Things to do near the Super Bowl opening night party

Arrive early or stay late, Saint Paul will take care of you.

The Super Bowl opening night party, featuring this year’s players, coaches and some of the more famous former Minnesota Vikings players, will be held on January 29 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. If you’re arriving early or staying after the party, here are a few diversions near the Xcel Energy Center.

***Establishments subject to road and business closures around the Super Bowl - call ahead or check websites for official information.

There will be concurrent events going on in downtown St. Paul around Super Bowl time, namely the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Rice Park gets a full makeover every year around the holidays for the festivities, including tens of thousands of LED lights. Numerous Carnival events will occur here, like ice carving displays, live music, and a the inaugural autonomous snowplow competition (robots!), with teams competing from local colleges. There’s also a free ice skating rink (open roughly mid-November through mid-February), with skate rental available.

Pictured: Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul
Winter Carnival Ice Sculptures, Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul
The Minnesota Children's Museum, Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul
The Science Museum of Minnesota, Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul
The Landmark Center in Downtown Saint Paul, Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul