Minnehaha Park straddles the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The most stunning feature is the 53-foot waterfall at the heart of the park. Take in the striking falls and then venture into the gorge below to the sandy pools that are enjoyed by both sun-lovers and anglers. It will quickly make you forget you’re in the middle of two cities.

Explore the riverfront park on foot or take a tour on one of the bike paths. Bring your pup to play in the forested off-leash dog park. Throw down a blanket or string up a hammock and just relax in this urban oasis.

A visit to the park isn’t complete without a visit to Sea Salt Eatery. The lines at the restaurant might be long, but the pay-off is great. Find a spot to enjoy some fish tacos, ice cream and a cold beer overlooking the falls. It’s a picture-perfect way to cap off a day at Minnehaha Falls.

Photo Credit: Explore Minnesota/Ryan Gottsleben

Minnesota Landmarks

In 2020, the Lottery celebrated eight uniquely Minnesota Landmarks. The tickets featured Minnehaha Falls and Lake Harriet in the Twin Cities, Canal Park and Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore, Lake Bemidji and Lake of the Woods in Northern Minnesota, Lake Shetek in the Southwest and Lake Pepin in the Southeastern part of the state. 

Each ticket scene was another beautiful reminder of how Lottery proceeds help benefit all areas of Minnesota.