12 Minnesota Sculpture Parks to Visit with Kids

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When I was in the UK a couple of years ago, one thing I noticed was number of sculptures throughout most cities and towns. The Brits like to honor people in history and in the arts by portraying their likenesses in metal or stone.

While we don’t have the same fascination of immortalizing someone on every street corner, we Minnesotans do have fun with sculpture parks themselves. We have more than a handful of them within the Twin Cities metro.

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Find Minneapolis sculpture parks, St. Paul sculpture parks, sculpture parks in the suburbs and sculpture parks throughout Minnesota all presented neatly in this guide.  And if we have missed one, please let us know so that we can add it to the list.


Minneapolis Sculpture Parks

Walker Sculpture Garden

725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403 
Not only will you take in the iconic giant spoonbridge & cherry and a giant blue rooster, you will see geometric sculptures and abstract sculptures and realistic sculptures. This is a great place to bring kids!

Click Here for the Printable Self Guided Tour and Activity Book

Gold Medal Flour Park at Stone Arch Bridge

Second Street and 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
“The focal point of the park is the sculptural observation mound at the center of a spiral walkway, rising out of a green lawn with over 200 mature trees.”

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

Minnehaha Regional Park

4801 S Minnehaha Dr, Minneapolis
This park is beautiful with trails, historic buildings, gardens, and a historic statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha.  This is probably one of the most beautiful parks in Minneapolis (and there are a lot of beautiful parks).
Money-Saving Mom visited in June 2019 and said, “One good thing about the rain? It meant that we got to see Minnehaha Falls when it was raging. And I do mean raging! This was the highlight of the day — and maybe even the trip!”

Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis Minnesota
Minnehaha Falls

Silverwood Park

2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
This park is a unique Three Rivers Park as it features the arts and nature in unity.  The 1 mile loop around the park takes you through diverse ecosystems with sculptures punctuating the surroundings.
Check out the overview of Silverwood Park:

 


St. Paul Sculpture Parks

High Bridge Park North

476 Smith Ave, St. Paul
This park is home to three large sculptures that represent the wide variety of cultures in St. Paul. It is on the north end of the Smith Avenue Bridge.  If you head south across the bridge, you will end up at Capitol View Park with breathtaking views of St. Paul.

Rice Park

109 W 4th St, St Paul
Urban yet lovely, Rice Park is typically home to the famous St Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculptures in January & February.


Western Sculpture Park

387 Marion St, St. Paul
Located in the heart of the historic Rondo Neighborhood, Western Sculpture Park hosts 15 quirky sculptures to explore. Easy to walk through and enjoy at a leisurely pace.

western sculpture park


Twin Cities Northeast Metro Sculpture Parks

Franconia Sculpture Park

9836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074
Find a sculpture that moves or a sculpture that you can crawl inside of. Breathe the fresh air. Grow an appreciation for beautiful works of art at this funky sculpture park that is continually refreshing its pieces.


Twin Cities Southeast Metro Sculpture Parks

Caponi Art Park

1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
Take a stroll along the Sculpture Trail and enjoy 20 different works of art. Or hike through the woods on the Nature Trails. These art parks are educational enrichment for your mind, body, and spirit. FREE, open every day except Mondays.

Art Enrichment


Twin Cities Southwest Metro Sculpture Parks

Harrison Sculpture Park

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Where can you get wild animals, beautifully sculpted gardens, and art pieces all on top of a hill? On the High Point at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  A visit to the arboretum is worth your time and cash ($15/adults, kids free).  There is so much to do and see.


Minnesota Sculpture Parks Worth the Road Trip

 

“The Barn” Sculpture Park 

New York Mills
Located in Otter Tail County, New York Mills is an hour northeast of Fergus Falls. There the sculptures are designed and built by local artists. This sculpture park is home to the world’s largest tractor sculpture.  Most recently added is The Barn.

New York Mills Sculpture Park

Anderson Center Sculpture Garden

163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing
This 30+ piece sculpture garden sprawls across 15 acres on the Anderson Center grounds surrounding the residences and buildings on campus.  Lots of these sculptures are huge, colorful, and thought-provoking.

Anderson Center Sculpture Garden


The Twin Cities is alive with imagination, and we have the privilege of going out and experiencing for ourselves!

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