Places To Go

A stone spring house stands over a reservoir.
Coldwater Spring has value for both wildlife and history enthusiasts.


The Mississippi River and Recreation Area is a national park that encompasses many areas of interest including state and regional parks, national wildlife refuges, and state scientific and natural areas. Following is a list of sites of interest to visitors. Follow the links to more information and how to best visit your preferred destinations. For a list of suggested activities, consider looking at our Things to Do page.

Once you've chosen a place to go, you have to get there. Use our Mississippi River Companion to find your way around the park by foot, bike, canoe, boat, or car. Use our interactive Mississippi River Trip Planner to map routes using public transit and rental bikes.


Alphabetical Listing of Places


Akin Riverside Park
Anoka County Riverfront Park
Ard Godfrey House


Banfille-Locke Center for the Arts
Battle Creek Regional Park
Boom Island
Brickyards, The (Lilydale)
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary


Coon Rapids Dam (east)
Coon Rapids Dam (west)
Coldwater Spring (NPS)
Crosby Farm Regional Park


Daytonport/Highway 10 Rest Area


Father Hennepin Bluffs
First Bridge
Fort Snelling State Park
Fountain Cave (inaccessible)


Gold Medal Park
Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center
Grey Cloud Island
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA


Harriet Island Regional Park
Hastings River Flats Park
Hidden Falls Regional Park
Historic Fort Snelling


Indian Mounds Regional Park
Islands of Peace


John H. Stevens House


Kaposia Indian Site
Kaposia Landing


Lambert's Landing
Lilydale Regional Park
Lock and Dam 1 (Ford Dam)
Lock and Dam 2
Longfellow House


Manomin Park
Marshall Terrace Park
Meeker Lock and Dam Historical Park
Mill City Museum
Mill Ruins Park
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
Minnesota Valley NWR
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park
Mississippi River Visitor Center
Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park


Nicollet Island
North Mississippi Regional Park


Peninsula Point Park
Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area
Pilot Knob


Riverside Park
River Warren Falls (historical)


Science Museum of Minnesota
Sibley House Historic Site
Spring Lake Park Preserve
St. Anthony Falls
St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center (NPS) and Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Stone Arch Bridge


Vento View Overlook
Vermillion River Bottoms


Water Power Park

Last updated: February 28, 2020

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Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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