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Pond-Dakota Mission Park

401 East 104th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota 55420
Admission: $0.00
Free for everyone, unless otherwise noted.
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. 00:00 AM - 00:00 AM
Wed. Closed
Thu. Closed
Fri. Closed
Sat. Closed
Sun. 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
The Pond House is open Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p,m; The park is open daily Sunrise to 10:00 p.m.

Pond-Dakota Mission Park in Bloomington is built on the grounds of a former mission founded by brothers, Gideon and Samuel Pond. The historic 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, sits in the park. The park now is an education site where people can learn more about both the life of missionaries and the Dakota people of the mid-nineteenth century.

Pond-Dakota Mission Park

Image used with permission courtesy of Bloomington Parks and Recreation

Self-Guided Tours of Pond-Dakota Mission Park

Visitors who would like to learn more about this park's history can follow the walking trails in the park and read interpretive signs describing the history of the Dakota in the Minnesota River Valley, and Gideon and Samuel Pond. For private tours contact Mark Morrison, City of Bloomington
Parks and Recreation, 952-563-8693,

Sunday Open House at the Pond House

The Pond House is open on Sundays from 1:30 – 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $2 for adults. The weekly open houses often have special themes and are very family-friendly, which you can find on our Family Fun Calendar.

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