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Historic Fort Snelling

200 Tower Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55111 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Established in the early 19th century as a frontier outpost, Fort Snelling is the oldest structure in Minnesota. Its perch over the converging point of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers allowed it to successfully control trade routes in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Today, Fort Snelling acts as a living history museum, with costumed tour guides offering ample information on its past. During the summer, the fort hosts numerous history-themed events, including demonstrations, competitions and youth programs. 

While most recent visitors encouraged carving out some time in your itinerary for a stop here (especially if you're traveling with youngsters), others felt the tickets were a bit pricey for the experience. Admission to Fort Snelling is $11 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 to 17; children 5 and younger enter for free. This fort neighbors the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, meaning you'll be close enough to hear the planes taking off and landing — a common complaint from recent travelers. Another thing keep in mind: The site is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. From September to October, the fort is only open Saturdays from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. It's best to drive here, as the closest light-rail station is a 15-minute walk. Plus, there's free, on-site parking. For more information, check out the Fort Snelling website.

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