Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
Address: 4801 S Minnehaha Drive Minneapolis, MN 55417
Description: One of Minneapolis’ most popular parks, it features a 53 foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, a view of the Mississippi River,hiking trails, and more.
Distance: The distance varies depending on where you choose to hike. It features the Minnehaha Falls Loop which is 0.8 miles. It also features the Minnehaha Creek Trail which is 1.8 miles long.
Amenities: Biking path, garden, wading pool, walking path, volleyball court, public art, picnic area and more
Pet Friendly: Yes, dogs must be kept on a leash
Fun Fact: If you’re feeling adventurous you can climb behind the waterfall (just be careful)!
Boom Island Park
Address: 724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Description: Boom Island Park is located on the Mississippi Riverfront and offers amazing views of Minneapolis’ skyline. It’s especially beautiful in the fall!
Distance: Boom Island features various walking and biking paths. The walking loops are up to 1.5 miles long.
Amenities: Biking Path, Boat Dock, Grills, Picnic Area, Playground/Tot Lot, Restroom Facility, Walking Path
Additional Activities: Boom Island Park features Paddle Board Rentals for those that want to be active out on the river!
Fun Fact: The park was named after the sound of sawmills used to separate logs on the island. The sound made a loud boom, and that is how it became Boom Island!
Stone Arch Bridge
Address: 100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Description: Stone Arch Bridge is the second oldest bridge on the Mississippi River constructed only 13 years after the Eads Bridge in St. Louis that was constructed in 1868. This former railroad bridge is now home to a walking and bike path that connects St. Anthony Main and The Mill District.
Distance: The actual bridge is .4 miles one way and meets various walking paths on either side, also check out the Father Hennepin Bluff Park (East Bank) and Mill Ruins Park (West Bank)
Amenities: Walking Path, Biking Path, Pay Parking Lot
Pet Friendly: Yes
Fun Fact: This is an iconic photoshoot spot, it would be hard to walk across the bridge and not see at least one photoshoot going on. If you're from Minneapolis you probably already have a few stone arch pictures and if you're just visiting - go get that photo!
Bde Maka Ska
Address: 3000 East, W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Description: Bde Maka Ska offers a great view of the Minneapolis skyline. As it offers a great, scenic view the walk around the largest lake in Minneapolis is just 3.1 miles long!
Distance: 3.1 miles walking, 3.19 miles biking
Amenities: Walking Path, Biking Path, Pay Parking Lot, Street Parking, Residential Parking, Rose Garden, Bird Sanctuary, Bandshell, Beaches
Pet Friendly: Yes
Fun Fact: A great date location as the area often hosts concerts and has a restaurant nearby!
Address: 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Description: Located near the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11 acre park featuring more than 40 beautiful sculptures from 10 different countries around the world. The sculpture garden is a national award winning park system and a fan favorite Minneapolis outdoor activity.
Distance: About a mile and a half walking distance. Should be about an hours worth of your time if you stop to enjoy the beautiful sculptures.
Amenities: Walking path, eye-catching sculptures, bars and restaurants across the street, pay parking lot.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Fun Fact: Iconic location to take pictures or bring someone who has not experienced this yet. On top of that, it is another great date location given the bars that are located across the street!