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Franconia Sculpture Park

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Address: 29815 Unity Ave, Shafer, MN 55074-9661
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+1 651-465-3701
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Nice low key attraction

Great place to take a walk through. Lots of interesting pieces and best of all -- it's free! Gets a bit muddy after rain pr snow melt, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 27, 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Great place to take a walk through. Lots of interesting pieces and best of all -- it's free! Gets a bit muddy after rain pr snow melt, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

Thank Ogutarts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Franconia is such a fun place to visit any time of year for all ages. Many of the sculptures are interactive and you can climb on. A few times a year they have music, art for kids and some food check their website to be sure.

Thank jfun4
Rush City, Minnesota
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87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We stopped in for a self tour, it started to drizzle, no problem for a donation we used one of their golf carts (with a roof) There are sculptures all over, spread out over 40 some acres. Like anything else some were much more interesting than others but over all it was really cool. Great activity for friends, family, a... More 

Thank Dale C
Plymouth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We recently went there for an afternoon trip and I loved it...there is ample space to walk around and you can stroll and look at the 15+ huge outdoor sculptures...the playgrounds are awesome to look at in greater detail. This is great for kids, too. Loved it!

Thank Aeneken
Woodbury, Minnesota
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93 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

These big sculptures are fun to see. There's lots of walking involved and as you stroll you happen across sculptures hidden in nooks and crannies, behind bushes or trees that hid them from view. There's one with a ladder to climb, some the kids can swing on, lots to see. The descriptions are not very helpful so ignore them and... More 

Thank LovingNewAdventures
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

I wish to join the enthusiastic throng praising this awesome Minnesota attraction. Kids learn a lot just by strolling through the now-expanded grounds of this place. I can't think of anything to improve it. Possibly by having more hands-on art MAKING stuff--and I'm guessing that exists but I didn't see it. Stay for 15 minutes or three hours--there's so much... More 

Thank Jonathan H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I stopped with my teen son to search for Pokemon but from the parking lot we could tell we were going to put the phone away and enjoy the art. We ended up walking through the park with the pooch on a leash and having a really pleasant conversation. If you have a teenage son you know that those heart... More 

Thank 763SunnyGirl67
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Never gets old. Always something new. Love it in all seasons. Great FREE place to bring your kids for a photo shoot or a simple picnic

Thank Nicole C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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151 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

The two of us came here on a Saturday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised to find out that there was entertainment---FABULOUS entertainment! The day was lovely and the sculptures are fun, quirky, interesting, delightful, insightful--

Thank chinanelsons
Roseville, Minnesota
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201 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

What do you need to know about this place? It's a solid drive (45 min. from St. Paul) but is made convenient by its proximity to the popular Taylors Falls area. It's free, except we had to pay $5 for parking on a weekend event day. They have a regular summer schedule; check it out in advance so you can... More 

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