• About Twin Cities

    About the Twin Cities

    Small Town Community. Big City Fun.

    Stay close to Hamline University, or venture out into the metro area after a busy week of studying. North, South, East or West, you'll find a direction to your liking. Choose your destination, put a gallon of gas in the tank, or take advantage of our public transportation options including city bus lines and light rail train.

    Whichever direction you choose, shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events and sight-seeing opportunities await:

    To the North: Browse the shops, dining, and entertainment options at HarMar Mall and Rosedale Mall

    To the South: Capture the unique shopping and dining experiences along Grand Avenue.

    To the West: Take a short trip west down University Avenue and you pass through the University of Minnesota, and on to downtown Minneapolis -- the Twin Cities entertainment capital.

    To the East: Travel east down University Avenue towards more shopping, sporting events, and entertainment opportunities in downtown Saint Paul.  

    Learn more about the vibrant Minnesota Twin Cities/Metro Region, the entertainment and cultural center of the upper Midwest.

    Explore the City of St. Paul or learn more about the entire state of Minnesota at www.exploreminnesota.com

    Anticipation and Relaxation

    Beautiful Como Park (including Conservatory, Zoo, and Japanese gardens) is just to the north of Hamline University. Stroll around Como Lake, take a paddleboat cruise, or stop to enjoy seasonal concerts at the lakeside pavilion.

    Get in the Game

    For all of you sports enthusiasts who like a little "minor" mayhem, come see a Saint Paul Saints baseball game. The Saint Paul Saints play their home games at the CHS Field, which our Pipers share in a continuation of a long partnership that began at Midway Stadium.

    The Twin Cities also hosts several professional sports teams including the Minnesota Vikings football, Minnesota Twins baseball, Minnesota Timberwolves basketball, as well as professional soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams. Find out more about Twin Cities sporting events.

    You Don't Need to Roam

    There are plenty of affordable shopping, dining, entertainment, and sporting event options in the immediate Hamline University neighborhood, the Hamline-Midway area (and you can't beat the free parking). The Hamline-Midway area has an estimated 700 businesses and a diverse resident population.

    Here are just a few of the Hamline-Midway area businesses/community resources (within 2 miles or less from Hamline University and accessible from a bus line):

    • 14 banks
    • 12 restaurants/cafes/delis/ taverns/bakeries (including Gabe's by the Park, McDonald's, Noodles and Company, Stout's Pub, Dakota Bar & Grill, and Saigon City)
    • 9 health services and fitness centers
    • 8 churches
    • 5 pizza delivery places (Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Pizza Man, etc.)
    • 4 grocery stores (including Rainbow Foods and Cub)
    • 2 new and used book stores (including Barnes & Noble and Common Good Books - Garrison Keillor, prop.) 
    • 3 dental clinics
    • 3 hotels and motels (Days Inn, Holiday Inn, and Best Western)
    • 3 public libraries
    • 2 discount department stores (Target and Walmart)
    • 2 pharmacies (Lloyd's and Cub)
    • 2 coffee shops