Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area encompass more than 60 state and national facilities along the Mississippi River corridor. Tour the dam at Minneapolis' St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center and then learn more about the river and its history at the Mississippi River Visitor Center located in St. Paul's Science Museum of Minnesota. Then, let your interests guide you to your next destination as you explore history, go fishing, explore trails, paddle a canoe, and enjoy much more at various locations. There are also great places to take photos. While some activities, like snowmobiling and wildflower viewing, are seasonal, there are many activities that you can do at any time. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

When you plan your trip to the Mississippi River and Recreation Area, you will want to consider the season. In the spring, go on a bike ride at Coon Rapids Dam, watch the birds at Fort Snelling State Park, and see the wildflowers at Crosby Farm Regional Park. Once summer arrives, take advantage of the Paddle Share Program to go on a Mississippi River canoeing adventure or the Nice Ride Program to go on a bike tour with a park ranger. Fall is the perfect time to see the autumn colors at Battle Creek Regional Park, at Minnehaha Regional Park, or along the Windchime Trail. This park is a fantastic place to explore in the winter when you can see white-tail deer at Fort Snelling State Park and eagles at Hasting's River Flats Park. 

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How To Get To Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

A great way to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is to start at the visitor center inside the Science Center of Minnesota. If you are visiting the state capital, then it is easy to get to this location. Start by going south on Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and turn right on John Ireland Boulevard. In 0.4 miles, turn left on Kellogg Boulevard, and the destination will be on your right in about 0.7 miles. 


120 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102

Fee: Entry fee

There is no charge to enter the park, but some site and museums within the area may have fees.

Over 60 locations make up the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. You can find so much to do there that it would be easy to fill up a week or more with activities. That's why you should bring your RV. If you do not have one, then rent one on RVshare.com. That way, you can quickly get from one site to another so that you can explore all this area has to offer.