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“Well worth a stop”

Forest History Center
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Owner description: Discover the past, present and future of Minnesota's forests through guided tours of a 1900s era logging camp and hands-on environmental learning programs. Board the moored river "wanigan," a floating cook shack, take a seat on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman's cabin, climb a 100-foot fire tower and explore the site's self-guided trails.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Well worth a stop”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is a great interactive experience for families. It's run by the Minnesota Historical Society and is very well put together. We were greeted on the patio by a game of Tree Ring Jeopardy which the kids loved! The exhibits inside are very educational in a fun way. Outside you walk along the wooded path to a replica logging camp. There are real horses and people dressed in period costume in a kitchen, bunkhouse, smith shop, etc.. You can talk to them and ask questions.

It's a lot to take in and worth a couple of hours.

Visited August 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Loved It!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We spent over 3 hours touring the logging camp. We truly enjoyed visiting with the "cast of characters" and learning about life in a logging camp. They have done such a tremendous job in making this interesting and pleasant. Would definitely recommend.

Visited September 2013
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Laporte, Minnesota, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Father's Day Present”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I promised my dad I would take him to the FHS for Father's Day. We went on a Saturday in July, brought lunch to eat beforehand in the picnic area. The interpretive center was excellent, like a mini-museum. We didn't participate in any of the classes but took the tour to the recreated logging camp. There's discounts for Seniors ($7.00) and children. The "actors" or interpreters were all excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves. It might be a bit boring for very young children. I learned a lot and it was a fun day.

Visited July 2013
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Historically very well done”
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

The people do a great job and people who like history will love it. Workers dress and are always in character like Disney. They have special events for kids from time to time and unique experiences

Visited September 2012
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Grand Rapids
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Tour of old Loggig Camp”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Bring your kids, go with your family. Its entertaining and informative and some areas are even hands on. Definitely worth the effort.

Visited August 2012
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