Minnehaha Falls

Picture of Minnehaha Falls

History

The New England poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, gave a Minneapolis waterfall national fame, but he himself never saw the 53-foot falls he wrote of in 1853.

General Information

The Longfellow House Hospitality Center, which sits on the northwest end of Minnehaha Falls Park introduces the Grand Rounds, a 50-mile outdoor recreation loop in the Minneapolis area.

Other attractions at Minnehaha Falls Park are the John H. Stevens House Museum, the Princess Depot, and the Minnehaha Falls Off-leash Dog Park.

A minimal number of parking spots at the Longfellow House allow for 10-minute parking or parking spaces at the park are available for $1.

Activities

The park contains four outdoor picnic sites and a picnic shelter with cooking and restroom facilities. Paved trails offer visitors the opportunity to see the park on bike or foot. Visitors can also walk along the Minnehaha Creek and follow it as it makes its way to the Mississippi River.

Hours

The park is open from 6:00am - 10:00pm.

Location

Minnehaha Falls, which is overseen by the city of Minneapolis, is located at 4801 Minnehaha Avenue South in Minneapolis. To get there from Interstate 94, take the Cedar Avenue exit and head south away from downtown. Turn left onto Hiawatha Avenue and follow it south until you see a park entrance on the left.

Contact Information

Call the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board at (612) 230-6400


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