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#1 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
... east of Lake of the Isles to one of the best modern art museums in the country--The Walker Art Museum--which also has a wonderful and extensive outdoor art park--always free--for more outdoor adventure in beauty.
The variety of people, dogs, sailboats, bikers, hammocks, walkers, flower garden and out door concerts, picnickers, playgrounds, dog park, runners, volleyball games, beaches, seems endless.
#2 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
However, if a weary traveler, is of a reflective nature -- a quiet stroll around the lake, provides an island of tranquility -- in the midst of the city.
We visited on a nice crisp winter weekend, We took advantage of the outdoor skating but there were plenty of people walking the lake, cross country skiing and having a romp with their dogs at the dog park.
#3 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
It goes through the lakes (Cedar, Calhoun, Harriet, etc.) and some forested areas (near Minnehaha Park), while also leading to bustling, urban tourist attractions (Uptown, Downtown), and some busy intersections wi...
The road meanders around the whole city through parks, golf courses, lakes, rivers, and some spectacular homes and views of the city.
#4 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Located southeast of downtown Minneapolis just off of Hiawatha Avenue this is a great inner city oasis with an expansive park, bike and walking paths, great restaurant on site, and a wonderful waterfall that is th...
A beautiful park in the heart of Minneapolis- a great new playground for kids, abundance of walking/hiking, paved biking trails, waterfall, night time music in the summer, great food and beer at Sea Salt!
#5 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
This is my favorite lake because it is just the right size for walking (~3mi around), the parkway surrounding it is quiet and I love the smaller parks adjacent to it (bird sanctuary, peace gardens, perennial garde...
It's also an adorable neighborhood surrounding the park, so it's a fantastic place to just wander and stroll.
#6 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
In the summer it's a great spot for people watching, sailboat watching, relaxing on a bench with a good book or just contemplating the beauty of nature and life!
It can become nearly clausterphobicly packed when the weather is nice with joggers, swimmers, bikers, boats and cars but find a place anywhere nearby to park and go enjoy it.
#7 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Sometimes from the bridges, sometimes from the island, sometimes from the parks....they are beautiful and the history of why they are there is fascinating :)
What a great park with lots of well marked trails, and a beautiful walk/biking spot with shade and water fountains on a warm day.
#8 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
A large, outdoor collection of sculptures (more than 40 pieces in a beautiful garden setting on the edge of downtown by the Basilica, Loring Park, Walker Art Center and St. Marks Cathedral.
This is a landmark and it is part of an wonderful sculpture park (small enough to be manageable) and an indoor plant area with a great fish sculpture.
#9 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Quiet, reflective, well maintained, separate walking and biking paths, clear indication of path direction, great launch for kids learning to boat or sail, well kept bathrooms and well linked to other parks.
It was a beautiful park and a lot of fun.
#10 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Once you've perused the roses, step across the street to the large Japanese peace garden, which a nature lover can spend a good hour or two happily wandering in anytime spring through late fall.
The gardens are part of the entire Lake Harriet park which has a great bike path and a separate parallel walking path.
#11 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
The park itself has lots of wildlife like ducks, squirrels, redwing blackbirds, squirrels, rabbits, geese, more squirrels, and very friendly songbirds.
It's certainly a downsiz d version of NYC's Central Park, but is a fun and beautiful park with a lake, gardens, sports courts, and fountains in the middle of th city.
#12 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Crowned by the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge, (a 23 arch-and-span, granite and limestone bridge, built across the Mississippi River in 1883) the park is bounded upstream by the lock and dam of St. Anthony’s falls an...
Easily visited while strolling the waterfront, the mill ruins park combined with a visit to the Mill Museum provides and excellent perspective on how Minneapolis has become what it is today.
#13 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Winding trails, numerous scenic overlooks, and an endless display of nature at her finest.
This is a fenced in area and part of a much larger park with many trails very close to the city.
#14 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
You can take the greenway to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with seasonal miniature golf in the garden, to Loring Park and/or just to the bike station on Nicollet Avenue.
Paul, your trails and parks are a wonderful feature for non-motorized recreation and transportation.
#15 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
this park really has it all: paved biking/hiking trails, off-road singe track mountain biking, wooded hiking trails, executive 9 golf course, regulation golf course, access to mpls grand round biking trails, lake...
Theodore Wirth Park and the trails that extend from comprise one of the most unique urban parks in the US.
#16 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
There is a parking lot to park in and everything is free!
#17 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Wonderful walk for local residents like me! Two unique water fountains adorn the park and garden.
Great trails to walk on throughout the park and lake nearby.
#18 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Great little park! Right next door to the Guthrie Theater and perfect place for a picnic or stroll.
Great, pet-friendly park to romp through on a beautiful day.
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#20 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
We often bike from First Bridge Park to Minnehaha Falls via the River Road Trail.
#21 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
You can walk, run, bike around the entire lake, explore small forests/woods and enjoy the nature.
There is not a paved path around this lake like the others but there is a dirt nature trail and a beach.
#22 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Lots of park benches around the tower to sit and relax while enjoying the view.
Moderately sized park at a high point in the neighborhood.
#23 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Great Park in a Great City!
Quiet park that offers scenic views of the city and the river
#24 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
What a relaxing walk through a variety of flowers, rocks, pond, fountain spread out in this park to provide a peaceful environment to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The gardeners here do a nice job, and you will likely come away with a nice appreciation for what nature has to offer.
#25 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
Happen to be in the neighborhood on the first Sunday in May? Enjoy the Mayday Parade, ending in the park with festivities including performances on the outdoor stage and food/beverages available for your enjoyment.
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#27 of 39 Nature & Parks in Minneapolis
This National Park is a gem.
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