Minnehaha Park is a regional, picturesque, and one of the oldest parks of Minneapolis, United States. The city park designed by the famous landscape architect Horace W.S Cleveland opened its heart for the locals and tourists in the year 1883. It serves as the most popular park of Minneapolis and attracts thousands of tourists from every corner of the world. The location of the Minnehaha Park on the banks of the Mississippi River makes it's surroundings a treat for the eyes of its visitors. The word Minnehaha means 'falling water' which it gets its inspiration from the Minnehaha Falls which add to the breathtaking beauty of the park. The extraordinary serenity of the Minnehaha Falls and the Minnehaha Creek give the park a touch of divinity which is not comparable with anything in this world. The beautiful sculptures and heritage houses will leave you in awe of the architect of the park. Visit the Minnehaha Park and give yourself an opportunity to cherish for a lifetime and some everlasting memories to cherish always.
A Fun Trip to Minnehaha Park
The Hiawatha and Minnehaha Sculpture
The Hiawatha and Minnehaha sculpture is a beautifully carved bronze sculpture that stands as a landmark in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. The sculpture is a creation of the renowned artist Jacob Fjelde who gave it shape in the year 1912. The exquisite sculpture depicts a particular section of Longfellow's poem, the Song of Hiawatha. The design of the magnificent sculpture had to face criticism before its installation in the park. It faced criticism on the ground that the features of Hiawatha and Minnehaha sculpture were not Indian in a true sense. After all the debates the masterpiece was unveiled in the park in the year 1912 when it was placed along the Minnehaha Creek and is considered a timeless and priceless creation of Fjelde.
The John Harrington Stevens House
The eminent John Harrington Stevens House found a place in the premises of the Minnehaha Park in the year 1896. As per the facts, the beautiful house is iconic as it was the first abode made of wooden frame built to the west of Mississippi river. It was also referred to as the 'birthplace of Minneapolis.' The house traveled several places before finding its permanent place in the Minnehaha Park. It stands a part of the Minnehaha Historic District. The house now serves as an important museum of the city and allows its visitors to explore the place on summer weekends. The park also has a huge statue of John H. Stevens. You can also witness a plaque depicting the previous locations of the house.
Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park
The Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park is a part of the Minnehaha Park dedicated to the man's best friend, the dog. The Dog Park finds its place on the South side of the Minnehaha Park. The park has seven off-leash recreation areas dedicated especially to cater to the needs of the dogs. You can accompany your dog and see him enjoy, run, play, and make new friends in the fascinating surroundings of the park. The park is properly fenced in all the directions so that the animals don't move out of the boundaries of the park and harm themselves. An Off-Leash Dog Permit is to be acquired from the authorities of the park before bringing your dog to the park. You can purchase the permit both online and offline. One permit is valid for all the seven dog parks.
How to Get Tickets?
The entry to the park is free.
How To Get Around?
You can explore the park on foot, or you can rent bikes, and cycles also.
What Should I Wear?
Wear clothes which make you feel comfortable and relaxed. You can opt for jeans or trousers with a t-shirt or a cool crop shirt. Add oomph to your attire with an embellished belt and trendy sunglasses. Boys can go for shorts or Capri and pair it with a funky printed t-shirt. Use sunscreen to avoid sun-tan. You can also opt for a hat. Choose sneakers or bellies for footwear which will make you walk easily for long hours in a stretch.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the park is between 6 am to 11:59 pm.
The currency is U.S Dollars.
How To Get There?
You can reach the city via plane, railways or highways. The city has a well-developed transport system and well-connected roads which will make your access to the city very convenient.
Don't throw empty bottles on the grounds of the park. Carry napkins and a water bottle.