Ever have those days where you want to get outside but you don’t want to try very hard?
Some Most days, I just can’t be bothered to put on my hiking boots and drive 20+ minutes to get in some QT with Mother Nature. Luckily for me (and you), there is a gorgeous park/woods/river/nature right in our backyard! A not so tropical set of islands right here in Minneapolis in the middle of the mighty Mississippi. Boom Island isn’t technically an island but it has it in the name so roll with it. Not from here? Well, let me drop a little knowledge on ya. Minneapolis (and St. Paul) is consistently named as the top city in the US for parks (2013-2016). Don’t believe me? Boom! 95% of Minneapolis residents live within .5 miles of a park. If you live/are staying anywhere in the downtown or northeast area, this is so close by! Join me as we take a stroll around Nicollet Island and Boom Island park!
If you’re lazy (or not close enough to walk) there’s a nice little parking lot right off of Main/Marshall where you can start your journey. There are several different ways to walk but you can easily loop around and get back to this lot no matter where you start. Plus, if you park there, you get to see this cool ass pioneer statue. Win f’ing win.
Walk toward the river and you’ll find a little dock over the water. Keep walking along the path to the right and you will see this through the trees. Not too shabby, am I right?
Keep along the path and you get to a petite beach. This is the public water access point for the river. I’ve personally never canoed on the Mississippi but it is obviously done by the amount of kayaks present next to this beach. I usually make this the mid point on my runs (you know, on the many many runs I go on) so Ace can take a nice dip.
Cross this awesome bridge to Nicollet Island and take the stairs on the right up to the neighborhood. Try not to put an offer on every single house you see. They are that cute.
Stop and admire the cool view of the skyline from here. My favorite views are from my side of the river because you actually get to see it in the photos! I may be a wee bit biased though.
Go back across the bridge and check out Boom Island park. There is a playground for kids, a couple of pavilions to get your picnic on (not sure how you reserve them but they are never full) and awesome skyline views.
Have you ever been to Boom or Nicollet Island? I hope you enjoyed my little tour! Now get out there and explore you lazy old so and so!
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Parking: You can park for free in the lot off of Marshall or there is a pay lot close to the pavilions off of 8th St.
Walking distance: if you do this whole walk, I’d say its about 1-2 miles. Easy peasy
Here is the website for Boom Island park if you need more info!