In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing. Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking. And there are plenty of visitor centers that highlight the history and science of the Mississippi River. If you are interested in the Mississippi, this is a great place to start!Make your Saint Paul itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Reviews
This is a cool national park describing the history of the Mississippi River and its relationship to the growth of these cities. We went to St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center and took a fascinating tour... more »
The park's Visitors' Center (very atypical Visitors Center for a Natl park) is in shared space with a children's museum; the rest of the park is made up of miles of land and trails ( not necessarily c... more »
Currently the Science Center is undergoing renovations, which is where the visitor center was located. They have a temporary visitor center set up by Saint Anthony Lock and Dam. If you park near Mill Park or Mill City Museum and walk towards the Lock and Dam site they have signs pointing you in the right direction. We loved seeing St. Anthony Falls and got a lot of useful information from the ranger up on the observation deck. Lots of great pictures and I got my National Park Passport book stamped!
A wonderful park to visit and explore. Multiple play areas and pavilions with walking paths. When you visit the first time stop in at the visitor center, and cross the dam to the other side before leaving. If you think that you will be back again stop at the gate before leaving to purchase a yearly pass. The yearly pass is actually good in multiple other countries making it an even better value.
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