Horse-Drawn Trolley Tours

Forest History Center.

Meet our big, gentle draft horses and climb aboard a horse-drawn trolley for a guided tour of the Forest History Center!

Great northern forest history tour

Two strong and gentle draft horses will pull a wheeled trolley on a 90-minute narrated tour of the Forest History Center. Our guides will describe the geology, the landscape, and the human history that make up our 180-acre site. You’ll visit the Mississippi River, our old Homestead ruins, our turn-of-the-century logging camp and river drive camp, and a 1934 Minnesota Forest Service cabin. At the end of the tour, you'll have the opportunity to climb our 100-foot fire lookout tower for a bird's-eye view of the Forest History Center.

Participants will be seated on a covered, horse-drawn trolley.

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Horse-drawn trolley ride

Enjoy a relaxing ride around the site, take in the fall colors, and enjoy the season on an hour-long trolley ride! 

Two horses will pull a wheeled trolley around the grounds of the Forest History Center.

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The draft horse experience

Get a hands-on, 90-minute experience with our horses!

Participants will assist in preparing the horses for a day's work including grooming and harnessing. You’ll be able to get to know our big, gentle draft horses.

A trolley ride will then include the opportunity to take the reins under the supervision of our teamster.

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Before you go

Participant eligibility:

  • Those 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Participants must be able to climb two steps (this activity is not handicapped accessible), and be comfortable getting onto and off of the horse-drawn trolley independently.


  • The trolley tour will take place, rain or shine.
  • If we need to cancel due to weather conditions or other unsafe circumstances there will be a full refund or the opportunity to reschedule.