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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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Champlin, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
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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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9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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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