Fort Snelling State Park

Fort Snelling State Park, Saint Paul: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Fort Snelling State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Fort Snelling State Park
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Historic Sites • State Parks • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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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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Jake
Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
Fun Sunday hike! Dog friendly too.
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I hiked the Pike Island loop in February. It was about 45 degrees and sunny so things were melting quite a bit. The loop is about 3.5 miles all together and it took us about two hours. It runs right along the Mississippi River so the view is very pretty. Since it’s Minnesota, it is very flat. We wished there was a bit more elevation change but we had fun anyway. We brought our dog who had an absolute blast. There’s so much more to explore at Fort Snelling State Park than just the Pike Island loop. We look forward to exploring more. We live in Minneapolis so it’s only about 20 minutes to the park. All other state parks are at least an hour away. We will be back!
Written March 1, 2020
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Andy M
Saint Paul, MN399 contributions
Not to be confused with the Fort at the top of the bluff, great hiking here- a hidden gem!
Aug 2019
Many people have no idea Fort Snelling State Park is there. It is under the Fort area at the bottom of the bluff along the river. It has wonderful hiking, and is an awesome place to go on a hot summer day.
Written February 1, 2020
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5,799 contributions
Average
Oct 2019 • Friends
The visitor center at Fort Snelling is permanently closed. Visited this state park because of it’s history. Fort Snelling is strategically located because of which one gets good views of the surroundings. Was disappointed not to see good fall colors during the second weekend in October.
Written October 21, 2019
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mncharder
1 contribution
Fort Snelling Hike
Sep 2019
Fort was not open the visitor center permanently closed. Hiked down along the river path was nice some areas closed due to the unusually high water this year. Would go again for the hiking trail alone regardless of the Fort and visitor Center being closed.
Written October 21, 2019
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Jeff S
White Bear Lake, MN97 contributions
Less than impressed...
Aug 2019 • Family
We took our grandsons to Ft. Snelling for a Saturday outing. We had been there years ago and found the experience to be quiet positive. This visit seemed to lack energy and struggled to hold our attention, not to say anything about our grandsons. It seemed like those enacting the parts of the fort's residents were just going through the motions, though some were better than others. The highlight of the day for this old man was the interactive center and the WW II history. Maybe a different day would have been better, hope so...
Written August 31, 2019
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,505 contributions
Great docents!
Aug 2019 • Couples
Just a few miles from the airport, stopped on our way to our downtown hotel. If you like history, you’ll enjoy the well-curated exhibits and buildings. The state’s oldest home is here, along with great views from the fort’s towers. You’ll learn about Dred Scott and more. Docents dressed in period garb are readily available to tell you all about life back in the fort’s heyday. Watch the orientation video at the visitor center where you buy tickets first. Then walk or take the golf shuttle to the actual fort. We thought this would be a 30-minute stop but we spent 90 minutes! Parking is free.
Written August 30, 2019
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wayne102018
54 contributions
Fort Snelling
Jun 2019 • Couples
We love going here. This historic fort is a great place to explore. This is an event for the whole family and will take an afternoon to do it right. Highly recommend.
Written July 8, 2019
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KDR
60 contributions
Awesome spot for hiking, history and re-enactments!
Jun 2018 • Family
We’ve been on some fabulous tours here. Not all of history is pretty and Fort Snelling does a great job of showing it off realistically. Also, a beautiful place to hike around and explore.
Written March 31, 2019
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jetalcott
Gold Coast, Australia547 contributions
Visiting the Frontier
Aug 2018 • Couples
Today, Minnesota and the Mississippi River are the middle of the continental USA. But in the early 19th century, this was the frontier. The Fort captures life in that very different time. I left wondering how soldiers survived the cold of Minnesota Winters. Of course, the human history of the area goes back 10,000 years and the stories of the aboriginal people are also told in this park.
Written December 12, 2018
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Lenise B
Minneapolis, MN107 contributions
Beautiful escape
Jul 2018 • Family
I've lived in the metro area for 35 years and only recently discovered this gem of a state park in our midst this year. Great hiking trails, a trek to Fort Snelling, and an escape from the urban area are all things that make this trip worthwhile.
Written December 11, 2018
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