Family Vacations in Minnesota

Family Vacations in Minnesota: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Photo courtesy of the Walker Art Center Garden visitors admire one of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's more famous works, "Spoonbridge and Cherry."

Dozens of awe-inspiring and extraordinary sculptures by 20th-century artists such as Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry are situated about the grassy landscape of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Its most famous work is the playful Spoonbridge and Cherry, a 50-foot-long teaspoon with a 15-foot-high, water-spouting, bright-red cherry perched on its rim. Created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, it sits in the middle of a lily pond.

The unique setting is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country; it's also a place where children can run around and blow off steam while enjoying some of the world's finest modern three-dimensional works of art. A map with pictures and explanations of each piece is available. Children enjoy using it as a treasure map to hunt down the various artwork depicted. During the summer, free Saturday events feature live music, performers, and creative activities.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Information

Address: 1750 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN

Phone: 612/375-7600

Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. - midnight, daily

Admission: Free

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Minnesota State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Minnesota, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.


Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.