Great Neighborhoods: Highland Park, St. Paul

If you are looking for that quintessential community feel, look no further than Highland Park.

If you are looking for that quintessential community feel, look no further than Highland Park. Condos and single-family Tudor-style homes dating from the 1920s and ’30s line the streets in and around Highland Park, and around the corner, the 1940s Highland Theater shows modern releases. Situated between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Highland Park has managed to become historic and contemporary at the same time.

While Mississippi River Boulevard offers beautiful trails to run, bike and blade along year round, other nearby outdoor treasures abound in Hidden Falls Regional Park, where residents and visitors alike explore river trails, beachfronts and spring-fed falls. Another family favorite is the Highland Park Aquatic Center with a two-story water slide, lap swimming pool, children’s splash pad, diving boards, aquatic climbing wall, party rentals, concessions, swimming lessons and more.

In true neighborly fashion, the Highland Park Community Center was recently renovated to include an additional 5,000 square feet of public space, a fitness center (including an indoor track), a dedicated teen zone, new meeting and study rooms, an expanded children’s area, public art installations, computer work stations, and an enhanced welcome area.

Come summer, the Highland Festival brings everyone together for three days full of live music, art, food and amusement rides. Beyond this ever-popular festival, the sense of community is evident in local restaurant favorites like Casper’s and Runyon’s Nook as well as Joan’s in the Park.

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