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Fort Snelling State Park

101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111
612-725-2389
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Ranked #17 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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Hong Kong
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74 reviews 74 reviews
62 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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178 reviews 178 reviews
118 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Cricklade, England
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80 reviews 80 reviews
45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Its worth spending a couple of hours here - most of the fort has been recreated - a couple of the buildings are original - and the staff ( in period costume) went out of their way to be helpful and informative. Its worth seeing the film first.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The kiddos loved it. There is always something going on every half an hour so there is plenty to do, see and learn, even if you do not like history, the view from the towers is nice and you can get your curiosity going when you see how people lived almost 200 years ago. Beware of allergy sufferers since in... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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171 reviews 171 reviews
37 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I enjoyed Fort Snelling very much. Start with the movie to get a feel for the history of the place and the region. The fort itself is well done, with plaenty of interpretors in full costume to add to the experience and give you a good feel of what life was like there. The gunners demonstrating the cannons were particularily... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This 1830s fort was built on a bluff over-looking the Mississippi River and is one of those "mandatory places" for anyone interested in American history or wanting to take the kids along for a great adventure, The fort is well done, completely reconstructed and restored to its original glory with a nice area that shows the role archeology played in... More

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