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Fort Snelling State Park

101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55111
612-725-2389
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Ranked #18 of 62 attractions in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Topeka, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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39 helpful votes 39 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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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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Richfield, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My favorite part of Ft Snelling State Park is Pike Island. This is where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers converge. Fort Snelling is the historic birthplace of Minnesota and the first outpost of Western Civilization in this part of the world. My heart aches about what happened to the natives here.

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Philadelphia
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36 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We had a delightful fall day to explore this site, although many of its features were closed. We were fortunate to be there on a day commemorating WWI with authentic uniforms, weapons and even a saved gas mask drill. The fort represents Minnesota's colorful military history.

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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is the epicenter of the Dred-Scot decision of the US Supreme Court. You ever take history in school and think it boring? This is the place that makes history alive. I say "go!" I didn't even know this place existed, but as I was driving by, I thought, "maybe I should check this out." So, I went in for... More

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MN
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143 reviews 143 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

On weekends when people are in period costumes and the blacksmith is giving demonstrations and the cannons are firing, it's a great place to visit for most any age. Expect some walking but not a tin requires to see the fort itself. Lots of trails and adjacent to State Park for picnic, biking, hiking etc. Pretty quiet mid week or... More

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Eagan, Minnesota
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fort Snelling State park is a hidden gem. It costs to get a parking sticker...I think it was 5 bucks for the day. This is not the fort; it is the state park. Beautiful clean sandy beach at Snelling Lake, picnic tables, and very nice real bathrooms - not porta potties. Many walking trails and a place to rent bikes.... More

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Fort Snelling State Park is NOT the actual historical fort....THAT is down the road a bit further. The park is exactly that, a park. There is a fee to enter the park...we have a park membership (which gets you into all state parks free for 1 year) which was $25, but just a day pass is $5 per car I... More

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

My kids are at an age that it’s fun to explore local history when we travel. I felt like Ft. Snelling was quite the little gem as we learned a great deal of MN history as well as how it played a part in the nation. They had a ton of demonstrations and people dressed as the characters of the... More

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