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7 inspired places to read in Minneapolis parks

In honor of the 55 new Little Free Libraries we helped install in Minneapolis Parks last week, we asked our staff here at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation about their favorite parks in which to read. We’ve compiled a list of seven parks, including beautiful vistas and quiet spots where you can enjoy a book.

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Farview Park
Arguably, Farview Park has one of the best sweeping vistas of the Minneapolis downtown skyline and Mississippi River.

“Grab a book and sit in one of the many park benches with a beautiful view of Minneapolis.”
-Tom Evers

Linden Hills Park
There is something magical about reading in a tree that ignites the imagination.

“Read in the crook of the crab tree next to the basketball court.”
-Bruce Chamberlain

North Mississippi Regional Park
Read a book on the little beach at the river’s edge, near the Kroenig Interpretive Center.

“There’s a great trail network connecting you to a number of places where, with a picnic blanket or lawn chair, you can get comfortable with a good book.” -Janette Law

Lake Nokomis Park
Relax in a Minneapolis Good Chair Project seat with a book in hand. Nothing compares to reading on a lake, a Minnesota tradition.

“There are 200 benches and chairs placed throughout Minneapolis Parks. Go and get comfortable in them with a book.” -Jennifer Downham

Lyndale Farmstead Park
Find a reading spot along the crest of the hill (King’s Highway side) under the trees.

“Pack a picnic and make it a whole day!”
-Christine Moir

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Read under the large oak tree on top of the hill overlooking the prairie garden. Similar to a prairie that Laura Ingalls Wilder might have read in.

“From this shady, hilltop vantage, the summer wildflowers, bird songs, and cool breezes make a feast for the senses.”
-Matt Karl

Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
Hidden at the end of the Minnehaha Creek Trail there is small sandstone cave, nature’s own reading fort.

“Not everyone can say that they have read in a cave.”
-Chee Xiong

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