Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Designed as a green building, the visitor center takes advantage of natural lighting, cabinets made from shells of sunflower seeds, wheat, and recycled woods and plastics. The building's shape and the many windows are placed such that the Center can take full advantage of the light from outside, lowering the use of electricity.
Exhibits telling the story of the Mississippi River and the impact it had on the surrounding community are displayed at the center. Interpretive programs are offered year round with activities focusing on the Mississippi River.
Activities: A bicycle/walking trail extends along the entire length of the park. Bridges on both end connect to east bank trails. The park also has a picnic area and shelters, a wading pool and areas that are being restored to native prairie. A heron rookery can be seen on a mid-river island in the southern portion of the park.
Hours: The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless otherwise posted. The interpretive center is open year-round 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Please call for current hours.
Sites Nearby: River Ridge Park, Weber Park, Islands of Peace Park
Did You Know?
The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.