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Franconia Sculpture Park

Address: 29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, MN 55074
Phone Number: 651-465-3701
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Shafer
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Scandia, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Wonderful sculpture park set on acres of beautiful land in the St. Croix valley. This place is great for all ages. My 7 year old loves it. They have a golf cart available to use for those that need it. It is a free attraction and no fees are charged, but I have to say that it does not feel... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
52 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We were visiting the St Croix Falls and saw this on the drive through from St Pauls so we called in on the way back. You really can't miss it because they are giant sculptures visible from the road. The attraction is free but they obviously welcome donations to keep the place going. Some wild and wacky giant art sculptures... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We stumbled upon this place on our way to Taylor's Falls. If you have a few hours to kill, they have so many neat sculptures to look at. Some are really strange, some are really cool! It is a free exhibit but you can give a donation if you want.. Great way to spend an afternoon!

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Champlin, Minnesota
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

So glad we stopped on our way to Taylors Falls. We spent an enjoyable few hours viewing the sculptures and taking photos. They rotate the exhibit of sculptures so you might not see the same sculptures the next time you stop. They occasionally have events and workshops so be sure to check out their web page before you go. Here... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I visit the park at least three to four times a year, just to see what art has changed around the park. Plus it's just a beautiful spot to take a stroll and is open year round. Along with the creative, outdoor art they also host a lot of different activities such as the hot metal pour, kids make sculpture... More 

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

PROS: This free sculpture garden is so interesting, thought provoking, and unique. If you are passing through, you must stop in - you can spend an hour or a day (bring a picnic). CONS: can't think of one. TIPS: If it's a nice day, pack a small lunch and plan to hang out and really absorb in the atmosphere. Return... More 

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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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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
32 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
87 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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