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Minnehaha Falls - "Song of Hiawatha"

Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis has for aeons been the most visited attraction in the city.  It carries its waters from Lake Minnetonka to the west on a 22-mile meandering course to this falls, another mile before flowing into the Mississippi River, then on to the Gulf of Mexico. 

About a 70 day journey for that stick floating by.

Henry Longfellow immortalized the Falls in his epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha”.  Where the Falls of Minnehaha flash and gleam among the oak trees.  Laugh and leap into the valley.

 There is much else to see as well, all amidst ancient oaks, both wild and tamed flowers, acorn-gathering squirrels, the roar of the Falls, and even a statue of Henry Longfellow himself basking in the sunlight.

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Minnehaha Falls Tour Rates

Private Group Size: up to 8

Duration:  about 90 minutes

Distance: 1.5 miles – 2.4 kilometers

Meeting location: Inside the pavillion at 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis.

Parking: Self-pay lot on location; also parking meters on adjacent street.

Tour accessibility: The full tour would not be accessible to scooters or wheelchairs.  The view of the Falls from above, the restaurant, and restrooms would be.

Weather: Tours go on rain or shine (except during severe weather).

Restrooms: You betcha.

Food:  For nearby vittles, Google: restaurants 55417

Sea Salt: A Seafood Eatery is on site --- HOWEVER!  Its Cajun fare is wildly popular on this end of the Great River and an hour wait is not uncommon, particularly on week-ends.  So, we suggest you arrive at least an hour or more before the tour, or, better yet, snack before and dine afterward. Or, there are several indoor and outdoor-under-the-oak-tree-canopy picnic tables for if you bring your own vittles.

Note 1:  How athletic are you?  A spectacular part of this tour is to laugh and leap into the valley yourself below the Falls to see the view pictured above, which means 95 steps down, and 95 back up.  There are a few seats on this stairway to rest, if needed.  However, if you aren’t up for it, we can skip this part of your tour.  You can still enjoy the view of the Falls from above.

Note 2: Below the Falls, Minnehaha Creek continues for another mile before entering the Mississippi River.  This is a wonderful nature walk, which you may choose to take on your own, although it is not part of our regular tour.

 

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