MILL RUINS PARK
A park with a uniquely historic edge.
Image by Todd Buchanan/Greenspring Media
Mill Ruins Park is located in downtown Minneapolis, and is more of the brick-and-mortar kind of nature. Located a hop, skip and a jump (and a small walking path) from the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park is home to the historic and now exposed ruins of what used to be Minneapolis’ famous milling district before it was buried beneath a tomb of sand and gravel. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the ruins’ storied past while taking in the sights of what used to be one of the biggest flour-producing powerhouses in the world. Be sure to visit at least once in the evening, and catch a special view of the park when the sun goes down and the lights come on. Carefully placed, these lights add a dramatic effect to the ruins and atmosphere that’s hard to top on a warm night. Add the spectacular sight of a lit up downtown Minneapolis as a backdrop, and you have all the makings of a park experience that’s truly unique.