Best Place to Watch a Movie Outdoors
Stevens Square Park
The city park board plunked down $41,000 a century ago for a little swath of paradise, set among country estates, that would become Stevens Square Park. It could be the best 41k spent in Minneapolis history. On a handful of summertime nights, community groups invite the world to come over for "Cinema & Civics." Dogs, kids, neighbors, and friends assemble on the green carpet beneath a canopy of trees just south of skyscrapers. Games like bocce ball and Jenga kick off the evening. A band plays at 8 p.m. The movies start at dusk. Even if you gotta work in the morning, it's worth staying up. Last year's screenings included Kung Fu Panda and The Princess Bride, in which Westley asks Buttercup: "You think this happens every day?" At Stevens Square Park, it doesn't, so make sure to mark it on the calendar.