BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS - 2006
Minnehaha Park and Falls
4801 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Our survey of expat Minnesotans produced this go-to wish list: Big 10 Sub Shop ("for the sandwiches, extra crispy fries, pitcher of Leinenkugel's or Pabst in a pinch"), Cafe Lurcat ("for the little hamburgers in the bar"), Al's Breakfast, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, French Meadow, First Avenue, and Walker Art Center. All fine choices, but the falls is where it's at, and it's free. Ride your bike in the glorious spring, summer, and fall, and gorge on the frozen beauty of the ice cascades in the winter. Then stand by the Hiawatha statue and recite Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha," and head next door to the best off-leash dog park in town. Bring the pups.