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
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Plan Your Visit
Note: Please check park hours for the date and time you plan to visit.
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.
Take a self-guided tour and connect with the stories of the site through interpretive brochures, cell phone stops and signs.
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.
Things to do
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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|
|Nov. 1–March 31|
|Mon–Fri||10 AM–4 PM|
|April 1–May 27|
|Mon–Fri||10 AM–5 PM|
*Open for select weekend events.
Last entry is one hour before closing.
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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.
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