Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Picnic Spot

Minnehaha Falls

Before Longfellow penned "The Song of Hiawatha," Minnehaha Park and Falls were filled with mysticism and wonder, an expanse of unadulterated nature in a soon-to-be-bustling city. Nowadays, the omnipresent light rail runs right by the park, but it's less of a deterrent than a convenience in a place where driving everywhere can be a pain. With the park's almost 200 acres of rolling green hills, shady trees, and tons of space to spread out, there isn't a bad spot to lay that red-checkered blanket down for an outdoorsy meal near the falls. And if it proves too much to pack your own lunch, pop over to Sea Salt Eatery inside the park for some delicious seafood in the great wide open. Afterward, take a stroll down to the falls, and if you're feeling adventurous, trek through the muddy forest path all the way to the river. On a gorgeous day, there's no better way to kick back and relax than in the soft grass beneath a canopy of lush leaves and sunny skies with your favorite eats during one of Minnesota's too-few warm months.

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests (2015) Minnehaha Falls

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon (2011) Minnehaha Park

BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE-WATCH (2007) Minnehaha Park on a warm spring day

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS (2006) Minnehaha Park and Falls

BEST PLACE TO BREAK UP (2010) Minnehaha Falls

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Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

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Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

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Best Wild Player Zach Parise

Best Coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings