Boom Island boasts one of the best views in Minneapolis, nestled along the eastern shoreline of the Mississippi River. If you're looking to throw a big family outing, there are three reservable shelters for rent easily accessible from the parking lot. Otherwise, a huge lawn stretches for hundreds of yards, offering a quiet refuge in the middle of the city. All you need is a blanket, a book, and a frisbee and you're set for the afternoon. Explore the trails along the river and try to find the swing hanging underneath the railroad bridge, or dip your toes in one of the gentle eddies of the meandering Mississippi.