A little “History” in and around Eagan

The Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau prides itself on providing personal services, which include greetings, goodies and greenbacks. Too good to be true? Think again! When you book your next overnight group tour! – it’s our way of making your tour to Eagan as EASY as possible for you!

This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year.

9 – 11:00 AM  

Put on your walking shoes and take a 90-minute guided walk through historic downtown Mendota. View original landmarks in one of the oldest towns in the state, see historical photographs and hear how the town evolved from its beginning as an early 19th-century fur trading center. After the tour, light refreshments will be served at the home of Sibley’s clerk, Hypolite Dupuis.

11 – 2:00 pm

Next you’ll reminisce at the Minnesota History Center as you explore the fascinating exhibit –

“The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,” a new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. This exhibit will offer groups the opportunity to view documents, images and artifacts relating to the war. The final exhibit will incorporate multiple points of view on the war, its causes and its aftermath..

Enjoy lunch at the Café Minnesota – located in the Minnesota History Center.

2 – 4:00 pm 

Discover an 1820’s military outpost once the focus of a small settlement but now at the center of Minnesota’s Twin Cities metropolitan area.  Fort Snelling was not only at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, but it was also the confluence of peoples. The histories of the people of Minnesota intersect at the fort, and guests can explore these diverse stories within its walls.

Or, you could step back in time see what life was like for people who lived in the Minnesota River Valley 150 years ago. The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, formerly Historic Murphy’s Landing, was established in 1969. This 88-acre living history museum depicts life in the Lower Minnesota River Valley from the 1840s–1890s with authentic 19th-century buildings, demonstrations and a scenic river trail and overlook

4 – 7:00 pm

Head back to your Eagan hotel to rest before your evening begins. Don’t forget to ask about the cash Rebate with 20 or more rooms booked in Eagan!

7 – 9:00 pm

Cruise up the mighty Mississippi River on a Padelford Riverboat while taking in the beautiful scenery, gentle breeze and watching the sun set across the Minnesota sky. Enjoy a fabulous dinner and share an evening everyone will remember. Come aboard!

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or Denise Olsen at the Eagan CVB, 651-675-5542 or denise@eaganmn.com.









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