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St. Anthony Falls

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Address: West River Road and Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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+1 612-627-5433

Waterfalls that once possessed religious significance for Native American...

Waterfalls that once possessed religious significance for Native American tribes are today part of Minneapolis' historic district.

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Only falls on the Mississippi River

Rent bikes, or walk across the Arch Bridge for a lovely view of the "mighty Mississippi". Downtown Minneapolis is booming along this majestic river - as well it should. Very... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Man-made, not natural. Hardly any parking. Not much to do there just a very short walking path and they had had a bunch of rain so the falls were supposedly impressive??

Thank Valerie H
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Rent bikes, or walk across the Arch Bridge for a lovely view of the "mighty Mississippi". Downtown Minneapolis is booming along this majestic river - as well it should. Very pretty.

Thank RealtorLady
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great walk along the river to view the Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi River, Falls and locks! It was a beautiful afternoon walk down a dedicated walking/bike path.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Did the walk across the bridge and it is magnificent. Had a very gorgeous day for this perfect adventure. You can park on either side of the bridge and walk back and forth. It is well worth the stop and walk.

1 Thank surestop
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Amazing place, decorated by the city skyline! It's great to see the great Missisipi river from a different angle, everything looks brand new, the access is easy and you can seat in the restaurants near by to have a beer while wondering the falls.

Thank Lucas P
Astoria, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Bridge is spectacular and I plan to return for another visit in the very near future. Next time I plan to photograph close up to the falls.

1 Thank neil102
Sussex, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

After getting on the right side of the river we were able to get a look at this. The staff was nice to tell us about other areas of the Mississippi River. It was a nice view to look at.

Thank Kari K
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

St. Anthony Falls are special for a few reasons. They are double falls, upper and lower. They are one of the few falls(5) on the Mississippi River. And they were first reported outside of the Native American world by a European, Father Hennepin. Plus they are also harnessed to provide electricity for the University of Minnesota. They are navigated using... More 

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San Mateo, California
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

We found these quite by accident walking along the Mississippi River. The information center is a treasure trove of history and how these Falls and the Lower Lock were crucial to the early flour industry of Minneapolis. Nice relaxing walk and sites.

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La Grange, Illinois
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

The falls were important when Minneapolis was the four milling capital of America, now it is just a history lesson of the Mississippi river. The views from Stone Arch Bridge, and the history of that bridge are more exciting. Lovers like to stroll this bridge even late at night... a safe getaway and place to view downtown Minneapolis.

Thank Ken T

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