Three Minneapolis parks to enjoy your #hammocklife

September 11, 2018 by Chee Xiong

[Update] Since we first published this post, community members wrote to us and voiced their concerns about tree care and hammocking behaviors. Like them (and you!), we love and value the trees in Minneapolis, so we added a good practices section below with additional resources, to help ensure and protect the natural resources.

Hammocks are in full swing around Minneapolis parks, as we inch towards the last few days of summer and into fall. One of the pleasures in life is to simply hang out under a canopy of trees alone or with friends – reading a book, taking nap, or shooting the breeze. So grab your hammock and unwind in one of these locations.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. We need your help! Go to your favorite Minneapolis neighborhood park, take a picture and tag us on Instagram with #hammocklife in #MplsParks

Good Hammocking Etiquette

  • Be respectful to the trees, nearby vegetation, and other park users.
  • Utilize appropriate gear, like “tree saver” straps, which are wide nylon/polyester straps to protect the trees.
  • Always practice the “leave no trace” principles.

Read REI’s Hammocking Responsibly on how to hang your hammock and check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s hammock guidelines.


B.F. Nelson Park
South of the Pioneer Statue is a group of cottonwood trees with many well-shaded spots from which to hang a hammock. Nearby, you will hear bird song and see cute dogs with their humans on walks.

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The weekend || #Vibing

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Entrance to the Lyndale Rose Garden
This is probably one of the most popular hammock spots in Minneapolis Parks. The trees right in front of the main entrance are a perfect spot to hang under. The real estate is limited but it is worth the view with the scent of roses wafting from the Rose Garden.

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Calm and lay down your restless soul.

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Southside of Bde Maka Ska
If you are looking for a scenic view of the Minneapolis skyline, a beach, and lake, head to Thomas Beach. Nearby are some mature trees to relax under. Hanging a hammock at Bde Maka Ska is one of the most quintessential Minneapolis park things to do!

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2 Responses to Three Minneapolis parks to enjoy your #hammocklife

  1. Kay Wolfe says:

    I am a volunteer gardener in Lyndale Park and chair the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis’ Perennial Border Garden. To our great disappointment many hammockers destroy the trees and leave behind rubbish. They cut off branches and have stripped bark off rare large old yews in the park. These trees will end up dying. Please help educate the hammockers to respect the trees and all plants in the parks.

    • Chee Xiong says:

      Hello Kay,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We are taking your feedback to heart and will work with our partner the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, to educate the public on good hammock practices and tree care. We will update this blog post to reflect a tree care section.

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