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Photo Adventure – The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Photo Adventure – The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know there are few cities that I outright love.   The density of many cities stresses me out, and attempting to navigate them can drive me indoors. While I love all sorts of bits and pieces of lots of cities, I prefer a slower pace to my travel. 

Minneapolis is a stark contrast to all of those things.

I love Minneapolis.  Love.  I lived in the greater Minneapolis-St Paul area for almost seven years earlier in my life.  I went to college on its banks of the Mississippi, met my husband here, and had my children here.  Now when I visit, there’s a twinge of familiarity about the city. But that twinge is not what I fell in love with.

Rewinding back to the first time I saw this city, I landed in Minneapolis at 21, full of hopes and dreams and lack of responsibility.  I had no intent to move to Minnesota, I was just headed in for a visit.  It was only my second plane ride ever, and I was wide-eyed and attentive as we approached to land.  I took nothing in the landscape for granted.  Where Dallas was brown and dead in August, Minneapolis was gorgeous.  Little lakes dotted her neighborhoods, and lush green outdoor spaces were everywhere.

Was it love at first sight?  Maybe.  But the very first place I visited in Minneapolis was the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the deal was sealed.  This free 11 acre park near downtown is full of beautiful artwork next to quirky installations.   This is a MUST if you visit Minneapolis in the spring, summer or fall. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

As you meander through the outdoor garden, you will see couples on their lunch breaks picnicking next to the famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry Fountain”.  Schoolchildren on field trips might skip past you, as you stop to admire a piece.  Maybe you’ll see older gentlemen reading on the benches.  The scene changes constantly, but what I can guarantee is that Minneapolis residents and visitors alike will be partaking of the beauty of this park.  The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was created with every visitor in mind.

It is perfect for families of all ages, and is a far less stressful way to take in the art scene in Minneapolis than taking small children to a quiet museum.  The kids loved it, and wanted to go back a second time during our visit.

Make sure you stop by the Palm Room of the Cowles Conservatory and see Frank Gehry’s Standing Glass Fish.  On that first day in Minneapolis, I took almost the same exact photo that you’ll see below.  It is still gorgeous and complex upon repeated reflections.

It is important to note – these photos were taken in early August. Minneapolis is a great destination to head to while escaping from the summer heat of the South.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota

Resources : Minneapolis Sculpture Garden website

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Disclaimer : On this most recent visit, I was in Minneapolis as a guest of Visit Minneapolis.  

  1. Kiera @easytravelmom 10 September, 2013

    Looks beautiful! Will have to add this for next/late summer!

  2. Muza-chan 12 September, 2013

    Very beautiful sculptures…

  3. Leigh 12 September, 2013

    I’ve only been in the airport but obviously need to explore the city. I love the look of that sculpture garden – especially of the spoon.

  4. noel 12 September, 2013

    What an impressive place Amy, I love all the public sculpture and beautiful gardens. I bet the kids could play on that swing all day long!

  5. Cindy 12 September, 2013

    As much as I complain about the long winters, it is beautiful here. . . I guess that’s why I’m still here. If you haven’t next time you visit make sure to cross the bridge from the sculpture garden and read the poem – it’s wonderful. I hope you got a chance to wander through the Mill District too – a lot’s been happening to make Minneapolis even better in recent years!

    • Amy Moore 13 September, 2013

      I noticed that, Cindy. It was pretty cool to see the things that were new and all the old classics that were still the same.

  6. Marcia 12 September, 2013

    How beautiful! I can see why this would have sealed the deal. So lush, so calming. Love the sculptures too.

  7. Mary {The World Is A Book} 12 September, 2013

    What a cool and beautiful garden. The Spoonbridge and Cherry Fountain is great and I bet even more admirable in person. I’ve only been to the airport and have always wanted to get out especially seeing all those little lakes from above. Your kids are adorable, Amy!

    • Amy Moore 13 September, 2013

      Thanks, Mary. I’m pretty partial to my kids too 🙂

  8. Sharlene 14 September, 2013

    One of my frequent travelling coworkers has a lot of positive things to say about Minneapolis as well. I really hope to get to see it one day.

  9. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 17 September, 2013

    Somehow, Minneapolis has never been on my radar as a place to visit, but now I want to go and see that Spoonbridge and Cherry Fountain. The rest of the garden looks inviting, too. I like the lines in your photo of the bridge.

  10. eileen at FamiliesGo! 18 September, 2013

    i love the spoon. it would be hard to keep TT from wanting climb on all of them. I hope the gardenis hands on!

    • Amy Moore 21 September, 2013

      It is and it isn’t. The swing is useable, and the bridge is climbable. But the other pieces of art really aren’t. I don’t think you’d have that much of a problem though, honestly. There is just so much room to run around, kids would be occupied elsewhere.

    • Amy Moore 21 September, 2013

      It is and it isn’t. The swing is useable, and the bridge is climbable. But the other pieces of art really aren’t. I don’t think you’d have that much of a problem though, honestly. There is just so much room to run around!