History Exploration

Today you can uncover the life and times of a legendary wilderness guide or follow a family of immigrants on their long journey to Minnesota. Investigate the farmstead that transformed the Upper Midwest into America’s Dairy Belt, or relax lakeside on a Gilded Age estate whose majestic gardens have been inspiring guests for over a century. By exploring history, you’ll unlock the stories of life on this land and see how it still influences us today.

Upcoming Events

Literary Thrills and Chills

Oct. 17-Nov. 1 | The Landing
Go on a self-guided mysterious and eerie scavenger hunt based around the gothic authors of the 19th century who created many of the ghosts, witches and monsters that still give us goosebumps today.

In Three Rivers, having fun doesn't have to cost a thing. From free parking to free activities to free programs and events, find your adventure!

All Programs and Events

Upcoming history exploration programs and events.

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 66-68: Spiders

Learn all about spiders, their webs and even their brains! Listen in as we clear up myths about spiders, and learn how you can help with spider research.

The Three Rivers Blog

May 19, 2020

For centuries, parks have provided people an outlet from the stress of daily life. Learn about the history of parks in the U.S., including Three Rivers Parks, as places for relaxation and leisure.

December 09, 2019

Winter solstice falls on December 21 and marks the shortest day of the year. Discover solstice stories told around the world and explore ancient celebrations honoring this magical time of year.

April 03, 2019

Did you know that nature is at the very heart of the story of how the Twin Cities came to be? Like this year’s spring floods, it all started with an extreme buildup of snow and ice. Learn about the series of events that led to the founding of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Other Things To Do

Educational Farming

Educational Farming

A young girl waters plants in a greenhouse.

At Three Rivers, those who might not have an opportunity to see the ins and outs of a real working farm get a chance to learn where their food comes from, meet some animals and explore farm life at Gale Woods.

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

View of garden columns

Take in the beauty of the colorful blooms. Smell the sweet, fragrant flowers. Breathe in the fresh air. Relax to the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves. Our formal gardens at Noerenberg are meticulously maintained to offer visitors a spot of breathtaking beauty and serenity.

Nature Education

Nature Education

A naturalist shows a jar of pond water to a young boy.

If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, visit Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson nature centers. You can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe the unique characteristics of different wildlife species up close, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal. 

Play Area

Play Areas

Colorful play area with slides and climbing strutures

Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.

Art Education

Art Education

a woman making pottery on a wheel.

Silverwood Park offers nature-inspired art programs for children and adults.

Archery

Archery

A woman aims a bow and arrow at a target.

Stationary ranges at Elm Creek and Carver Park Reserve offer targets at a variety of distances, as well as a shooting tower. Or test your marksmanship with a walk-through range featuring multiple shooting stations. Open year-round.