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

Plan Your Visit

Note: Please check park hours for the date and time you plan to visit.

30 Minutes

Go for a walk from the visitor center to the village of Eagle Creek and back. It is about one-mile round trip to and from the depot. Or, for about 1.5 miles round trip, continue north at the depot towards the river and go past the church and Minnesota River overlook. Connect back with the main road by the Cobber’s House & Shop to head back to your car. The route is along a gravel road that is mostly flat.

2 Hours

Take a self-guided tour and connect with the stories of the site through interpretive brochures, cell phone stops and signs.

All Day

Immerse yourself in 19th-century life at a living history event. Explore the buildings and meet costumed interpreters. Pack a picnic lunch or buy concession food onsite.

See 30-minute, 2-hour and all-day ideas for more parks!

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

Sept. & Oct. | Multiple Locations
Learn the basics of archery and give shooting a try!

Sept. 24 & Oct. 22 | The Landing
On the first Tuesday of the month, explore a new historical topic while you sip a drink and socialize with others. 

October | Multiple Locations
Try cidering with an old-fashioned press, discover the history of cidering, learn to make your own hard cider, and more!

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

Visit The Landing

Visitors may walk the river trail and explore the park grounds for free. Tickets are required for participation in living history events and programs, and to access the interior of the historic structures. 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 Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. 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. Offered year-round; see a list of upcoming events.

Self-Guided Exploration

The park grounds and trails are open for self-guided exploration on weekdays throughout the year. Access to the park for self-guided exploration is free, though it does not include access inside the historic buildings. Stop in at the Visitor Center for a trail map and other self-guided activity guides.

Visitor Centers

There are two visitor centers at The Landing – one at the Main (east) Entrance of the park, and another at the park’s West Entrance. On weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, and for select programs and special events throughout the year, use the West Entrance, which provides easy access to the 1889 village.

For self-guided exploration on weekdays throughout the year, use the Main (East) Entrance. From the Main (East) Entrance, visitors should plan to walk 1–2 miles during their visit. Bicycles are not allowed.

Hours

On weekdays, the historic buildings are not open to visitors, but the grounds are open for hiking and self-guided walks. To tour the inside of the buildings and interact with costumed characters, please visit on open weekends or register for a program.

  Sept. 3–Oct. 31
Mon–Fri 10 AM–5 PM
Sat *Closed
Sun *Closed
  Nov. 1–March 31
Mon–Fri 10 AM–4 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
  April 1–May 27
Mon–Fri 10 AM–5 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed


*Open for select weekend events.

Last entry is one hour before closing.

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Ice Harvesting

By: Tim Graf

January 21, 2019

Have you ever wondered how food and drinks were kept cold in the years before electric refrigeration? Learn more about the history of the ice harvesting industry and try it out for yourself at Ice Harvesting Day on January 26.

December 03, 2018

Have you ever wondered why we “deck the halls with boughs of holly” each December or why we light Hanukkah menorahs on midwinter nights? Read on for more about the unknown stories and history behind some of our holiday traditions.

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!

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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