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Take the Train to Minnehaha Falls For a Fun Local Trip


by Stephany Wiestling

Take the light rail (LRT) from Mall of America or downtown Minneapolis to Minnehaha Falls for a fun couple of hours in a gorgeous and historic park.

I checked the website and found some helpful tidbits. The fare is $1.50 for adults, $.50 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. You pay before getting on the train at an ATM-looking kiosk on the platform. And yes, it takes plastic, so you don't need to worry about exact change.

Get off at the 50th street / Minnehaha Park Station. The park is across the street from the station. Hiawatha is a VERY busy street, and the train is right behind you, so keep a close eye on the kids while waiting to cross. Once you cross the street, it's a short walk north to the falls and pavillion area.

Many paths are paved and all the attractions are handicapped / stroller accessible. There are stairs and hiking trails for those without strollers. If you have time, it takes about 20 minutes to hike to the river. However, you can easily see the falls from the paved areas. Attractions include: the falls, a restaurant, bike rentals, playground, band shell, gardens, statues, sculptures, and historical buildings.

The Sea Salt Eatery has a great variety of dishes with kids and grown-ups in mind. They also serve Sebastian Joe's ice cream, a local favorite. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a snack or lunch at the park.

The bike rentals are a major hit. They're not just regular bikes; they're choppers and surreys. Some of the surreys can fit up to 8 people. Every family I passed in one, the parents were laughing and the kids were squealing with delight. Truly fun for all ages. You can check out their website, WheelFunRentals.com or call 612-729-2660 for prices and descriptions.

Of course, you can drive to Minnehaha Park, but riding the light rail adds another layer of fun to the outing.

Stephany is a travel writer mom who lives in Minneapolis and loves to explore this and other cities with her family. You can find more travel tips at Stephany's website, BestKidFriendlyTravel.com

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