner Cruises bases its menu on fresh, local ingredients, and the Beer and Bacon evening cruise features local craft beers and bacon-infused appetizers. "A river cruise is an important part of any group's St. Paul experience because it's the reason that the city is here," said Nick Cusick, marketing and media relations manager for Vis- it Saint Paul. "e Mississippi National River and Recreation Area runs between St. Paul and Minneapolis." Always popular, the Gangster Bus Tour visits the most notorious spots in the city's gangster history and points out other sites along the way. e tour is led by a re-enactor of usually a sheriff or a gangster from that period who goes in- depth about gangster history. According to Cusick, St. Paul's gangster history rivals that of Chicago. Often, groups will add the Wabasha Street Caves tour. Once dedicated to mushroom growing, the cave doubled as a nightclub frequented by John Dillinger, the Barker Gang and others. Groups can also glide through the heart of St. Paul on Seg- ways. e Magical History Tour takes in the State Capitol, St. Paul Cathedral, the F. Scott Fitzgerald homes and more. W W W . V I S I T S A I N T P A U L . C O M Photos courtesy Visit Saint Paul Wabasha Street Cave A segway tour of St. Paul

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