Mississippi River Visitor Center
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
120 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul, MN 55102
In the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Activities: There is a wide variety of programming at the Visitor Center, including videos about the Mississippi National River and Recreation and other parks within the National Park system, interactive exhibits, reading nook, Junior Ranger program, Story Time with a Ranger, and Mississippi River Gallery talks. Exhibits explain Mississippi River culture, biology, and history. Call 651-293-0200 for more information.
Visitors may also seek advice about the many recreational opportunities within the park. Hiking, biking, canoeing and boating, fishing, birding, or skiing and snowshoeing are all popular activities. (Free fishing equipment can be checked out at the Visitor Center.) Rangers can also provide trip planning advice to any of the approximately 400 National Park units.
This is also a good place to learn about the park's scheduled programming. Popular activities include Bike with a Ranger, Fish with a Ranger, ranger-led hikes and many other programs. Check our Schedule of Events regularly for upcoming events. Please note that we have transferred selected merchandise to the Explore Store just across the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota and discontinued sales of other items at the Visitor Center. We continue to sell America the Beautiful passes at the visitor center.
Hours and Contact Information: Please see Operating Hours and Seasons.
Arriving: The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota near downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Parking is available at the Museum's parking garage on Chestnut Street and MetroTransit has bus stops on many different routes converging in downtown St. Paul within a few blocks of the Visitor Center.
Did You Know?
The Mississippi River is approximately three feet deep at its headwaters at Lake Itasca and has an average surface speed of 1.2 miles per hour.