HOW IT WORKS

  • Whether you walk, ride your bike, or rent a Nice Ride please enjoy this audio tour of the Mississippi River. Embarking on your journey is easy follow the directions at each Ranger On Call station and use your phone to hear the unique stories of our national park on the Mississippi River.
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    OUR TOURS

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    Bruce Vento Nature

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    ColdWater Spring

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    Downtown Minneapolis

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    Downtown Saint Paul

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    Fort Snelling

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    Hastings Riverfront

     

    Bruce Vento Nature

    Just minutes from the heart of Saint Paul you can find towering bluffs, spring-fed wetlands, and a restored prairie. The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary offers an escape from the city concrete and offers folks the story of a changing Minnesota.

     

    ColdWater Spring

    For centuries, Coldwater Spring has played an important role in the lives of people living along the Mississippi River. Today, it’s a national park boasting restored oak savanna and prairie. Take a walk and learn about its important place in Minnesota history.

     

    Downtown Minneapolis

    Home to the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, you’ll find the view of Saint Anthony Falls from the Stone Arch Bridge breathtaking. Explore this iconic spot nestled below the downtown skyline, and learn why Minneapolis used to be called the Mill City.

     

    Downtown Saint Paul

    The Mississippi River flows 2,320 miles—Harriet Island is a lovely place to learn about it. If you want to talk to a real park ranger, stop by the Mississippi River Visitor Center in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota—it’s free!

     

    Fort Snelling

    Come explore our state’s proud and sometimes painful history on this tour. Some of the sites it will lead you past are: Historic Fort Snelling, Coldwater Spring, and the lovely Minnehaha Falls.

     

    Hastings Riverfront

    The history of Hastings is intimately entwined with the Mississippi River. Jaycee Park boasts excellent fishing, boating, and bird watching opportunities. See wildlife such as bald eagles and eregrine falcons while enjoying a walk on the scenic Hastings riverfront.

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