With spring to finally hit the Twin Cities, it’s time to get out and enjoy all the outdoor green space the cities have to offer.
That said, Minnehaha Park is a nice option for outdoor fun. The daytime highs for this weekend are forecast to be back up to the lower to mid 60’s, which makes for a comfortable hike through the trails that start near Minnehaha Falls and wind through the woods along the creek all the way to the Mississippi River. Also this weekend, on April 25th, you can volunteer for their Earth Day clean up.
Even if the “deep woods” hike isn’t your style, there’s plenty of open space on the grass under the trees to have a barbecue, picnic, or to toss around a football or frisbee.
The 193-acre park features the 53-foot falls, limestone bluffs, and river overlooks as well as an off-leash dog park at the south end of the park, picnic shelters, a disc golf course, and the popular Sea Salt Eatery serving up fresh and tasty seafood is also located in the park.
If you’re the sport type, Minnehaha Park has a volleyball court as well as pedestrian/bike trails for runners, bikers and walkers. Bike rentals are available through Wheel Fun Rentals. If you get a yen to rent a surry or some other type of pedal-powered vehicle, they’ll probably have that too.
Minnehaha Park overlooks the Mississippi River and is located at 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive in Minneapolis. Hours are from 6am to 10pm daily. For more information call (612) 230-6400 or visit their page on www.minneapolisparks.org.