When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Minneapolis or St Paul.
One of the best parks for picnicking in any state. The picnic areas are vast and well-maintained. One of my favorite spots is the Como Park Fire Pits, located in the Southwest part of the park, where picnic tables, grills, and large fire pits are laid out for a perfect day of picnicking. Como Park is also home to a zoo and conservatory as well as a large lake and golf course. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a must-see in this park. Another favorite place is the Hamm Memorial Falls where flowering bushes adorn pathways with charming waterfalls and lake views.
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
A 193 acre park along the Mississippi River, Minnehaha is a beloved Minnesota park, and its waterfall has even been celebrated in a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem. For the poetic at heart, the miles of wooded trails through the park leading to dramatic waterfalls cannot be missed. You can pack a lunch to eat on the large rocks below the waterfall or on the beach near the water. Wabun Picnic Area has several picnic shelters, a playground, disc golf, and a wading area to cool down in the water. For a more romantic picnic take a stroll through Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden.
Hidden Falls Regional Park
Located directly across from Minnehaha Falls is this lesser-known, but no less beloved park. There are miles of trails winding up, down, and around the Mississippi River to the hidden waterfalls of this park. Make sure to bring a camera as you go through this park. There are plenty of designated picnic pavilions as well.
Lilydale/Harriet Island Regional Park
Nestled between the Mississippi and Pickerel Lakes, this park is situated on an island just south of St Paul. There are several scenic, open lawns with picnic tables scattered about. You can enjoy a relaxing picnic watching Riverboats go by or track the sunset above vibrantly colored trees in the Fall.
Theodore Wirth Regional Park
Minnesota is known for its natural beauty and this 759-acre park with a lake and urban forest is proof. Bassett Creek runs through almost the entirety of the park and its many hiking trails follow it. A Beach House with a nearby playground sits beside Wirth Lake. The Southern part of the park is home to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, one of the best places for a day out in nature and a picnic.
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