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Franconia Sculpture Park

29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, MN 55074
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Shafer
Type: Parks
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Isanti, Minnesota, USA via London
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great place to spend a afternoon outdoors with adults and children/solo or in a group. Close to the Twin Cities metro area - easy drive. Walking paths level/ gravel and grass-viewing of exhibits good. Not many place to sit down and most of park is open and sunny.Plenty of space for kids to run between exhibits. Good variety of art... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A very eclectic mix of sculptures. Set on about 40-60 acres, I think, its an open air place that teases and stimulates your sight and mind. This is SO worth a visit. Heck, its free!!!!! We give a donation when we go, I would hate to see this gem close up shop.

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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Grab a lunch, grab the kids. This is a fantastic place for a visit. Walk through the sculptures, climb, touch, photograph. Just plain have fun. Grab a bite to eat at the snack shack, enjoy music at the summer concerts. This is a great way to expose your family and yourself to a variety of art and still enjoy the... More

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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74 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Fantastic day trip from Minneapolis; VERY close to the town of Taylor Falls where we toured the glacial potholes and departed for a lovely boat ride on the St Croix River. Franconia Sculpture Park was my favorite outdoor activity in a one-week vacation to Minnesota. Great if you love sculpture and modern art. Wear comfortable shoes; a lot of walking.... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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107 reviews 107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had driven past Franconia Sculpture Park many times but this time decided to stop and we were so glad we did. The art is amazing, it is unbelievable what they have done there, I especially enjoyed a piece that was done with canvas heating ducts! My grandsons enjoyed the pieces that they could climb all over and it was... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great place to visit. Interesting and accesable are throughout a large field. Great to visit with kids as several of the sculptures can be climbed. They have some cool events too. We went for their blues music festival. They had some great bands and artists perform. Wine and Beer with brats hit the spot. And the best part its free... More

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Fruita, Colorado
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35 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you are into very large, very strange modern art sculpture this is the place for you. If not, then give it a pass. I took photos but probably their website is the best place to get a full idea of what it's about. The good thing is it's free, you can buy a soda, and if you need a... More

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Savage, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I'm not a modern art fan so I'm sure I didn't appreciate this place like someone who is. I wish the artists would have had an explanation of what I was looking at for each piece. Some pieces are looking weathered, but maybe that's the idea. So, I didn't get it and found it weird. Been there done that, no... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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633 reviews 633 reviews
43 attraction reviews
811 helpful votes 811 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Beautiful weekend to take a drive from the Twin Cities to the St. Croix River valley. We've driven past here a few times and always wondered what it was all about. It's a very large number of huge sculptures that are on a large piece of farmland that you can walk thru and view them. It's fun for all ages.... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is a huge piece of property with a LOT of very large, very unusual sculptures made from bits and scraps presumably found in local junkyards and trash heaps. I liked that the sculptures were interactive and they had well placed benches if you wanted to rest or just sit and contemplate for awhile. It's quite abstract, so I'll admit... More

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