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Franconia Sculpture Park

29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, MN 55074
651-465-3701
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Shafer
Type: Parks
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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9 helpful votes 9 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
159 helpful votes 159 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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42 attraction reviews
805 helpful votes 805 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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Navarre, Florida
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79 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Really unusual bit of Americana on Highway 8 just east of Shafer, MN. Lots of interesting sculptures. Kids love it.

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St. Cloud, MN
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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We lived in Forest Lake for 7 years and I never knew about this place until I checked out a book from the library! What a treat to find this place so close to home. So easy to find right off Hwy. 8 & 95. So many unique sculptures in all shapes, forms and sizes. There's even 2 playground type... More

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St. Paul
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

There is something wrong with you if you don't find something that interests you here. All ages will be intrigued and will enjoy the experience. You can explore the sculptures at your own pace and they are interactive so the children can climb on them and explore. There are real artists that live there and create these sculptures so you... More

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Stacy, Minnesota
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17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Must have been a farm purchased by some old hippies. Large art (house-sized) broadly spaced out so it takes some time getting through. Did not understand any of the art there, but was interesting. Like a blob of concrete in the shape of a deflated car. Nice playground for kids. Nice way to spend an afternoon for free.

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