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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

1 Day as Tourists in Minneapolis

Updated: Jul 17

Visiting Minneapolis is an invigorating experience that combines a vibrant urban atmosphere with the beauty of nature. Known as the "City of Lakes," Minneapolis boasts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. From biking along the scenic paths of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway to kayaking on the picturesque Lake Calhoun, there is no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the city's natural splendor and become tourists in Minneapolis.

It was a 55-mile drive to Minneapolis. There were 3 places we wanted to see while here. The Ford Street Bridge over the Mississippi River, The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and George Floyd Square.

After driving across the Ford Street Bridge we walked around for a while at the Wabun Picnic area and got some different views of the bridge and the great Mississippi River.

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The Ford Street Bridge over the Mississippi River with blue sky and clouds in the background in Minneapolis Minnesota
The Ford Street Bridge over the Mississippi River

The Ford Street Bridge surrounded by trees
The Ford Street Bridge over the Mississippi River

We didn’t know what to expect at George Floyd Square. Located at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, the square has become a gathering place and memorial honoring George Floyd, whose tragic death sparked a global movement against racial injustice. The site features vibrant murals, powerful messages, and artistic expressions that vividly depict the struggle for equality and systemic change. As we walked through the square, you encountered a solemn atmosphere filled with tributes, flowers, and mementos left by visitors paying their respects. The city has named the two-bock section from East 37th Street to East 39th Street George Perry Floyd Jr. Place. It is marked by statues of a fist at all corners. It is a very personalized collection of memorials and street art. There were maybe 30 people there, and it was a quiet time of reflection. Caretakers of the square do not view the site as a tourist site but as a place for reflection on issues of injustice and racism.

painting of George Floyd on a brick building
George Floyd Square

street painting at George Floyd square with flowers
George Floyd Square

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, located in the heart of Minneapolis, is a captivating outdoor art space that mesmerizes visitors with its striking collection of contemporary sculptures and lush greenery. Managed by the Walker Art Center, the garden spans 11 acres and showcases over 40 remarkable artworks, making it one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. As you stroll along the winding pathways, you'll encounter iconic pieces such as the iconic "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, a playful and whimsical depiction of a spoon balancing a cherry. The garden offers a harmonious blend of natural and man-made elements, with meticulously manicured lawns, vibrant flower beds, and tranquil ponds, providing a serene backdrop to the captivating sculptures. Whether you're an art enthusiast or a nature lover, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden offers a delightful escape where you can appreciate the beauty of art and nature intertwining in perfect harmony.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Cherry on a spoon sculpture
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

large blue rooster on a pedestal with a cloudy sky
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

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