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Fort Snelling State Park

101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111
612-725-2389
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Ranked #16 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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Redington Beach, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
37 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I have been going to Fort Snelling since I was a kid. It is a great historical site in Minnesota. The reenactments are great and you can wonder around and interact with people who are in character. Great place for a family outing.

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Topeka, Kansas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I discovered this place when I was looking for somewhere close to the airport to respond to picking someone up which we are doing all the time. Great relaxing place to wait and close too. Beautiful

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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217 reviews 217 reviews
90 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Fort Snelling is really close to the airport which means it can get a little loud with the airplanes landing and taking off. It's a really large area so the noise kind of gets lost in the trees. I did a lot of hiking in this area this last year. I also saw a lot of deer and coyotes while... More

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Toledo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Insightful historical interpretation. Covers Dred Scott's residence here as well as traditional military history.

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