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

Fishing / Fishing Pier


Fishing pole and bobber

Take the hiking trail along the Minnesota River to get to your favorite fishing hole. A Minnesota fishing license is required.



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.

upcoming events

Dec. 30–March 2 | Various Locations
Try snowshoeing for the first time in a beginner lesson or head out on a guided trek to explore the winter wilderness. Find a program that interests you!

March 3–26 | Various Locations
Drop your little one at a syrup-themed preschool program, attend a maple syrup festival or take a class on making your own syrup! Browse all syruping programs.

March 24–31 | Various Locations
Whether it’s hunting for hidden eggs along a wooded trail, meeting live animals, making art, or taking part in a Victorian Egg Roll, enjoy spring in Three Rivers Parks.

Find an event at The Landing, or click below to see upcoming programs!

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.


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.



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.

Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Summer camp registration is now open. 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.

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

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


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

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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