Watch trains and boats from the Rail View Picnic Area at St. Paul’s Union Depot

Now that Amtrak passenger trains are coming and going from downtown St. Paul’s restored Union Depot, officials are promoting the adjacent Rail View Picnic Area as a place to watch trains and the nearby Mississippi River.

The landscaped area has six picnic tables covered with pergolas, and there is bicycle parking available.

It’s open from sunrise to sunset and can be reached via sidewalk on the south side of Kellogg Boulevard, or by parking in Lot C, east of the Lafayette Bridge.

A bike trail will extend to the area from the Bruce Vento bike trail late next year, after the bridge construction is completed.

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