Historic Fort Snelling
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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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 celebrations.
Admission to Fort Snelling is about $10 for adults and $5 for children; however, not all visitors feel that an afternoon at this living history museum is worth the entry fee. According to one TripAdvisor user: "Fort Snelling is an interesting site, but if you've seen any forts before, it's not necessary to pay $10.00 per adult admission to see this one. A fort is a fort is a fort: built per the standards of the U.S. Gov't, as all forts were, if you've seen one fort, then you've seen this one."
Thisfort neighbors the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and is only open to visitors during the summer months. For more information, check out the Fort Snelling website.