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 preterritorial era through the late 1800s.

Interactive Map of The Landing

the landing pdf map

Things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

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0.7 miles

Explore The Landing's historic village by bike!

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

A man walks two dogs on leashes on a paved trail.

1.7 miles

Take your pup out on the one-mile River Trail that meanders along the shore of the Minnesota River or on the paved trail through the historic village.

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

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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

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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

Ongoing | The Landing
Meet the farm animals and learn about historic farming in the Minnesota River Valley.

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Brush up on your history knowledge on a guided bike ride! Learn about the Lake Minnetonka in the Gilded Age or take a Bricks and Beer tour through the Minnesota River Valley.

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

Visit The Landing

Self-Guided Exploration

The park grounds and trails are open daily for self-guided exploration. Access to the park is free, though it does not include access inside the historic buildings. When visiting The Landing, please use the Main (west) Entrance. From here, visitors should plan to walk 1–2 miles during their visit. 

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. See a list of upcoming events.

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

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.

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.

Give to The Landing

Do you love The Landing? Consider supporting it with a donation.

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