Fort Snelling

The old stone round tower of historic Fort Sne...
The old stone round tower of historic Fort Snelling, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Updated May 2014


Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00 pm and noon until 5:00 pm on Sunday’s until Labor Day
Prices: $11 for adults, $9 for college students, $6 for children 6 – 17
Location:  Minneapolis
Parking: Free
Coupons: none available at this time

Fort Snelling was once a lonely outpost on the American frontier. Soldiers and their families lived and died in this large stone structure that was built by the U.S. government to protect its interests in the fur trade. The fort has been restored to its 1830’s structure and is now a historic site where families can come to experience life as it was during this time.

Activities include tours, story telling and museums. Volunteers dressed in period clothing provide demonstrations of the different areas including the blacksmith and hearth cooking. There are games for the kids and a special scavenger hunt through history. Scheduled presentations of musket and cannon firing are very loud, but often one of the most remembered parts of the day. This living history style museum is large and will take  several hours to completely  explore. Most of it is outdoors so I can’t recommend attending when the weather is bad. This is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the richness of our local history.

The park is located at the junction of highway 5 and highway 55. Take the Bloomington Road exit and follow the signs to the historic site.
Tips for Visiting Fort Snelling
1.    Wear comfortable shoes. There is a lot of walking over uneven ground around the fort.
2.    Bring your own food as there isn’t a restaurant on site, though snacks are available at the gift shop
3.    Talk to the volunteers who are dressed in period clothing. They are good at staying in character and can answer many questions.
4.    Choose a nice day to visit as most of the fort is outside and the ground can get muddy after a rain.
5.    Bring a camera as the fort has a great view overlooking the river

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Here are some other fun places to visit in Minneapolis:

Schultz Lake Beach

MN Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Zoo

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