Mighty Mississippi: A Self-Guided Riverside Walking Tour


Follow the river to hear about its historic races, records, and catastrophes on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Minneapolis.

About this activity

  • Free cancellation

    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

  • Duration

    45 minute


  • Highlights
    • Delve deep into the vibrant history of the Mississippi River
    • Hear from Frank Bures, an award-winning writer and essayist
    • Do it all in 45 minutes or linger at stops along the way
    • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it
    • Use the virtual tour option at home
  • Full description
    The Mississippi River is North America‘s most iconic waterway. It’s a symbol of opportunity to the area’s inhabitants, but it’s also a powerful force that has proven difficult to tame over the years. On this walking tour, award-winning storyteller Frank Bures will take you deep into the river‘s vibrant history, from 12,000 years ago until today.

    Our tour begins on Nicollet Island, named after the cartographer Joseph Nicollet. From there, we‘ll cross Hennepin Avenue Bridge and listen to a selection of stand-out facts about the magnificent Mississippi. At First Bridge Park, we‘ll follow the river along the western bank and past Stone Arch Bridge, where you‘ll hear tales about the river and the resilient people who‘ve shaped its history. Finally, our tour continues beside the Guthrie Theater, and concludes with an exploration of Gold Medal...  more
  • Includes
    • Lifetime access to this tour in English
      VoiceMap app for Android and iOS
      Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Exclude
    • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
      Smartphone and headphones
      Food and drink