The 6 Best Parks to Have a Picnic or Relax in Minneapolis

Minneapolis need not be as notable as its towering skyscrapers and busy city streets. Sure, that occupies a lot of the most iconic place in Minnesota, but let’s not forget the plentiful parks of the city as well. Like a lot of Minnesota, Minneapolis is home to numerous areas to relax, play, and picnic in the great outdoors. Here are six parks around Minneapolis that are absolutely worth checking out for whichever recreation you favor.

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Boom Island Park

724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Boom Island Park is equipped to not only be one of the most picturesque spots in downtown Minneapolis but also boasts plenty of park amenities. There’s a bike path for bikers, boat docks for boaters, and grills for grillers. With the addition of a playground, picnic area, and walking paths, it’s a great spot for some family fun during the warmer months of the year.

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Lake Harriet Bandshell Park

4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Lake Harriet is the park best experienced for its scenic views and worthwhile trails for biking and hiking. But what’s most eye-catching by far is the castle-like bandshell that is as massive as it is beautiful, making it the perfect venue for a musical event. Whether relaxing by the lake or taking a summer concert, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here.

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Bryant Square Park

3101 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

There’s a whole lot of activities to be had at Bryant Square Park all year round. It’s a prime park in Minneapolis for athletes considering their offerings of a basketball court, hockey rink, soccer field, softball field, and wading pools. There’s also a playground for the wee ones and a little library for those who just feel like enjoying a good read in the park.

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Lyndale Park Gardens

1300 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Located on the northeast side of Lake Harriet, Lyndale Park Gardens occupies a massive space of green goodness. The gardens have four gorgeous themes to explore, making it the perfect place for just the right picture or a wedding event. Also present in the park are decorative fountains, public art, and walking paths to explore.

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Lowry Park

900 Douglas Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

There’s plenty of natural wonders to find around Lowry Park. There’s quite a variety of trees and shrubbery around this park in Minneapolis. Lowry Park features gorgeous brick paths and small ponds to provide a refreshing break from city life. It’s a small park for sure but also perfectly placed and pleasant in the atmosphere.

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Mill Ruins Park

102 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

For those craving a little bit of history in their park experience, Mill Ruins Park may pique your interest. Residing alongside Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River, the park is centered around old flour mills that were abandoned and tells the history of the flour industry around the Mississippi. It’s a fascinating spot for the structures to explore and the river to take in.


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