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“Interesting place for a break from the city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
1940 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, and Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55422
612 370 4903
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Ranked #17 of 87 Attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Interesting place for a break from the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Dropped by here at the weekend (end of July) and managed to tag along with one of the free tours they have of the area. You can find tour times on their web page. The tours are free!

It was raining but the tour guide, a lady called Karen, was great helping us around even though it was raining. She let us pause the tour as we wanted to shelter in between showers.

She was very knowledgable and also great with the little person we took along (4yr old) answering his questions and engaging all of us.

The bugs were out, so you want to take bug spray. You also want to take quarters for the car park (75c an hour or you could call a number to buy parking time from the car park).

There were some pretty interesting plants there but I have to say, I we even more excited by the birds we saw. Apparently they have bird spotting walks early in the mornings (around 7:30).

A nice little place to visit and certainly soaked my little one in all the right ways. I'll be visiting again once the seasons change a there are different plant cycles to see.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“peaceful, off the beaten path.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

If you want no crowds, time to smell the flowers, and picture perfect wildflower scenes, this is the place to be! Cute visitor center! Many trails to explore! Only downside: NO DOGS ALLOWED. hence why we do not go very often. You do have to pay for parking too :/

Visited July 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Wonderful wild place in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Minneapolis has a number of places where the urban area disappears, and this is one of them. The garden is more like a forest reserve than a formal garden, with trails that take you from heavily wooded spots to meadow. Easy walks, with climbs that are only difficult for those who have mobility impairments, and some nice benches along the way to sit and enjoy the day. Great collection of feeders near main buildings, for those who want to watch a variety of birds feeding and flitting back and forth. Can get a little crowded on weekends, but it's big enough that it's rarely congested except near the entrance and the buildings.

Visited July 2012
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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“a leisure walk in Minneapolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

It's a serene place with to walk and enjoy the out doors so close to the city. In July and August or early spring the flowers are particularly fine.

Visited September 2012
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Falcon Heights, Minnesota
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“Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Wildflowers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is a nature-lover's paradise in the urban Twin Cities. This 15-acre garden was created in 1907 by high school biology teach, Eloise Butler. The small slice of woodland, bog and prairie is now home to more than 500 plant and 130 bird species. April through October are the best months to visit, with April and May being the height of the Spring Bird Migration.

Visited May 2012
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