St. Paul Preparatory School is located in the heart of St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood. Recently, the Star Tribune newspaper described Lowertown as a boomtown of arts, culture, and eateries – “one of the hottest destinations in the metro area.”
“Once a sleepier part of town, Lowertown has burst onto the urban scene in recent years with new apartments and condos, music festivals, bars and restaurants. The 58 city-built luxury rental Lofts at Farmers Market were fully leased even before the building’s grand opening. In the next couple of years, the Central Corridor light-rail line will be rolling into a busy, remodeled Union Station. More city-built apartments, a Lunds grocery store and a new city park are planned. The biggest prospective coming attraction is a Saints ballpark that would play host to an anticipated 150 events a year, drawing up to 7,000 people each time.” – Star Tribune
Read the full article: St. Paul’s Lowertown has gotten hot without losing its charm by Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune
A few highlights of St. Paul’s Lowertown:
- Eating is at the top of most students’ lists and there are plenty of places in St. Paul to eat on a budget, dine in style, or sample something amazing from one of the roaming seasonal food trucks.
- Mears Park is a lovely oasis right outside St. Paul Prep. It is a great place to eat lunch, sit in the sunshine, and hear live music.
- St. Paul Prep students can kick off the next school year September 7-9, 2012 at the Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival – a free outdoor event held at Mears Park.
- Nature and bike trails are near Lowertown. The Mississippi Riverfront trails are within walking distance of St. Paul Prep, as is the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.
- Minnesota winters are best embraced rather than merely survived. The St. Paul Winter Carnival has been getting people outside for winter fun for 125 years. There are January/February winter events throughout St. Paul, including parades, races, snow & ice sculptures, a medallion hunt and more.
- The St. Paul Farmers Market isn’t just about vegetables – it’s a fun place to hang out on weekends. Chow down on fresh spring rolls or donuts while listening to live music every weekend April-November. It’s a great place to meet friends for a little shopping and meet a slice of Minnesota…located just a few blocks from St. Paul Prep.
- The arts abound in Lowertown – home to hundreds of working artists. Enjoy local and international arts at art crawls, art galleries and theaters , and public art displays (downtown St. Paul public art map)
- Or learn more about the areas’s history on a historic walking tour of St. Paul’s Lowertown.
These are just a few of the things to do in St. Paul Prep’s neighborhood. What are your favorite hot spots in Lowertown?