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Jul 12

Minnehaha Falls – Minnesota

minnehaha waterfall
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.
Top of the Falls
We only had a day in Minneapolis so spending it at Minnehaha Park was not in the cards for us.  I wanted to make the most of our time in the city.  My plan was to get up early and head to see the centerpiece of the park its 53-foot waterfall. Luckily (heavy sarcasm in most cases just not on this day) our kids are up at 6 on the dot every morning.  So, after our early morning wakeup call, a few quick trips to the hotel lobby area to get everybody breakfast, and a nice “yeah, its ok if you want to go see the falls now” from my wife and I was on my way.
minnehaha falls
As soon as I got on HWY 55 I get a call from my parents.  Now normally this would be a bit of a strange call coming this early in the morning.  But this particular trip was a big family trip with them meeting us later that day in Minnesota.  So, I answered and the first thing out of their mouths is “are you watching the weather?”  A natural reaction of why and they inform me there is a tornado warning in some unknown town to me in Minnesota.  Not the biggest help there, but I look up at the sky see that it is grey and not too menacing.  I told them I would keep an eye on it and continue on my way.  As soon as I got off the phone I flipped through several local radio stations and nothing.  Figuring everything is ok I continued on my way.
Stairway
After a few minutes, I arrived at the park to see Minnehaha Falls.  Still wondering where the bad weather is at and how close.  But I get a false sense of comfort as I see several people going out for their morning jog in the park.  Not 100% sure where the falls is located I drive around looking for some place to park.  Once finding what looks like one of the larger areas to park and figuring it should be close to the falls I park.  Lucky guess.  I went through a large pavilion like place saw the bridge that sits directly over the falls and took the path down to its base.
minnehaha falls mn
Minnehaha Falls is a gorgeous waterfall.  Set in a little limestone gorge area with a scenic bridge that is just right to sit on to take in the falls.  It almost made me forget that it was located in one of America’s largest metropolitan areas.  I stayed for several minutes just soaking it in took several pictures and then followed the trail to the other side.  Knowing that I had my family waiting back at the hotel for me.  I hurried back up the stairs got back in the car when the radio was telling me a storm was on its way.

A quick drive home and back up to the hotel room just as the deluge of rain that was headed our way started.  I don’t recall the previous time I saw rain flying in sideways but it did that day.  Fortunately, it was not as bad as it could have been.  Some parts of the city got some decent sized hail, but no tornados. We waited out most of the rain before we ventured out to see what else Minneapolis had to offer.

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Minnehaha Falls
Located at 4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr. Minneapolis, MN
Minnehaha Falls are near the NW corner of the park just south of Godfrey Parkway
Pay lots at the park
Park Hours 6 a.m. to midnight
Easy paved hike a few hundred yards with stairs down to the base of the falls.

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