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Ellsworth Rock Gardens

Voyageurs National Park, MN
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Type: Gardens
Traveler Description: This is a charming place to stop in Voyageurs National Park.  It is along Lake Kabetagama; you can find it on a map of the area.  Rent a Ebels... 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
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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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21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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3 attraction reviews
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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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MN & FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I am not a huge art fan, but you can tell that Mr. Ellsworth put a huge amount of time and effort into this sculpture garden. It was not well maintained for some time, but is being restored now. Great views of the lake.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The history of Ellsworth, the beauty of the land, and the serenity of nature speak for themselves: you should make a point of exploring here! Bring a picnic lunch!

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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Created by a Chicago architect, this garden is full of gorgeous flowers in the summer time. Rock sculptures that Mr. Ellsworth created without any power tools are amazing to the eye. There are over 50 sculptures within the garden that range in size and height. Make sure that when you visit Lake Kabetogama that you spend at least 30 minutes... More

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