Fort Snelling State Park

In the area

From Explore MN Tourism

Programs & Services

Park Office

Office is located about 1/4 mile from park entrance.

Visitor Center

2 miles from the park entrance

The Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center has interpretive exhibits, meeting rooms, flush toilets and a gift shop. The building is open year-round and also serves as a warming house in winter. A sheltered area with picnic tables is adjacent to the center on one side of the building. An amphitheater is adjacent to the facility on the opposite end of the building. Wheelchair accessible.

Interpretive Exhibit

Visitor Center

Exhibits focus on the history and resources of the area. Naturalist programs are offered year-round. Check at the park office and the visitor center for a schedule of programs.

Naturalist Programs

Visitor Center

Programs offered year round. Programs are also available to school groups upon request. Call 612-725-2724.

Historic Site

Historic Fort Snelling/Sibley Historic Site

Visitors can hike up to Historic Fort from the park. The Sibley Historic Site is a 3-mile drive from park. Both sites are operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and are open to the public May through September.


Historic Fort/Sibley Historic Site

Tours are offered at the historic sites by the Minnesota Historical Society. Tours are offered May through September. There is a fee for these tours.

Gift Shop

Visitor Center

The Nature Store, located in the visitor center, carries State Park merchandise, books and gifts. Store hours vary; call park for availability 612-279-3550.


Within one mile

Closest grocery stop is a gas station mini mart about one mile from park.


Canoe, snowshoes

Please visit park office.

Ice Sales

Within one mile

Ice is available at a gas station mini mart a mile from the park.


Within three miles

Numerous restaurants close to the park.

Public Phones

Park Office

Pay phone outside park office. Wheelchair accessible.


Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel

Geocaching Demo Park

Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel is owned by the State of Minnesota and administered by Fort Snelling State Park. The chapel is available for weddings and funerals. For rental information call 612-279-3555, Tuesday through Saturday.

Bring your own GPS unit or use one of the park's hand-held units for free. As time permits, park staff will be available to give you helpful tips and geocaching information.