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Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis

4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417, United States
612-230-6400
Admission: $0.00
Pay Lot: Parking prices range from 75 cents to $1.50 per hour. Annual Permits Also Available
Concessions Available
Park Hours: 6 am-midnight in developed areas; 6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas
Details:

Besides the obvious reason to visit -- 53-foot waterfall -- Minnehaha Regional Park is the home to several historical sites. There are lovely paths that overlook the falls and meander close to them. It is also has a family-friendly outdoor dining spot - Wabun Picnic Area -- that's fun in pleasant weather and a free 9-hole disc golf course.

Wabun Picnic Area & Pool

Wabun Picnic Area has a wonderful, popular wading pool (with a cool spraying rock structure) and terrific playground equipment. My youngest loves the updated tot lot with a shaded sandy play area and the swaying vintage camper trailer, a nod to the park’s roots as an auto tourist camp. Read more about a visit to Wabun Picnic Area within Minnehaha Regional Park here.

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Disc Golf at Minnehaha Regional Park

The park has a FREE 9-hole disc golf course with the following features:

  • Par 3
  • 57 to 83 yards
  • Concrete tees
  • Flat layout and tree obstacles

Minnehaha Regional Park's Longfellow Gardens

Found on the northwest side of the park, Longfellow Gardens is attempting to go natural and pesticide free. The gardens are so beautiful in the summer that many people choose to have weddings at this location. It has a mix of annuals and perennials and MPRB gardeners are working with the natural setting to choose plants. Visit anytime between June and September to view the peak growing season.

Historical Sites within Minnehaha Regional Park

John H. Stevens House

This house was originally owned by the early settler it is named after. While it originally sat on St. Anthony Falls, it has since been moved to to Minnehaha, where it is maintained by the parks department. It is open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays and Holidays from Memorial Day to Mid-September. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Princess Depot 

Princess Depot was once part of the first railroad line. Now it is part of the transportation museum. It is free and open to the public on Sundays between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 pm. from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.

Longfellow House 

The Longfellow House was built in 1906 as a replica of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is free and open to the public on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interestingly, it is air conditioned, which doesn't seem very historical, but is good to know on those 90 degree days.

Birthday partiesBirthday Parties at Minnehaha Regional Park

This park has 8 picnic shelters (mostly in the Wabun Picnic Areas) that could be rented for birthday parties or other events. Prices range from $75 for a half-day in a smaller shelter to $450 for a full day in the largest shelter. All of the listings and more details can be found HERE.

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