3 GORGEOUS PICNIC SPOTS IN THE TWIN CITIES
Grab a blanket, food and serene views to set the mood
Long before Julia Roberts urged Richard Gere to “cop a squat” with a snap dog under a tree in the big screen romance “Pretty Woman,” couples around the world have used a blanket, food and serene views to set the mood.
And I would argue that our Twin Cities offer the best picnic spots, whether you have youngsters in tow, are preparing to propose, or simply want to grab a bite between meetings and enjoy some fresh air. After all, more than 94 percent of us locals live within a 10-minute walk to a park. So when you’re in town, that means you, too, can grab some grub and head on out.
Lake Calhoun: Tin Fish
The Twin Cities Chain of Lakes is the mecca of outdoor parks and best exemplifies what the region is all about: a series of beautiful lakes with 13.3 miles of pathways interlaced between them—a picnic lover’s utopia. There is so much to see and do here, I could fill this entire page with just this entry. Rather, I’ll set your sights on Tin Fish, located on the northeastern corner of Lake Calhoun near bustling Uptown Minneapolis. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., this hot spot is a must.
While there: Head south and visit nearby Lake Harriet’s Lyndale Rose Garden, the second oldest in the United States.
Como Park: Como Dockside
Breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner can be had by heading to St. Paul’s beautiful Como Park, which includes not only an always-free zoo (donations encouraged), but an equally impressive conservatory, outdoor water park, lake, amusement park and seemingly endless acreage of open space for summer outings. First stop should be Como Dockside to grab the eats—you can dine inside, outside or take it to go. With ample parking throughout the massive park, there’s no need to worry that it will get cold or spoil.
While there: Don’t miss the nightly music starting at 7p.m.