Visitor Services

Beginning in summer of 2016, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area will be representing both sides of the river! You can visit with National Park Service rangers at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam in downtown Minneapolis, or the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Mississippi River, get your NPS passport stamped, earn your junior ranger badge, or purchase an America the Beautiful pass – on both riverfronts!

Mississippi River Visitor Center 

Located inside the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, just off the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul, the Mississippi River Visitor Center offers a gateway experience on the Mississippi River. Visitors can talk with National Park Service rangers about recreational opportunities available in the park, get trip planning advice for other national park units, and learn about ongoing community events like Second Saturdays and River City Revue.

Upper St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center & Lock and Dam 

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2016, the National Park Service will begin operating the Upper St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center in downtown Minneapolis. Situated near Mill Ruins Park and the iconic Stone Arch Bridge, the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center is an ideal location for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area rangers to provide interpretation on the historical and cultural significance of this area. Visit us in Minneapolis through Labor Day and take a ranger-led tour with your friends! Scheduled tours are offered daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.