Explore Summer

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area offers a multitude of activities to keep you busy during the summer season. Listed below are a few of our featured summer activities. Make sure to check our Calendar for upcoming park and partner programs. If you have specific activity questions, contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200. We also offer programs to organized groups such as community centers and summer school groups.

Suggested Programs

BioBlitz 2016
Part contest, part festival, part educational event and part scientific endeavor, our BioBlitz brings together scientists, enthusiasts, and the curious from across the state time to document as much of the life of an area as possible in a 24-hour period. You can help our scientists collect this data. It's fun for the whole family.

Coldwater Spring 2nd Saturdays
Come explore Coldwater Spring with park rangers and volunteers on the second Saturday of each month from June through October. Programs are free and include numerous theme related activities for both kids and adults. See our Calendar for upcoming events as they are planned.

Fish with a Ranger
Want to learn more about fishing or renew fishing skills? Want to teach your kids how to fish? Then join us on one of our public fishing events.

Bike with a Ranger
Join ranger-led bike rides along the Mississippi River this summer. Rides include stops along the way to learn about the history, culture and natural features of the river.

Other Ideas
Don't forget to check our Calendar for other fun educational or recreational programming.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Visitor Center, which is staffed every day except Mondays. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1-2 days.

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