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.


Updates & FAQs

Our parks and trails are open! Please remember to practice social distancing while enjoying the outdoors. For the safety of our guests and employees, our buildings are closed. 

Interactive Map of The Landing

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Things to do



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.



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.

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.


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

The visitor centers are closed.

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.


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.

Kids follow an instructor into a prairie.

Summer Camps

Find adventure this summer at a Three Rivers summer camp! Choose from camps on history, science, nature and more! See camps at The Landing or view all Three Rivers summer camps.

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.


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.

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 47–49: Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter swans are now a common sight in the Twin Cities area, but they weren't always. In this month's episodes, learn all about North America's largest waterfowl, their history in Minnesota, and how scientists are working to better understand them.

the three rivers blog

November 04, 2019

Minnesota is home to seven species of bats, but they don't all approach winter the same way. Read on to learn how bats survive our coldest months of the 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.

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.

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