Flying is something most of us have done at least once. For many of us, we don’t think twice about it, but there’s one man in particular that really changed aviation. He just so happens to be a Minnesotan.
Charles Lindbergh grew up in Little Falls. That’s where he truly felt at home. It was his 1927 flight that changed how we look at flying. He was the first to fly from New York to Paris. He did it in thirty three hours, non-stop. Lindbergh’s success is highlighted in the Charles Lindbergh Museum. You can test out the “Spirit of St. Louis” flight simulator. It is just like the custom plan he flew. You will learn about the flight routes that are very similar to what we fly today. Lindbergh was a man that had it all. Drama, love, adventure and even scandals. His life was colorful and intriguing. The museum walks you through his childhood. Some of his original toys are even displayed.
Charles Lindbergh gave firsthand accounts from his personal and his professional life. These notes are an incredible tool for the Minnesota Historical Society. Some have even been published.
The Lindbergh home is just a short walk from the museum and museum store. About ninety percent of the items in this house are original. You truly get a feel for the Lindbergh roots when you tour it. It’s right across from the state park.
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While you’re in Little Falls there are other things to see and do, too. Downtown shopping includes some fifty shops and restaurants. All in a short distance of each other. The area has character.
There’s another spot for the entire family and it’s definitely a hit with animal lovers. The Pine Grove Zoo was started in 1913. The entire family can visit Siberian Tigers and baby bears. They do tours, educational programs, birthday parties and more. To learn about it, click here.
The Minnesota Military Museum on Camp Ripley is another spot to see while you’re visiting Little Falls. This is where you’ll learn about the men and women who have served our country. It showcases Minnesotans who have served in all branches of the military. There are also things for the kids to learn about and to try. They can even play on tanks and cannons. To learn more, click here.
To learn more about Minnesota’s historic sites and to plan your next visit go to www.exploreMNhistory.com.