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Mississippi Headwaters, Lake Itasca
(4.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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  • Here come's worth at least a "check-the-box": see Wade (or, if you do not want to soak your feet, on the rocks) this mighty and famous little river where you can. Better to come in summer to combine it all with camping, bathing and canoeing/kayak trip.
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  • Go visitor center first, crowd will leave headwaters later in day. Bring your swimsuits and definitely rent bikes to tour the park! 
  • The headwaters are a must see! We felt it had been dug out to be larger since visiting as kids. Many large rocks to cross the start of the river. Beautiful wetlands. 
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  • So fun to be able to walk across the entire mighty Mississippi. You may consider explaining to international and other long-distance guests that the Mississippi at its widest point is at least the size of Lake Itasca, so that the magic of the moment is not lost on them. Nice squashed penny machine by the gift shop.
  • As a birth resident of the state of Louisiana, one of those signs has it misspelled as "Louisianna". And also you guys are lucky to even have the pleasure to actually stand in the river. Down south here in Louisiana, we're nervous to get walking distance near it because of the speed it flows and the strong current. We can only admire it from a levee, bridge, ferry, or tall building.
  • Everything here was very clean, which is a great compliment to the surrounding nature. The roads, paths, and bridges seem well maintained. I love that we were able to wade in the stream, and was my favorite part of our one week family vacation in Minnesota. One of the employees along the path had a bunch of information about local mushrooms and she was happy to answer all of my questions. The gift shop/ cafe was spectacular. There was some information about the building along one of the paths that told about how eco-friendly it is and the importance of using local plants to reduce the need for irrigation, which is fantastic. I really liked all of the information around the entrance telling the history of the area. Prices in the gift shop were a little high, but I feel like the extra money is being spent wisely. Plus we got our first picture of our 3 month smiling. I guess she liked it too! 6/5 stars.
  • Make the trip here, and you can literally walk across the Mississippi! It's an otherwise gorgeous location, and such a treat to see the relatively small and humble beginnings of what eventually becomes the Mighty Mississippi that we know and love.
  • You almost can't call yourself a Minnesotan if you have not walked across the headwaters of the Mississippi. Do it barefoot. Pretty scenery, lots of trails, visitors center and cafe. Good road trip for the family.