July 4th was a very short work week and we decided to spend some time visiting “off the beaten path” destinations. A simple Google search for “Minnesota top tourist attractions” reveals lists for destinations that are very well known (TripAdvisor, Planetware and Attractions of America ).
TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things To Do does list the “Minnehaha Park” and rates it as the # 3 destination in Minneapolis.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of Minneapolis, Minnesota then the state has a lot to offer, here are some examples that are truly hidden treasures and offer a unique perspective on life, nature and family fun. Munsinger and Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud MN, Minnesota’s oldest and biggest fireworks show in Delano MN, Sculpture Garden (iconic landmark of Minneapolis, MN), Valley Fair (the amusement park of Minneapolis, MN), etc..
Minnehaha Park is located within minutes of down town Minneapolis and is amid an urban environment. It is very easy to get to the park as it offers a wide variety of public transportation options.
Park offers a wide variety of activities including Disc Golf, Dog Park, Gardens (Longfellow, Minnehaha Falls Pergola, and Song of Hiawatha), Historical Sites (Longfellow house, Princess Depot, and John H. Stevens house), Biking Trails, etc..
The Minnehaha Falls offers a short, easy, family-friendly hike that takes visitors all the way to where the Minnehaha Creek meets the Mississippi river.
The 167 acre park is easy to find and there was plenty of parking for $1 per hour. The big waterfall is just a short walk from most of the parking. You can also walk down to the bottom of the waterfall. There was a fairly large playground, a restaurant, plenty of large picnic areas, pretty gardens, hiking/walking trials, and surrey rentals (bikes for 2-6 people).
The trails are well laid out and some section have board walks, beach areas are a hoot with kids, check out the photos and video. Water is crystal clear and is a great place to be on hot summer days in Minnesota.
Plan on spending between 3 to 5 hours depending on how adventurous you and family wants to be ….
Photos of the falls and creek
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Put the Minnehaha Park on your To Do List …………….
Blog post by Ketan Deshpande, Minnesota, MN