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Fort Snelling State Park

101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111
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Ranked #19 of 63 Attractions in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Activities: Running
Traveler Description: Fort Snelling State Park is one of the best places to ski/hike/bike within the Twin Cities metro area. It works for all skill levels, as it's fairly... more »
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Orlando, FL
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99 reviews 99 reviews
50 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

We went solely to bike the paved trails and enjoy the fall foliage. Too bad the paved trails (also recommended for hiking) were full of potholes, tree roots, narrow paths, and rough shoulders. It was a rather populated trail that went past Historic Fort Snelling and up to Minnehaha Falls Park - connecting to the Grand Scenic Byways but in... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Enjoyed visiting a piece of history. Be sure to watch the short movie in the auditorium before going to view the grounds. It gives a lot of great information about the grounds and history of the Fort.

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Algonquin, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You can access Fort Snelling by car, city bus or by the light rail line which runs between Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. There are historical buildings and also buildings where military work is carried on day to day. The grounds are well landscaped and it can be romantic strolling around on a pleasant afternoon!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

These "guides" know their history and you can appreciate the efforts of Minnesotas' militia. I liked the rustic environment but I wish more young people would show some respect when they come there....

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Hong Kong
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74 reviews 74 reviews
62 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

actually we want to see the historical fort, so go there, there is a path behind the visitor center, that you can walk up to the fort, but just see the outside, if you want to enter, you still need to pay. But for the fort, you can drive outside the state park to go there. because it needs $5... More

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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182 reviews 182 reviews
120 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lots of trails to bike or walk. It can be pretty noisy due to the nearby airport and highways but it is in the city.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Its amazing how a state park exists in the heart of the city and right next to the MSP airport. However, due to the recent flooding many parts of the park are in accessible. We could do one trail which started from the visitor center and along the Minnesota river about 3 miles long. The trail was mostly paved and... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I have wanted to get a state park pass and finally did. This place is so beyond beautiful. It's huge there are so many trails to bike or walk on. There's water, so many Anamials roaming throughout the park. Foxes deer and birds of all types! Love this state park!!!

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Redington Beach, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
55 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This Fort is a great place to visit to encounter some of Minnesota's past. You start in a theatre with a 15 minute film telling the Forts story. Try not to go first thing in the morning as this is the time for kids field trips and can get overloaded with young ones. As you walk thru the Fort, areas... More

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The demonstrations are different every 30 minutes. The cannon one is a favorite, but of course learning about hospitals back then was an eye opener. A tower where you can see for miles. The gift shop has great history books.

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