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Minnesota Hidden Treasures, Part II



Last week I began to list the highlights of a decade's worth of interviews with Minnesotans who know this state incredibly well, and have lots of recommendations. Here's more:

Northern Clay Center: With a mission to advance the ceramic arts, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis offers exhibitions, workshops, and products for sale.

Stone Arch Bridge: Not necessarily too hidden, but it’s definitely a favorite gem of many locals and visitors alike.

Raspberry Island Park: Located on the Mississippi in downtown St. Paul, this island (along with nearby Harriet Island) is a great place for relaxation, live music, events, and river and city views.

jungle theater

Photo by Todd Buchanan

Jungle Theater: The intimate 150-seat theater is a favorite, even amongst the numerous theaters and performance spaces throughout the arts center that is Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Finn Sisu: We're an active population, and runners, Nordic skiiers, and other athletes love the expert advice and assistance found at this small, local shop.

Afton State Park: Located in Hastings, this park is filled with trails for hiking or skiing, prairies, swimming and fishing spots, and scenic St. Croix River overlooks.

Loring Park: Because it's located right in downtown Minneapolis, across the Whitney bridge from the Walker Art Center, it may not be too "hidden," but Loring Park is a relaxing oasis in the midst of the big city.

What are your own favorite hidden gems not found on this list? Share in the comments!

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