Twin Cities Picnic Spots
The Twin Cities boast countless parks and community spaces to share and enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites!
Gold Medal Park (downtown Minneapolis)
Gold Medal Park is in the heart of the Minneapolis Mill District, at one time the flour-milling capital of the world and now a vibrant cultural center and mixed-use urban neighborhood. The nearby Mill City Museum transforms the ruins of the historic Washburn “A” mill, once the largest in the world, while other original flour mills serve as handsome residential lofts and office spaces.
Major destinations surround the park and add to the neighborhood’s energy, including the internationally acclaimed Guthrie Theater, the Milwaukee Road Depot, MacPhail Center for Music, and the Mill City Farmer’s Market.
Hidden Falls Regional Park (St. Paul)
Hidden Falls Regional Park are located at the east bank of the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Hidden Falls begins 7 miles north of the Mississippi's confluence with the Minnesota River and continues south to Crosby Farm Park.
While you cannot picnic within view of the falls themselves, paved biking and hiking trail along the bluff provides good opportunities to enjoy nature at its finest.
Minnehaha Falls Park (Minneapolis)
A striking, wilderness waterfall in an urban setting. One of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, river overlooks, and several beautiful picnic spaces.
Although he never visited the park, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow helped to spread the waterfall's fame when he wrote his celebrated poem, The Song of Hiawatha.