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North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis

4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis,
763.694.7693
Admission: $ 0.00
Hours of Operation:
Monday 06:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tuesday 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Details:


Little Grasshopper at North Mississippi Regional Park

Little Grasshopper at North Mississippi Regional Park

North Mississippi Regional Park is hidden behind the I-94 freeway wall and offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding woods and prairie. The park was formerly held jointly between the Minneapolis Park Board and Three Rivers Park System, but it has recently been shifted entirely to Minneapolis Parks. Families can find and register for park programs through MPRB Online Recreation Services.

Life-size Lincoln Logs in North MississippiNorth Mississippi is the home of the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center and is a favorite of my children. You can read more about the interpretive center at the link above.

The walk from the interpretive center to the play area is through a beautiful prairie. If you choose to follow it, the path winds full-circle back to the building following along the river on the way back. There is wildlife to see if you look and places to stop and explore, including a life-size Lincoln log area. I'm not certain it was meant for climbing on, but we did.Playground at North Mississippi Regional Park

The playground equipment is pretty standard, but the wading pool/splash pad is beautiful. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and closes on Labor Day. The playground and  pool area also offers picnic space. There is not a lot in the way of nearby restaurants, but there is room to grill if you bring your own food. The interpretive center also sells a few snacks.

In the summer, watch for the Nature Pop-Up Education Station while you’re at the playground or splash pad.

This website has info about parks like North Mississippi Regional ParkThis would be a good park to bring the bikes and take a family bike ride. It has bike trails running through it that connect with other city trails. Whether biking or walking, watch for deer, fox, beavers, otters, muskrats, woodchucks, chipmunks and other small rodents. It is also a good place to bird watch. You may spot raptors, including bald eagles and red-tailed Ahawks; waterfowl; wading birds like the great blue heron and a variety of songbirds.

Free Snowshoeing Winter Weekends

Beginning December 22, 2018 as long as the snow conditions cooperate, NMRP will host free snowshoeing on Saturdays and Sundays. Families can check out snowshoes to explore the park! Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. However, because it is dependent on snow conditions, registering is a good way to be kept informed of conditions. Saturdays 11am-1pm Sundays 1-3pm.

Coming Soon: Nature Play Area and Adventure Trail

Watch for construction at this park. A new nature play area and adventure trail are in the works next to the interpretive center. You may have noticed that there is already a giant Lincoln Log structure in that area. With a goal to foster imagination and connection with nature, MPRB will be using more materials like logs, sticks, rocks and water to add to this natural theme.

Also planned for the park is an "adventure trail". It will feature dynamic components to entice hikers to climb, hop, run, swing, and jump their way through the park. Of course, the park trails already offer plenty of fun, especially when paired with the adventure packs available at the nature center.

While we wait for these additions to NMRP, there are several other Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities ready to check out now.


Tot Lot at North Mississippi Regional Park

Tot Lot at North Mississippi Regional Park

Birthday Parties at North Mississippi Regional Park

This park has three picnic shelters available to for the public. The can be reserved for birthdays and other events between April 15th and October 15th. Permits are available by the half day (9-3 or 4-10) or for a full day. Reservations can be obtained by calling 612-230-6400 during business hours, online or in person. The Beaver and Turtle shelters each hold 50 people and can be rented for $125/half day and $250/full day. The larger shelter holds 150 people. A half-day rental is $225 and a full day is $450. See Kroening Interpretive Center directory page for indoor birthday parties.


Paddle Share Program at North Mississippi Regional Park

Beginning in late August of 2016, The Minneapolis Parks have teamed up with the National Park Service and others to test a pilot program that will allow park users to rent kayaks to explore Mississippi. 

These kayak stations will work much like the Nice Ride bicycle program. Users reserve their kayak online for a specific date and time, watch a safety video, sign a waiver and pay for the reservation. They will then receive a code to unlock a kayak and equipment (including life jacket) at North Mississippi.

Users can paddle upriver or downriver, but the rental equipment must be returned to the return station at Boom Island Park their rental expires. All stations are aligned with Nice Ride stations so users are able to paddle downriver and then bike back to where they started. Sounds good in theory.

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