Minnehaha Park

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Minnehaha Park
Minnehaha Park
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Key Info

4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive

Price & Hours

Free
6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Sprawling along the banks of the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park offers respite from the fast-paced atmosphere of Minneapolis. Situated about 6 miles southeast of central Minneapolis, the 193-acre park is a popular spot all year round. And the park's renowned 53-foot Minnehaha Falls  made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Song of Hiawatha"  have played an important role in the city's history, from its status as a treasured site among Native American tribes to having powered a mill during the latter half of the 19th century. Today, the falls attract tourists from around the country, while the park itself offers active visitors a perfect venue for outdoor recreation, including bike paths, volleyball courts and a playground.

More attractions are open during the summer, including the Wabun wading pool and the Sea Salt Eatery, but a wintertime visit is still worthwhile for a peek at the magnificent frozen falls. Minnehaha Park is open daily, free of charge, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free parking is available near the Wabun picnic area, along 46th Avenue South. To find out more information about the attractions within the park, including seasonal hours, visit the website of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.

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