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Franconia Sculpture Park

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Address: 29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, MN 55074
Phone Number: 651-465-3701
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Fun, Fun, Fun. For the whole family and all ages!

I have been here many times, but they have expanded and wanted people to know that detail. Swings for the kids, more new sculptures and still great access and parking.We took... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I have been here many times, but they have expanded and wanted people to know that detail. Swings for the kids, more new sculptures and still great access and parking.We took grandparents, teens and an 8 year old. It was a blast for everyone.

Thank SailinggirlMinnesota
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This sculpture park is an amazing find. it covers several acres so be prepared to walk. Guest artists are there every year and there are also activities in which the public can participate.

Thank Ken W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Drove out with my kids (9 & 12) today on the recommendation of a friend. Didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be a really interesting field trip on a gorgeous fall day. The kids did not once say they were bored (a miracle). Lots of ambling in the sunshine looking at cool stuff. Picnic tables, clean... More 

Thank MarleeTravels
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If you are a fan of larger than life-size abstract art?, you will truly enjoy yourself. The place would fit right in with the movie "Vacation" w/Chevy Chase. What the artist's visions were when they created these sculptures?? only they could tell you. A classic "Road-side Attraction" worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank jswim733
Ramsey, Minnesota
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

If you like unusual art, this is the place. While many of the sculptures are just plain strange or even creepy, some are thought provoking and some very touching. Worth a walk through for sure.

Thank KVRose
Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

FREE and open the public 365 days a year! 43 acres of the unusual, the bizarre the funky the intelligent the delightful the groovy and awesome. Great for ALL ages, but you will need to be able to walk some. Cleared (mowed and some graveled) trails wind around and in and through the sculptures and terrain can be uneven but... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Franconia Sculpture Park is a large, open area full of interesting sculptures and art. Most of the exhibits are hands-on which means you can touch and explore them. There are a few exhibits that you can climb into and on including a large playscape near the main house. This is a free park, but they have a donation station along... More 

Thank Jennifer H
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Every year --for the last five year-- we go to Franconia hot metal pour. It was a good experience for the first three.. getting worse last year. This year, we are very disappointed tho. Seemed like there were no coordination from the people who ran the program. We bought the mold online and came early (at 10am) to the program,... More 

Thank MamiTRex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Really neat sculpture park north of the cities. It's worth the drive - bring a picnic basket and stop on your way to Taylors Falls. It would make a great day trip.

Thank Travel17_2004
Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Friends told us about this place and we allowed extra time from our travels from North Shore to the Twin Cities to see the sculpture park. We were told it is very eclectic and you can speak with the artists who are selected to be artists in residence and creating their individual pieces. As the other reviews have mentioned, it... More 

Thank Dwight D

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