Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge3815 American Boulevard E
Bloomington, MN 55425
Visitor Center and Offices are at 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington. Please check website for various trailhead locations.Get Directions
Visit Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge any time of the year to enjoy natural habitats of Minnesota wildlife. Prairies, wetlands, bottom land forests and other woodlands provide a peek at wildlife on the edge of the Twin Cities urban community.
The Refuge offers free public programs, hiking, wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, some natural surface trail biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (no groomed trails) throughout 8 main units stretching along the Minnesota River from Ft. Snelling to Jordan. Two visitor and education centers provide orientation to activities in nature.
At the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, visitors can enjoy exhibits, videos, an art gallery, bird feeding station and nature store; or hike trails and view the valley from the overlook. Access the Visitor Center from 34th Avenue, south of Highway 494.
The Bloomington Education and Visitor Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday September-May; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday June - August. Trails are open to the public sunrise to sunset, year round.
The Rapids Lake Education Center near Carver is used for school groups by reservation through our Environmental Education program. Trails are open to the public sunrise to sunset, year round.
Free admission to visitor centers and refuge lands. Brochures and information are available at visitor centers and parking areas throughout the refuge.
Hours & DatesOutdoor areas: year round, open sunrise to sunset. Education Centers hours vary with season, please check website for details.
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 146 reviews
Really enjoyed the collection of exhibits and animals! Nice place to spend a day and relax! Hope to visit more often in the future!
— Y2777APnicks, October 13, 2020
Most people I saw had their masks and kept socially distanced. The visitor center was closed. Trails were kept clean and clear. I did get mosquito bites. So I’d recommend using bug spray before you...
— colettea342, September 23, 2020
A surprise find just a mile from the Mall of America. Spectacular view of the Minnesota River from a look out area outside the administration building. Beautiful walk along a sea of wetlands. Trail...
— 874AndrewE, June 15, 2020
I was mainly here to check out the Old Cedar Ave Bicycle /pedestrian bridge. The bridge was closed for a number of years. It has now been restored and reopened. This is a good way for bicyclists to...
— Steven S, April 13, 2020
Wildlife next to major urban center abundance of wildife, esp. birds, but mammals as. well Excellent biking as well as hiking trails
— Dave W, April 13, 2020