Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Directions

Hours

Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
Sept-Oct:
Sat 10 am-5 pm
 

Admission

  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 active military w/ID and their family
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Free parking

 

Contact

612-726-1171

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2016 May 1

Weather Forecast
 

Fort Snelling Upper Post Tours

Fort Snelling Upper Post Tours

Sun, May 29, 2016
Sun, June 12, 2016
Sun, July 3, 2016
Sun, August 14, 2016

During WWII, over 300,000 members of Minnesota’s "Greatest Generation" began their military careers at Fort Snelling. They were introduced to military life, were tested and assigned to units, and finally sent on to training bases around the country. Military police and railroad engineers, as well as translators of the Military Intelligence Service Language School received their specialized training at Fort Snelling.

Friends of Fort Snelling tours take about 2 hours and cover various aspects of Fort Snelling's 20th century history, including officers' row and administrative areas (walking and architectural tours), as well as the stables and warehouse district (biking tours).

Walking Tours
Sun, May 29
Sun, Aug 14
 
This is a walking tour and will cover rough terrain. For those that want to take the light rail to the tour, Headquarters building is just a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling Light Rail Station on the blue line. 
 
Tour will take about 2 hours and will cover officers' row, the barracks, administrative buildings, and drill fields along Taylor Avenue. 
 
Biking Tour
Sun, June 12
Tour will take about 2 hours and will cover officers' row, the barracks, administrative buildings, and drill fields along Taylor Avenue, the warehouse & stables district along Bloomington Road, as well as a little Whiskey at the end. 
 
This is a biking tour and will cover rough terrain. Don't have a bike? No problem, Nice Ride kiosks are available at Historic Fort Snelling and Fort Snelling State Park. For those that want to take the light rail to the tour, Headquarters building is just a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling Light Rail Station on the blue line.
 
**NEW** Murder Mystery Walking Tour
Sun, July 3
 
Tour will take about 2 hours and will cover officers' row, the barracks, administrative buildings, and drill fields along Taylor Avenue. This special tour includes the story of a 1940 murder mystery. 
 
This is a walking tour and will cover rough terrain. For those that want to take the light rail to the tour, Headquarters building is just a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling Light Rail Station on the blue line.
 
 
Tours start at 9 AM in front of the HQ building (with the clock tower) unless otherwise listed. 
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water!
 
Admission is FREE to the public. No reservations needed!
 
Questions?
Call 651.964.9682 or email president@fortsnelling.org
 
This program is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Snelling, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Fort Snelling area.

 

To learn more about the Upper Post and current preservation efforts, please visit http://www.upperpost.org/index.html

 

Check for upcoming walking tours.

Image Gallery

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Friends of Fort Snelling
Guests led behind the fence to explore some surviving buildings.
The headquarters building.
Historians and architects lead tours about different aspects of the post.
Fort Snelling Upper Post Tours
Knowledgeable volunteer tour guides help bring the fort's WWII history to life.
Officers' Row
Using the buildings, costumed guides explain the fort's role during WWII.
Tours are a great opportunity for teachers and students, as well as families.
Surviving members of "Merrill's Marauders" received a VIP tour in 2013