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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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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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This park is in two parts; th ehistory fort and the park ground down the bluff. The urban park offers and well kept wooded area along the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers. This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This park is in two parts; th ehistory fort and the park ground down the bluff. The urban park offers and well kept wooded area along the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers. This fort taks you back when Minn. was on the frontier. One big down turn of the park is all the air plane traffic. If there was no planes,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our young kids there to visit the beach and otherwise enjoy nature. The 'beach' wasn't really anything you could enjoy but to look at. There really weren't many open areas either. This park seems ideal for hiking or other nature camps or groups, but not a whole lot of amenities for young kids or families.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful trails, great history and interesting exhibits. The parking is free, but the cost of the tickets is a bit hefty. Also, while it says wheelchair accessible, please bear in mind it is gravel.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

My wife and I regularly visit this park. We go mostly for long walks. The park offers a variety of trails to meet the needs of most hikers. This is one of the few parks where we encounter many bicycle riders. The park also has a large swimming area. It is not a great place for fishing in mid summer,... More 

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Chaska, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We love visiting the state parks and our working our way through the passport in hopes of visiting all of them. This park is right by the airport and has lots of trails, a beach, fishing pier and sports fields. I'm sure in the summer it is great for families. We came for the historical aspects and expected there to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

We visited this on a day long visit to the Fort Snelling area. we had tour books and history books with us and tried to tie in certain state history events to places there. Unfortunately there is not comprehensive signage or paths with numbers and narratives printed or something that we could find. While visiting in the first warm days... More 

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Goshen, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Fort Snelling State Park is a must-see for those interested in frontier history and civil rights. The fort is a great example of what it was like to live and work at an outpost in the 1800s and my understanding of the history of Dred Scott would be incomplete had I not visited this site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Lots of trails, some along the Mississippi River. A charming little lake with lots of picnic facilities and a swimming beach, Topped off by a great visitor/interpretive center. Those who enjoy the thrill of watching low flying planes approach the runway will often times be rewarded.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

It's not huge, but it is very pretty. We saw an eagle (bald), as we drove in which is and always will be a thrill for me. There were deer and the scenery was very nice. I walked out on the pier into the lake and boy, was it windy. Even so there was a peace and calm, to it.... More 

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Minot, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This was a great historic site with some friendly animators and excellent canon and musket/marching demonstrations. The woman giving information on Dred Scott was particularly knowledgeable. A great choice for learning some of Minnesota's history!

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