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Fort Snelling State Park

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Address: 101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111
Phone Number: 612-725-2389
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Description: Located on Pike Island, this scenic state park is one of Minnesota's most...
Located on Pike Island, this scenic state park is one of Minnesota's most visited attractions, which features trails for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking.
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One of the first outposts (by us european whiteys) in this land.

Really fun to be immersed in this location that is so well preserved (and partially & accurately re-built) on the bluffs of the river. Allow yourself some easy-going time (3-5... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Really fun to be immersed in this location that is so well preserved (and partially & accurately re-built) on the bluffs of the river. Allow yourself some easy-going time (3-5 hours?) to wander the property, take some tours and also walk/drive-by some of the slightly detached portions of the surrounding and historically–supporting buildings that are now separated from the main... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Beautiful setting where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Hike around Pike's island and you might see a bald eagle or two, beavers, and many giant cottonwoods.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Memorial Day is very packed in the morning, so if you don't like to wait in lines I suggest going in the afternoon. There are service men in uniforms in the morning so if you are only interested in seeing your loved ones, then skip the morning. There are only 2 bathrooms in the building so that can get hectic.... More 

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Orlando, FL
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111 reviews 111 reviews
51 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
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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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
23 helpful votes 23 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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64 helpful votes 64 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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