We all know that Minneapolis is full of great things to do. From shopping to restaurants to nightlife, there is something in the City of Lakes for every type of person. That goes double for people who love to take photos. Why? Because the city is full of gorgeous, photogenic places that are just waiting to be captured on camera! But where will you find the best of the best? Read on to learn about 10 of the most amazing places in Minneapolis that are photo-taking paradises.
1. Minnehaha Falls
This one's a no-brainer: the famous 53-foot waterfall of Minneapolis is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the city. Whether you view it from the paved walkways above or venture down the winding staircase to see it from the scenic bridge, it's full of photographic possibility.
2. Minnehaha Falls in Winter
If you like Minnehaha in the summer, you'll love how it looks once the temperature drops! The flowing water becomes a hanging curtain of ice that some brave souls choose to walk behind for an otherworldly photo experience. However, falling ice makes that a dangerous feat and it's much safer to view from afar.
3. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Filled with dozens of incredible sculptures, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the city's most popular places to take photos. Stroll the grounds to take selfies in front of your favorite works, including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. What makes this spot even better is that it's 100% free to visit.
4. Harriet Island Regional Park
If you're willing to venture over to St. Paul, you'll be delighted to experience one of our sister city's most beautiful offerings. Harriet Island Regional Park is located along the banks of the Mississippi River and offers lovey views the water and boats drifting by.
5. Foshay Tower
If you want to see Minneapolis from above, there is no better way to do that than by visiting the top of the Foshay Tower. This skyscraper has an observation area at the top, from which you can get gorgeous views of the city as it bustles below. It's one of the most photogenic places in the Twin Cities.
6. Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
This beautiful garden is a gem of Minneapolis. In warmer months, it hosts a huge variety of wildflowers and wildlife. Take a walk along the raised walkways and paths through tall grass. Either way, you're guaranteed to snap one or two dozen amazing and colorful photos.
7. Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska)
Though Minneapolis is home to several wonderful lakes, Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) is definitely one of the most popular. Walk or bike around its perimeter, take a dip at one of its beaches, or simply sit and watch sailboats glide across the water. It's best visited during a summer sunset, but really, any time you visit will be full of photographic beauty.
8. Como Park Conservatory
Here's another St. Paul destination that we just couldn't leave off the list. As it's indoors, it's a popular spot during winter months because of the welcome warmth it offers. The sunken garden is full of bright flowers and peaceful fountains. Where better to take photos than a garden brimming with lush, colorful plants?
9. Mill Ruins Park
Mill Ruins Park is home to the relics of Minneapolis' milling past. Stroll the grounds to step back into the history of what was once the flour-milling capital of the world. It's a great spot to take photos of all kinds, especially if you pull back to capture the modern buildings that are right next door.
10. Crosby Falls Regional Park
This 736-acre park is the largest nature park in St. Paul. It's a gorgeous spot to step away from the chaos of life in the city, especially if you like biking, hiking, or cross-country skiing. The park is a popular spot for those activities, and for good reason! Many paths follow alongside the Mississippi River, crossing through diverse forests and wetlands. It's incredibly peaceful - and incredibly gorgeous.
What would you add to this list? Share your favorite photo-taking spots in the comments down below!