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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Located in Minnehaha Regional Park, Minnehaha Falls is a local gem for the city of Minneapolis and a great urban waterfall. At just 15 minutes north of the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, Minnehaha is a great way to spend half a day during any season. Not only is it in the city limits of Minneapolis, it is also easy to find once at Minnehaha Regional Park.

This is a great adventure any time during the year, and weekdays and early weekend mornings are best to avoid the crowds (arrive before 9 a.m. on the weekends). Spring and early summer bring lush greenery to the park, and reasonable temperatures can be expected May through June. Fall brings changing colors to the scenery, and later the falls turn into a winter wonderland once they freeze over in winter.  

Once you arrive at the park there are several pathways that lead to a footbridge over Minnehaha Creek at the top of the falls. There are also paths and stairs on each side of the creek that lead to another footbridge at the base. For the adventurous, it is possible to walk behind the falls with caution. One of the best times to adventure behind the falls is once the falls have frozen over and it has become a natural ice castle.  

Minnehaha Regional Park is also home to a variety of other amenities such as playgrounds, picnic tables, and the Sea Salt Eatery, where one can grab a bite to eat. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Urban waterfall. Easily Accessible.

Cons

Large crowds.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Big vistas
Waterfalls
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

11/27/2016
Minneapolis has seen its first snowfall of the year! Temperatures are hovering around freezing and as of this morning the stairs leading down to the bottom of the falls have been closed off. The bottom of the falls can be reached through the trail system (there are several trail maps around the park). Note that the stairs become EXTREMELY slippery this time of year and will remain that way until spring so think twice before hopping the barricades. Also, at the top of the falls the cement walkway next to the barrier wall is slick as well. The falls begin to look great this time of year and before we know it they will be a frozen wonderland! Take your time and enjoy!
04/02/2016
It was a great little day trip.
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