Jan 02 2008

Historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul, MN

Ft Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling

At Hwys 5 and 55 near the airport, St. Paul, MN. 612-726-1171. www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hfs/
$8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17, 5 and under and MNHS members free. Free parking. Partially stroller accessible. Restrooms available.

On a very adventure-some day, the kids and I started off at the Sibley House Historic Site in Mendota, Minnesota, and then crossed the river to spend the afternoon at Fort Snelling. We parked in the lot and went to the visitor center, where we checked in and used the restroom before heading out to the fort.

A stroller at Fort Snelling is a mixed blessing. It comes in handy while getting to and around the actual fort, but there are some buildings that are not stroller accessible, or long alternate routes to get around stairs from one part of the fort to another. Still, it’s quite a little hike to get to the fort, so unless you have a good walker or don’t mind carrying a child for a ways, I’d recommend taking the stroller.

We started off at the schoolhouse, where we were given a short history lesson about the fort. Then we continued around the buildings of the diamond-shaped fort that overlooks the Minnesota River. The kids especially like the round tower with its circular staircase and lookout view. Costumed interpreters, ranging from the blacksmith to the governor to the storekeeper, were on hand in almost all of the buildings to visit with us and were very patient in talking with the kids and answering their questions.

The kids are already asking to go back to Fort Snelling. Hopefully Dad will be able to go along next time, as I think he’d really enjoy it as well.

I really liked going on all of the towers.  It was fun.  And hearing the muskets.  Boom!

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