Explore Summer

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Things to Do


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.


Paddle Share - Kayak Rentals on the Mississippi

Don't have a boat, but have some experience in paddling? Want to get on the water and experience the river from that perspective? The Mississippi River is a great paddling experience and we can help you get on the river with the Paddle Share program.

Take a Hike

There are lots of places to go hiking. Check out our Walks and Hiking page and find a strenuous hike or an easy walk.

Take a Bike Ride

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area contains miles of bicycle paths. Check out our Bicycling page for ideas of where to go. Don't have a bike? Check out the Nice Ride rental program.

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.

Last updated: July 21, 2017

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 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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