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Family Travel

The Mississippi River has thrilled and captivated kids of all generations with its constant motion and soothing sounds; its earthy smells and primal touch. Building the next generation of river stewards starts with getting our kids out to the river today. So carve out some time and use your imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started.   


    You don't need to wait until you get to your river destination to start
    the fun.  Download a Great River Road car game or two before you
    hop in the car.  Just click on
 the game links below and print.  Have 
    fun on  your journey!
  • License Plate Game
    This is especially fun at the Itasca State Park... Folks come from around the country and around the world to wade across the headwaters of the Mighty Miss.

  • Scavenger Hunt
    Have fun watching for these interesting things and places along your Great River Road route.  Use the ideas in each region to help plan your trip.

  • Crossword Puzzle
    Work on this with your travel mates... in the car, during a riverside picnic, or to wind down after a full day of travel. Or do it before you leave to learn more about the people and places you will be visiting.

  • State Symbol Coloring Book
    Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources!

Discovery Pack

Check out a FREE, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at three Metro Region river parks. The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more!. Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special "Group Pack" which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. Call to check-out a Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at: 

  • North Mississippi Regional Park (763-694-7693)
  • Mississippi River Visitor Center of the National Park Service (651-293-0200)
  • Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724).

The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund and developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service


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