Those beautiful afternoons in the summer time sometimes just BEG for a nice scenic walk near the Mississippi River. A favorite spot among Twin Citians is the Stone Arch Bridge, a bike/pedestrian bridge that connects the river’s west and east banks. Originally a railroad bridge, it was built in 1882-83 by railroad tycoon James J. Hill. Not only is the bridge beautiful, but it provides a scenic walk and is rich in history. It connects Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the east bank with Mill Ruins Park and West River Parkway on the west bank. Not only is there a great view of the river, but also of nearby St. Anthony Falls and the Minneapolis skyline.
There are also a number of festivals nearby in the summer months and many locals enjoy the 4th of July fireworks from the bridge.
With unseasonably warm spring weather and summer just around the corner, grab the baby stroller and head to the Stone Arch Bridge and take a leisurely stroll on a sunny afternoon with the whole family or get your iPod and take a jog across the bridge and through the parks on either end. What a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, and see the city from a different point of view!
For more information: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=268
For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Arch_Bridge_(Minneapolis)