Minneapolis is well-known for its “chain of lakes”–Calhoun, Harriet, Lake of the Isles–and theparks, trails, and parkways that surround these lakes, meandering along the Minnehaha Creek, looping around Lake Nokomis, and then finding their way to beautiful Minnehaha Falls.
Although we spend a lot of time in “the Cities,” the last time I had been to Minnehaha Park and Falls was just after we were married, when my husband and I rented a tandem bike in the Uptown neighborhood near Lake Calhoun and rode around the lakes and along the creek to the falls. This summer, we finally took our children to see Minnehaha Falls, arriving by mini-van instead of bicycle, and viewing the falls through the eyes of a family rather than honeymooners.
It’s beautiful no matter how you look at it.
Minnehaha Falls can be viewed from the side or from the bridge crossing the top of the falls . . .
or from below. It’s about 100 steps down to bottom of the falls, with a handrail and concrete stairs.
The amount of water pouring over the falls varies with rainfall amounts; these photos were taken after a very dry summer.
To reach Minnehaha Falls by car, it’s a short drive up Hwy 55 north of the Crosstown Hwy. 62, and signs will lead you to the park area with its historic Minnehaha Depot, picnic areas, a concession area, pedal-car rentals, and more. The Hiawatha light-rail train makes a stop just outside the park, and the walking/biking trails wind past the falls as well. Visiting the park and falls are free, but there is a small charge for parking.
If you’re visiting Minneapolis, consider a stop at Minnehaha Falls to see some of the natural beauty of the area.
Photo credits: minnemom on flickr.
Linda (minnemom) writes about family travel at Travels with Children.