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Mississippi River

Since Saint Paul has carried the best of its past into the present, no visit would be complete without a journey across the Mississippi River to Historic Fort Snelling, a stone fortress where you can relive the outpost life of early Minnesota.
The Minnesota Historical Society maintains a living history museum at the fort where costumed guides recreate the activities and ceremonies of everyday army life during the 1820s. After a hike through the fort, a short drive along the Mississippi will bring you to Saint Paul’s Harriet Island, where you can board a riverboat for an afternoon stern wheel cruise or a Dixieland dinner cruise.

Padelboat excursions are available from May through September aboard the Padelford Packet Boats, which board at Harriet Island across from downtown Saint Paul. Two-hour excursions are available as well as evening dinner cruises or Sunday morning brunch cruises.

The Delta Queen Steamboats arrive in Saint Paul, the northernmost port on the Mississippi, approximately eight to ten times during the summer months. After a boat ride, enjoy Harriet Island’s bike and walking paths, grand stair- case to the river, children’s playground, entertainment pavilions and picnic areas.

This downtown island has become the focal point of family fun and leisure activities in the Saint Paul community. Families can grill out, play catch or Frisbee or enjoy a lazy day of catch and release fishing, all on the Saint Paul riverfront.

The Minnesota Centennial Showboat provides a rare opportunity to take in a theatrical performance in a beautiful jewel box theater while floating on the Mighty Mississippi.

The Covington Inn Bed & Breakfast, which is permanently moored at Harriet Island, is the one of the only floating B&Bs on the Mississippi River. Harriet Island is also the site of several major festivals Taste of Minnesota over 4th of July weekend, the Irish Fair of Minnesota in August and the Minnesota Music Festival in September.

The Wabasha Street Freedom Bridge connects the downtown neighborhoods with the West Side as well as furnishing walkways and bike paths. This impressive landmark provides scenic overlooks and invites onlookers to appreciate the enchanting river vistas.

The Mississippi River
The Mississippi River

The Mississippi Queen
The Mississippi Queen



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