CynCity Tours

Authentic - Researched - Engaging


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We follow all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines
for masking and social distancing.


Walking Gangster Tour of downtown 
Saint Paul

Rain or shine!  A 90-minute stroll with an entertaining guide...exploring Saint Paul's dark past.  Learn about the big name criminals, like John Dillinger, who came to our city to hide from the Feds and do business.  Get the inside scoop on what brought crooks to Saint Paul.  Tours start inside Infor Commons at 380 St. Peter St.  The tour is mostly outside but if weather dictates, we dip in and out of buildings and skyways.


HAUNTED Rice Park Walking Tour

Did you know Rice Park is older

than Central Park in NYC?

And, it's surrounded by several haunted buildings? 

Join our entertaining guide with thrilling tales of ghostly hauntings designed to give you a tingle while learning a bit of history too. 90-minutes, rain or shine!  The walking tour is mostly outside but if weather dictates,

we dip through buildings

and skyways.   


Walking Ghost Tour of summit avenue

Ghosts & gables Haunted
Summit Avenue
Walking tour

Join a Victorian guide for ghost stories along Saint Paul’s most elegant streets.  An early evening stroll looks back on a neighborhood’s history that will surely give you a tingle, a laugh and perhaps a shiver. Starts at Overlook Park on Summit Avenue.  The tour lasts 90-minutes.

What People Are saying

* Went on the Gangster Tour with Cynthia. It is very informative and she is very knowledgeable about the history of Saint Paul and especially the gangster history of the city.  - Jimmy

* I'm THRILLED that CynCity tours is finally filling the void of great tours right here in Minnesota. Absolutely LOVED the gangster walking tour of Saint Paul, and I think even my twelve year old was able to connect it to some of his MN Studies lessons.  - Carey

* What a great tour and Cynthia is the best guide!!! Her knowledge about St. Paul's history, the gangster era and her energy bring these stories to life. So fascinating and I highly recommend!   - Linda

* Cynthia and Bick know their stuff!  I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about the city and enjoy a fun afternoon.  Learning about the history of Gangster interactions, businesses, landmarks, and the police department at that early time of history enriched our knowledge of the area.   - Pam


Tour Hosts

Cynthia Schreiner Smith and Bick Smith

Cynthia Schreiner Smith - Co-author of “Alvin Karpis and the Barker Gang in Minnesota”

Alvin Karpis Book Cover
Cyn and Chief

Bick Smith - Producer of the documentary-style film “Gangsterland”

Edna of Gangsterland
Gansterland DVD
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Public and private walking tours

plus step-in bus guides are available.

CynCity also hosts speaking engagements and virtual tours for groups and educational purposes.


Contact us for more information.

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