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Stone Arch Bridge

West River Road and Portland Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55414 | Website

#6 in Best Things To Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul

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Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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The Stone Arch Bridge is a must-see for any architecture buff. This 2,100-foot granite and limestone bridge (featuring a total of 23 arches) was constructed in 1883 and was vital to the city's development by increasing movement of people and goods into and out of Minneapolis. Designated a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1971, it is the only stone arch bridge to have ever traversed the Mississippi River. Today, you can walk or ride bikes between Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the east bank of the river and Mill Ruins Park on the west bank.You might also visit for the bridge's impressive views of Downtown Minneapolis (especially at sunset) from its perch over St. Anthony Falls.

Recent visitors recommend wearing comfortable shoes for your walk or ride and advise bringing a camera to capture the skyline views. If you want to make a day of it, you'll also find the Mill City Museum and Guthrie Theater less than a mile from the bridge's westside entrance. You'll also find parking lots and ramps located near both ends of the bridge. If you're looking for more to-dos in this area, check out St. Anthony Main. Situated across the Mississippi River from the Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum, this area is home to several restaurants, including local favorite, Aster Cafe. Along with a handful of eateries and a movie theater, St. Anthony Main also hosts one of the Nice Ride bike share stations — perfect for getting across the bridge. 

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