Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

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  • The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located in the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul.

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  1. Bike with a Ranger at Levee Park

    Bike with a Ranger at Levee Park

    20 Ramsey St
    Hastings, MN 55033
    Call: (651) 293-0200

    Join a National Park Service Ranger on a bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in Hastings and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river's character.

    This is a free event and open to the public. Registration is not required. Meet at Levee Park in Hastings at 5:45pm. When you arrive at the park with your bike, look for the National Park Service Ranger who will be in uniform with a bike.

    This is a partnership event with the City of Hastings Park and Recreation Department. Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any questions or concerns on the day of the event: 651-293-0200

  2. Bike with a Ranger at The Commons

    Bike with a Ranger at The Commons

    425 Portland Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Call: (651) 293-0200

    Come on out and bike with a ranger this summer! This program is a family-friendly way to explore the Mississippi River led by a park ranger. This ride will begin at The Commons in downtown Minneapolis where stops will be made to talk about the history of the river. Bikes and helmets will not be provided on this program.

    Space is limited to 20 people. Please register and plan to arrive 15 minutes early in order to start the event on time. Bring your own bike and helmet or rent one from a nearby bike sharing platform.

    Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any questions or concerns on the day of the event: 651-293-0200

  3. Murder on the Mississippi: a mystery riverboat theater

    Murder on the Mississippi: a mystery riverboat theater

    205 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55107
    Call: (651) 291-8164

    Part social event, part theater production, and all aboard the Jonathan Padelford! Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in collaboration with Fearless Comedy Productions, brings an immersive murder mystery theatrical experience to life, Murder on the Mississippi. Cruise down the Mississippi River while enjoying a beverage, taking in gorgeous scenery, and helping to solve a murder mystery on this unique riverboat experience. You are welcome to come dressed up in 1850s style!

    It's 1856 and traffic on the Mississippi River has reached an all-time high. Competition from the rail industry is increasing every year. Immigrants are moving north to the Minnesota Territory and the young towns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Board the Jonathan Padelford riverboat as it travels up the river from St. Louis and help stop a crime before it happens. Experience the diversity of the population that called the Mississippi river home during the mid 1800's and figure out who the killer is to save someone from murder!

    Ticket Price (general): $25.00
    Ticket Price (for members of Mississippi Park Connection): $20.00
    Learn more about membership and how you can support the National Park Service at www.parkconnection.org/membership

  4. Nighttime Nature Fun

    Nighttime Nature Fun

    5601 Minnehaha Park Dr S
    Minneapolis, MN 55417
    Call: (651) 291-8164

    Join park ranger Sharon Stiteler and entomologist Jessica Miller as they set up black lights and sheets to see what moths and insects visit Coldwater Spring at night. We might also hear other night active critters like deer, owls, raccoons or even coyotes.

    Take the trail from the main entrance at Coldwater toward the dog park. Head toward the big lights and that is where the fun will be underway.

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