Twin Cities Metro Area
The Twin Cities Metro Area offers tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities. This unique urban area features three rivers, a multitude of beautiful lakes, and an amazing web of scenic hiking trails. There is also now a "Wilderness Youth Campsite" at Ft. Snelling State Park that Wilderness Inquiry was proud to help establish with our friends at the Minnesota DNR. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recently received #1 rankings by the Trust for Public Lands on their fabulous park systems. Join us in exploring the great city, county, regional, state, and federal park systems in our own backyard. The combination of beautiful natural resources, countless recreational opportunities, and a close-to-home location makes these parks an excellent choice for creating lasting memories with your family or group. Join us canoeing, fishing, hiking, camping, and more.
- Camp in comfortable tents and enjoy outdoor cuisine in the metro area
- Perfect for families, school groups, and beginners
- Introduce family and friends to cultural and historical gems at local parks
- Paddle our 24-foot Voyageur canoes on the Mississippi River or nearby lakes
- Explore waterways and park trails through a custom adventure for your group
- Day trip options available for families, schools, or corporate events
Featuring two cities that tied for first in the Trust for Public Land's annual ranking of metro park systems, the Twin Cities offer great access to local green spaces for camping and weekend activities. These local trips are great for families, providing introductory experiences from day paddles to overnight camping. We offer the Fort Snelling State Park overnights throughout the summer and can also arrange custom trips to other local parks.
- Take the family out on an immersive wilderness experience right in the heart of the Twin Cities. Hike, swim, and camp at Historic Fort Snelling. This trip provides a highly affordable weekend getaway and an opportunity to introduce your kids to camping.
2 Days: Trip Fee $60 Youth Fee $30
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Call us to arrange one of these trips for your group:Get a taste for canoeing on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes in one of our signature Voyageur canoes. During this day trip, you will learn how to work together to power the 24-foot canoes while also learning the natural history of the lakes.
Standard 1 day itinerary that can be customized
Itinerary Details Request Trip QuoteWe have several three-day overnight camping trip options available to different Twin Cities metro area parks, making this a popular and convenient option. You will explore your local parks by hiking, canoeing, or swimming and enjoy camp comforts such as campfires, s’mores, and fireside stories
Standard 3 day itinerary that can be customized
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Event Name 2018 Dates Fee Registration Mother’s Day Chain of Lakes Paddle and Picnic 5/13/18 $45 ($30 Youth) Register Now Lake Elmo Park Reserve Overnight — Gateway 6/9-6/10/18 $95 ($95 Youth) Register Now Fort Snelling State Park Family Overnight 6/23-6/24/18 $60 ($30 Youth) Register Now Lake Elmo Park Reserve Overnight — Gateway 7/14-7/15/18 $95 ($95 Youth) Register Now Fort Snelling State Park Family Overnight 8/11-8/12/18 $60 ($30 Youth) Register Now Fort Snelling State Park Overnight — Gateway 8/25-8/26/18 $60 ($30 Youth) Register Now
The landscapes of the Twin Cities metropolitan area have been shaped over time by the elements that define our region: snow and water. Everywhere you look in Minnesota there is evidence of our glacial past. Since the glaciers moved onward, humans have taken over and directed the modern history of the land.
Evidence suggests that people have lived in the region for almost 12,000 years. Throughout this history, the major rivers in the area have served for navigation, and travel, and for fishing and hunting. The lakes and prairies that dominate the oak savanna ecosystems of southern and central Minnesota have also offered excellent fishing and hunting.
Eventually, these regions offered excellent farming conditions to the people of the area as well. All of these conditions came together creating the potential to harness the power of the Mississippi River for energy and shipping in the 19th century. This resulted in a milling boom in the in the Twin Cities area. The industrial growth spurred a population boom and the need to preserve open spaces became apparent. Many urban areas across our nation have struggled to scrape together park spaces, which are few and far between. Long ago, residents of the Twin Cities began planning for the future, and we have them to thank for the wonderful park systems alive today.