Whether you're an inner city family or occupy the 1st/2nd ring suburbs – the Mill District downtown is never more than 20 minutes away.
Such a quiet green space between Washington Ave and the river. It gives you a downtown fix yet is safe for the whole fam.
Need an excuse to go urban?
I'll give you 5:
1) Gold Medal Park -
Tired of playground equipment defining your green space? Bring a ball, frisbee or picnic blanket – wear your running shoes. The spiral walkway is one of our favorites – but tiptoe as you approach the top, we have witnessed more than one proposal at the scenic overlook.
2) The Guthrie -
When's the last time you saw the world through canary colored glasses? It's time to stroll up to the observation room in the Guthrie for a prime view of the skyline. Check out the "infinity room"/overlook as well if it's not booked. Guess what folks? You can get inside this amazing architectural building for FREE. A great spot for family photos!
3) STONE ARCH BRIDGE -
Love to walk across this bridge and look at St. Anthony Falls through the binoculars. Great people watching here as you see commuters, walkers and wanna-be's strolling along every-which-way.
4) Izzy's -
Bring your appetite and your wallet for yummy ice cream and home-made waffle cones. If smell is enough to satisfy you you're in luck. If you feel the need to indulge – Axel recommends the Bubble Gum. Don't forget to be adventurous with your "Izzy Scoop Flavor."
5) Mill City Ruins and Museum -
Enter the ruins from the river side of the building and enjoy historic balance beams, photo spots and a place to just "chill." The kids love the story of the "exploding museum"! Care to check out the inside? There is an admission fee – but of course it's better to get the "FAMILY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP" and you get in for FREE – ALL YEAR. For $75 you have unlimited access to all of our favorite historical places and Mill City is likely to be the crowd fav. They even have a "ride."
You could spend a whole weekend eating and walking your way through the mill district. Plenty of fun to be had for free – additional fun costs less than a new pair of shoes.
Think the city is too crowded for you? Let me prove you wrong. As seen below – picture taken around 6pm last Wednesday night – we were the only ones there. Mostly.
Staycation this weekend. Love the city you're in.