Spanning 58.18 square miles, St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota. Known as the “Twin Cities,” the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Combined there are about 3.46 million people living within its boundaries. St. Paul houses the state government and other important institutions. Regionally, the city is known for the Xcel Energy Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota and is home of the Minnesota Wild ice hockey team.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is a winter tradition that started in 1886 and has been going strong ever year since. More than 350,000 visitors attend annually and get to enjoy showcases such as ice sculpting, treasure hunts, winter food, activities and even an ice palace. A few notable recreation areas and cultural hot spots include the historic Landmark Center, Indian Mounds Park, Battle Creek Regional Park, Harriet Island Pavilion, Highland Park, the Wabasha Street Caves, Lake Como, Lake Phalen and Rice Park. The Minnesota State Fair is also held annually every summer in St. Paul.
St. Paul City Hall is located at 15 W Kellogg Blvd., where most serious business takes place. The Ramsey County Courthouse is located in the same building, and is where most residents go to handle legal matters in court.