Living History in Minneapolis

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

Minneapolis and the surrounding area are blessed with a rich history. We are also blessed with a lot of fun places for kids to learn about that history. Most of these are open only seasonally and we are coming up on opening day for several. Here is a short list of some of my families favorite historical places to visit:

The Landing: This is a living history farm that shows how people who lived on a farm lived their lives 150 years ago here in Minnesota. There are frequent events at The Landing so be sure to check their calendar to see if there is anything of particular interest to your family.

Fort Snelling: This fort was built in the early 1820’s. They traditionally open Memorial Day weekend, but often hold events and lectures throughout the year. When they open there are volunteers who can show you how the fort and it’s many inhabitants lived and worked. Beware of the cannon though as it is very loud when it is fired.

Dakota Village: This 1900 era village is dedicated to showing families how a village lived.  However the village is not always about life in the 1900’s . There are several other historical events such as the upcoming WWII living history weekend in May. Be sure to check their events calendar for upcoming fun for your family.

If your family enjoys getting out to see historical places, but isn’t necessarily interested in a tour or seeing volunteers dress up you might consider these historic locations where you can research the history on your own.

Lillydale Park: This park is filled with fossils and is also home to brickyard ruins.

Indian Mounds Park: A small number of Native American burial mounds have been preserved in this park

Summit Ave: This street is filled with grand old homes.  Each has its own history and character. It is a popular walk on summer evenings and frequently tours are available.

Of course there are many more historical sites around the Twin Cities, but these are the ones my kids ask to go back to over and over again.

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