Warmer weather is among us and Minneapolis itself is home to over 400 public parks. There are many things to do between Dinky Town and Stadium Village; but where can one go to enjoy the outdoors around here? We have a list of the top 3 parks and trails you can bike, blade, or run to from your home!
East River Flats Park
Located off East River Parkway behind the UMN Medical center, this park is known for its scenery of the Campus area along the river. East River Flats is recently an off-leash dog park. This is a great location to get to know your campus community and furry friends. There is plenty of green space for picnics and throwing the ball. The trails follow the Mississippi River all through South Minneapolis and connect with other parks along the way.
Mill Ruins Park
Known as Minneapolis’ Historic Park, Mill Ruins runs along the river and around the Stone Arch Bridge. With hiking trails throughout the river in the woods you can park you bike along main street and go tour the historic Minneapolis Dam Front and learn how it all began. Original buildings are still in place and the loading docks are hanging on to memories of the barges that used to come through and deliver supplies to the booming city. Hungry? Stop for a bite along main street at their variety of restaurants and cafés and enjoy the patio this spring and summer or drop in for a movie in the park along the stone bridge every weekend during the summer.
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park
The Gorge is a taste of nature outside of the city. Enjoy the walking and biking trails in the woods that lead to the bluffs with magnificent views of the city and surrounding neighborhoods of time. Many drop a paddle boat or kayak in the quiet back waters of the Mississippi along the trails. Need a relaxing day in the outdoors? The Mississippi Gorge Regional Park is your spot.