The Landing

Visit The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park to discover how 19th-century Minnesotans established their lives on the frontier, farmstead and in villages. Historical buildings are laid out as a timeline from the pre-territorial era through the late 1800s.

Interactive Map of The Landing

the landing pdf map

Things to do

Hiking

Hiking

Person walking at The Landing

A one-mile turf trail takes hikers along the shore of the Minnesota River with some of the best bird watching in the Twin Cities. Hikers can also imagine the scores of travelers who have used the Minnesota Rivers as a route to explore the frontier and its bounty to provide for their families.

History Education

History Exploration

Interpreter writing with feather pen

Discover how 19th-century Minnesotans established their lives on the frontier, farmsteads and in villages. Historical buildings are laid out as a timeline from the pre-territorial era through the late 1800s. Explore the grounds by yourself, tour highlighted buildings with a costumed guide, or watch as costumed interpreters bring the past alive at living history events.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

People playing games at a picnic area

The Landing offers a general picnic area for families to stop, relax and snack.

A picnic shelter is available to rent, in addition to other scenic locations throughout the site for weddings, family reunions, corporate events and more.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Adult helping child put on showshoes

A one-mile trail offers scenic views of the river and some of the best bird watching in the Twin Cities. Rent old-fashioned snowshoes in the winter from the Visitor Center.

upcoming events

Aug. 11 & 12 | The Landing
Discover the world of bees and honey! Explore the history of bees and honey, and learn why bees are important to nature, gardens and farms. 

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Enjoy nighttime adventures under the magic of a full moon. Experience the beauty of the parks at night and see which creatures come out to greet you.

Click below to see upcoming programs and events at The Landing!

Visit The Landing

Visitors may walk the river trail and grounds for free. Tickets are required for participation in living history events and programs. Purchase tickets in the visitor center or in advance by calling 763.559.6700.

Tickets

Adults (ages 18-64), $8
Children (ages 2-17) and seniors (ages 65+), $5
Children under 2, free

Living History Days

Join scheduled tours, hands-on activities - maybe even meet someone right off the pages of history. Offered Wednesdays through Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend; Saturdays and Sundays, Labor Day weekend through October 30. Call 763.694.7784 for daily schedules.

Themed Living History Events

Explore more and immerse yourself in a different aspect of 1800s life in the Minnesota Valley at each event. Visit with costumed characters living in the frontier, farmstead, and village. Trolleys provide transportation through the site. Food concessions available. Offered year-round; see a list of upcoming events.

Visitor Center

The visitor center is located at the Main (east) Entrance of the park. When trolleys are not present, visitors should plan to walk 1-2 miles during their visit. The West Entrance parking lot is for scheduled school groups, site rentals, and select programs only. No dogs or bicycles are allowed.

Hours

 

April 1–May 27
Mon–Fri 10 AM–5 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
  May 28–Oct. 31
Mon–Fri 10 AM–5 PM
Sat 10 AM–5 PM
Sun Noon–5 PM
  Nov. 1–Dec. 31
Mon–Fri 10 AM–4 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
  Jan. 1–Mar. 31
Mon–Fri 10 AM–4 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Open for select weekend events.

Last entry is one hour before closing.

young boy wading in the water holding a net.

Register for Summer Camp

Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at The Landing, or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

Watch a video about The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park

Featuring the Minnesota River as a backdrop and the quaint architecture of yesterday, The Landing is the perfect place to make your wedding or group event memorable. Offering indoor and outdoor sites, you are sure to find the right spot for your celebration. This facility is also a unique spot for corporate events and youth groups.

Bring history to life. History Exploration Programs for all ages are offered onsite or at a location near you.

Three Rivers has numerous ways for teens to get involved. Become a counselor in training in The Landing's Youth Leader Program or explore other opportunities in the Teen Zone.

Volunteer

Three Rivers is always in need of volunteers. Sign up to help out at a park near you!

Folkways of the Holidays

Santa Claus talks with a family

The holidays are a time of deeply rooted traditions. See how 19th-century ethnic traditions of the past are still found today in decorations, celebrations and even the foods we eat. On December weekends, guests enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides along snowy lanes of candlelit homes and lively folk artist performances.

Students can learn about 19th-century holiday traditions during a weekday tour visiting stations in historic homes and buildings. To schedule a tour, call 763.694.7784.

Cultural Traditions

Celebrate the rich holiday traditions of these ethnic groups who settled in the Minnesota River Valley in the 19th century: American Christmas, American Civil War, Czech/Slovak, Finnish, French Canadian, German Moravian, German, Irish, Jewish, Norwegian, Swedish, Victorian

Follow The Landing

From cozy rooms at our visitor centers and nature centers to scenic outdoor settings, you'll find the perfect space for a birthday party, family reunion, Quinceanera, bridal shower, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah.

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