The Stone Arch Bridge is a classic Minneapolis fixture. It connects downtown to the University of Minnesota and St. Anthony Main side of things. It is the site of the Stone Arch Festival as well as a great venue to view the many summer fireworks shows from.
I highly suggest visiting it for several reasons.
1. I can’t begin to express how many great photos you can take from it. The skyline is gorgeous from almost any location on the bridge and only gets better as the sun sets. Things you can see from the bridge: Downtown, St. Anthony Main, the St. Anthony Falls, the University of Minnesota, and a bit of Northeast. (The Stone Arch Bridge is also featured in many professional photographs, like engagement photos.)
2. If you’re an avid runner, rollerblader, biker or walker, the bridge is a dedicated bike and pedestrian path. You can continue on the West River Road paths or the various bike lanes that run throughout Northeast and the University area.
3. The Stone Arch Bridge is highly historical and has participated in Minneapolis’ history. It used to be a railroad bridge – railroads were and still are very active in this area of the Midwest. It is also included on the list of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.
- The parking situation: There is a pay parking lot on the downtown end of the bridge. On the St. Athony Main side, there is an abundance of street parking (View the post on St. Anthony Main for more parking information.).
- Great 360 degree views!
- All lovers of outdoor sports will be able to utilize it in some way.
*Photos to come!*