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CynCity Tours

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

As of January 6, 2022, CynCity Tours will comply with mandates by
the city of Saint Paul requiring all guests to be masked while indoors.

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We keep our groups small to give you plenty of room
to gather with friends or co-workers!


Walking Gangster Tour of Downtown Saint Paul
dips in and out of buildings, skyways and along sidewalks.

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Walking Gangster Tour of downtown 

St. Paul

A 60-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.  Winter tours start inside the Osborn Building at 370 Wabasha St., N.  We dip in and out of buildings, skyways and on sidewalks. 



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.

The winter walking tour is an hour long, through buildings, skyways and on sidewalks.

Meet inside Infor Commons

at 380 St. Peter St.  

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Let the party start!  Zoom into a Virtual Gangster Tour of Saint Paul’s shady history from the comfort of your own home! Our entertaining guide will take you virtually through the city with photos and film clips to show where infamous gangsters like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, the Barker bothers and more lived and partied in the capitol city. You can use the Zoom chat to ask questions of your guide. Contact us for a private tour that can be customized to your group!

the Virtual Gangster Tour

Walking Ghost Tour of summit avenue

1st National Bank Sign
St. Paul Hotel
Tour Guide
Minnesota State Capitol

What People Are saying


Jimmy ~

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.


Carey ~

In quarantine, I've done zoom tours of New York and LA landmarks and destinations, and 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.


Linda -

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!!!


Pam ~

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.


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
Edna of Gangsterland

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

Gansterland DVD
Questions?  Contact Us.

Thanks and we will get back to you ASAP!

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We provide weekly public walking tours.  (depending on weather) 

We provide private walking and virtual tours for groups and educational purposes.


Contact us for more information.

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