Walk & Talks are the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s small-group guided tours led by local subject-matter and parks experts who share with you their insights into intriguing places throughout Minneapolis Parks.
New for 2020! Self-Guided Tours
Our popular series is back this summer with new self-guided tours that offer even the most devoted Minneapolis parks-goer something new to explore. Posted below are our first printable guides – of two of our most popular tours, Winchell Trail and RiverFirst – ready to download and go.
New in July is a digital RiverFirst StoryMap so you can use your smartphone to explore the Central Riverfront. Additional tours are coming in August!
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 2 mile loop on sidewalks and paved trail with flights of stairs.
GOOD TO KNOW: This tour starts and ends at the Nicollet Island Parking Lot, where there is hourly parking.
DESCRIPTION: Explore the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park and showcase some of the most visionary parks-building efforts in generations. Sights you’ll see include Nicollet Island, the Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, and the Water Works park project.
DOWNLOAD: RiverFirst: Central Riverfront Tour Guide (pdf)
ONLINE: NEW! RiverFirst StoryMap (external link)
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 2 miles round trip. Trail is unpaved and uneven and has some climb.
GOOD TO KNOW: Tour begins at W. River Parkway between Lake St. and 32nd. There is on-street parking nearby. Look for an unmarked trailhead off of the street-level walking path. You will head north on the trail and return either by retracing your steps or via the paved walking path.
DESCRIPTION: For as long as people have lived this area, there’s likely been a trail running along the Mississippi River from Saint Anthony Falls the convergence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. This tour covers the northern half of what is today called the Winchell Trail.
DOWNLOAD: Winchell Trail Tour Guide (pdf)
Highlights from Past Walk & Talks
From Shingle Creek to the Winchell Trail, past Walk & Talk tours have brought together Minneapolis Parks lovers interested in exploring more about our parks. Take a look at this photo gallery to see some highlights from past events.
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