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Stone Arch Bridge, Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
612-230-6400
Admission: $0.00
6 am-midnight
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The Historic Stone Arch Bridge has 23 arches and was once used as a railway from 1883 to 1978.  Refurbishing and redesigning the bridge began in 1980. Learn more about its history here.

Stone Arch Bridge Historical Marker
Stop to read historical signs along the walk.

It’s a fun and free excursion to do when the weather is beautiful: in the summer and in the winter. It is a part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage trail connecting foot traffic from Mills Ruin Park on the west bank to Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the east bank. Take two steps and stop to see over the fence.  Take another two steps. Stop and look over the fence. Take two more steps; stop to look. At this rate you aren’t even at the river!  You may feel the urge to hurry them along, but it’s not necessary.  

What better way to enjoy the river and weather than to amble across the Stone Arch Bridge?

It’s a great place to enjoy the weather with hundreds of other walkers, cyclists, and dog lovers. You will see walkers wearing babies and pushing empty strollers, children in wagons, and matching cyclists ringing their bells. You may run into a musician or two.

But don’t, let me repeat, don’t give the children only a penny (because that’s all you have) to put into the musicians’ collections.  Or they may do the following:

  1. Tell the musician that they gave him a penny.
  2. Explain to the musician that if he had 100 pennies, he would have like a dollar
  3. And enthusiastically convince the musician that every little bit helps.
It is far better for everyone’s sake to give him nothing at all  than to give him a penny and a lecture.

Highlights:

  1. Gorgeous view of the river
  2. The bridge is about a 1/2 mile long which is a perfect length to enjoy the scenery, but not too long for little feet.
  3. There is a small pay parking lot that is very inexpensive.  $1 for the first hour.  We were able to enjoy the bridge for an hour and be back before our time expired. (Maybe we should have paid before we left on our walk, but we didn’t get a ticket and eventually, I did pay)
  4. Dancing to the accordion player.

stone arch bridge near Gold Medal Park
Gold Medal Park overlooks the Stone Arch Bridge
photo courtesy grkids.com

Disadvantages:

  1. Being short means you are easily pushed around.  Poor Jack got knocked down by a man who was 6’4″.
  2. There were a lot of people on the bridge.  A lot of people. If you go during the evening, sometimes it’s a little less busy, but then again, maybe not.

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