Situated across the river from the Science Museum
, Harriet Island
- which hasn't been an island for a long, long time! - hosts the four-day Taste of Minnesota Festival
(St. Paul's annual Independence Day blow-out), the Irish Fair
, and many other family-friendly events, concerts, and performances. Activities take place outdoors and inside the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion
. Centennial Showboat and Padelford
excursions depart from docks in the park in season.