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Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Private Walking Tour

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On your 2-hour fully narrated experience you’ll stroll along, and across, the Mississippi River in the footsteps of people like railroad tycoon James J Hill, once the richest man in Minnesota. He made his fortune as the river rushed through the heartland, tumbled down a magnificent waterfall, and powered dozens of mills as a rapidly thriving community grew up around it. Your tour guide will delight you with stories of epic rivalries, world domination, quiet hidden corners, boom town brothels, and European explorers as you traverse 350 years of recorded history. Once the flour-milling capital of the world, modern-day Minneapolis thrives on its founding principles of hard work, innovation, and ingenuity. See how historic structures are repurposed for modern use, while retaining the charm and flair of past golden ages. This is the Minneapolis we bring you back to: the Minneapolis of sawdust, extreme wealth, immigrants, brewers, and nature. This is the best sightseeing experience in town!

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
September 20, 2021
Our tour guide Brian was wonderful, Very knowledgeable of the history and surroundings. It was a wonderful way to get to know the city. I would highly recommend both the tour and the guide.

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Stop At: Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1252

The country’s largest regional theater, offering a breathtaking view of our tour area from the Endless Bridge

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2163

Once housed the world’s largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world, now a history on the founding and growth of Minneapolis.

Stop At: Mill Ruins Park, 102 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2531

Celebrates and documents the history of 19th-century flour mills long since abandoned and excavated in the past 25 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mississippi River, Minnesota, USA

Discover why it’s been the Minneapolis area’s lifeline for over 10,000 years.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Cross the river via this historic and unique bridge, while taking in the best view of the city.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: St. Anthony Falls, West River Road and Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

First documented in 1680, the falls powered mills and generated wealth for the Twin Cities.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Saint Anthony Main, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Stroll the oldest street in Minneapolis, passing by the city’s oldest tavern and over a warren of caves and tunnels.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Мост Хеннепин Авеню, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA

Location of what was the first permanent bridge over the Mississippi River, we take the current elegant and stylish bridge back toward downtown.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nicollet Island, Minneapolis, MN

Before it became a Victorian oasis in the middle of “Big Muddy”, the island was revered by the Sioux and Ojibwe.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1804

The third building for this purpose stands on the site of the former Minneapolis Great Northern Depot and the Pacific sawmill.

Pass By: Gateway District, Minneapolis, MN, USA

In the 19th century, “Bridge Square” was the commercial hub and government seat of the growing city; the original Downtown Minneapolis.

Stop At: The Depot, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA

The Milwaukee Road railway depot bustled with activity for over 70 years; today it remains one of the last surviving long-span, truss-roofed sheds in the country.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: United States Postal Service, 100 1st St S, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA

An Art Deco treasure in an unexpected location, the opulent lobby remains unchanged since its 1933 opening.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Water Works Park, 333 1st St S, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA

St Anthony Falls’ power was harnessed for industry here at the nation’s first commercial hydroelectric generation station.

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Local, knowledgeable, licensed Tour Guide
  • Professional tour company with over 10 years' experience

  • Gratuities

2 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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