Discover an 1820s military outpost that once stood as the focus of a small settlement but now exists as the center of Minnesota's Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Historic Fort Snelling restored stone fortress opens its gates to welcome you to frontier life. Imagine that the year is 1827, and as costumed guides greet you, that you've just arrived via steamboat up the Mississippi River. Open May through November. See website for hours of operation. Gift shop open year-round featuring history-themed items.