Monthly Archive: July 2017

Jul 20

St. Anthony Falls –  Minnesota

The mighty Mississippi only had one natural waterfall which was named St. Anthony Falls by Father Louis Hennepin in 1680.  By the impression given off by the early explorers it was a heck of a site.  Minneapolis grew up around St. Anthony Falls.  Unfortunately for the waterfall, it paid the price of the areas progress …

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Jul 20

Stone Arch Bridge –  Minnesota

There is only one like it over the entire 2,320 miles of the Mississippi River.  Built in 1883 by a railroad baron, the Stone Arch Bridge is truly unique.  2100 feet long with 23 bricked arches the Stone Arch Bridge has the distinction of being a National Civil Engineering Landmark. It is also one of …

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Jul 17

Great Zoo Exhibit: Tropics Trail

As my oldest daughter said, “it is a never-ending rainforest.”  The Tropics Trail is a wonderful immersion exhibit found at the Minnesota Zoo. It’s my daughters favorite exhibit.  Easy to see why.  Lots of fun entertaining animals to see.  Tons of variety as well as a large aquarium enclosure.  The Tropics Trail really had it …

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Jul 16

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

One of the iconic views of Minneapolis can be found at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  The Spoonbridge and Cherry with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.  Albeit it was not the best conditions to see that beautiful skyline on a cloudy day.  Sometimes you just have to make the best of the situation which we …

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Jul 12

Minnehaha Falls – Minnesota

One of the most visited and must see stops in Minneapolis is Minnehaha Falls Regional Park.  With close to a million-people visiting the area every year.  Minnehaha Park offers lots of things to do from running and biking trails, a wading pool, dog park, outdoor concerts and restaurant dinning.  This is Minneapolis at its finest. …

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Jul 09

Great Zoo Exhibit: Grizzly Coast

The Grizzly Coast is one of three total immersion exhibits found in the Minnesota Zoo.  An incredible exhibit that swept us to the Russian Far East.  This was our second trip to the Minnesota Zoo. Thanks to exhibits like the Grizzly Coast it still holds up as one of our favorite zoos we have ever …

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Jul 08

Vermillion Falls – Hastings, MN

While headed to Minneapolis we decided to make a quick detour on our way to the hotel and visit Vermillion Falls.  This waterfall is located in downtown Hastings just on the outskirts of the Twin Cities.  A factory on one side the city park making up the other.  Vermillion Falls is not the most scenic …

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Jul 07

Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa

We have been to many gardens but never a university garden.  The Iowa State University garden or Reiman Gardens was a fun little excursion for me.  I have been on several daddy-daughter outings with my girls and several solo expeditions with my eldest.  She is now calling our dynamic duo the Adventures of Dirt Girl …

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Jul 05

Decorah Fish Hatchery – Iowa

Decorah is a little out of the way town in northeastern Iowa.  It is home to Dunnings Spring, an ice cave, and the Decorah Fish Hatchery.  It had that small town big heart feel to it.  Not exactly along our path to our destination while getting there we were like why did we detour off …

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Jul 03

Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens – Des Moines

The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens is a fabulous freebie in Des Moines, Iowa.  Created by an endowment by the Chinese Cultural Center of America.  This small stunning riverside downtown garden is worth a stop.  It won’t take long.  The Chinese pagoda coupled with the Des Moines skyline is a visual treat. Des Moines is …

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