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Ellsworth Rock Gardens

Voyageurs National Park, MN
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It's very pretty, walk the trails, take it in, you wont be disappointed. The history is something everybody should enjoy. You can even get married there! It's our favorite lunch spot!

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West Terre Haute
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

amazing beautiful labor of love the history behind this place is unbelieveable I cant imagine hauling all those rocks to make such an display

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited the Rock Garden while staying at Driftwood Lodge Resort on the South shore of Lake Kab. Plenty of dock space to tie up. We took our lunch along but as soon as we stepped on land....the mosquitoes attacked. No amount of buy spray would keep them away. We briskly walked through the garden which is a shame because... More 

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Zimmerman, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Definitely worth seeing, a very creative person with a lot of ideas built these rock gardens. Can picnic out there as well.

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Minneapolis, MN
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Great picnic spot and pit stop with a great dock for tying up your boat (and with clean bathrooms too). Given the remote nature of the Ellsworth Rock Garden on Lake Kabetogama, you come to appreciate even more the surprising beauty and creativity of the place. The founder and creator of the rock gardens spent decades shaping and crafting the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

It is hard to describe a hillside of flat rocks with a variety of rock sculptures all over it. It was better than I expected although I would not recommend renting a boat jut to go there. If you have a boat though you might as well go there. When we went in mid-August there were no bugs and it... More 

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Pompton Lakes, NJ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The gardens are truly unique and beautiful. They were built by one man over a 15 year period. Due to the sequester, The park service no longer provides transportation to the gardens. We were lucky today to be brought there on a pontoon boat by Larry from Arrowhead Lodge. It was a wonderful experience. If you have a chance to... More 

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Cocoa, FL
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Lots of bugs the day we were there. Sort of an odd spot. Would be very nice for a picnic when the bugs aren't bad. Very nice pavilion and a johnny nearby.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Creative area, had lots to look at! We took our lunch out there, they have a great pavilion area too.

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Kabetogama, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Cool island and picnic site to see landmark manmade rock formations, beautiful wilderness and nature viewing.

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