Many of the places, organizations, parks, and programs within or at the Mississippi Natonal River and Recreation Area. These are, however, some of our suggestions that we think families would really enjoy.
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park
The Mississippi Gorge Regional Park provide many recreational activities for the whole family. The park offers trails for biking and hiking on both sides of the river in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Picnic shelters along the Mississippi River are also scattered throughout the park and available free of charge.
North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Family-friendly activities are often offered free of charge by the staff of the North Mississippi Regional Park. 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. Autumn is a wonderful time to visit when the mapeles are in color. Visit the Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center.
Water Power Park
206 Main St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Water Power Park celebrates the location of the first commercial hydro-electric plant in the United States. Visitors can get close to St. Anthony Falls and feel its power. Numerous interpretive exhibits are located along the way. There is no fee to visit, but hours are limited. There are also no restrooms in the park, but there are restaurants across the Main Street SE.