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4 Minnesota Waterfalls Within 2 Hours Of Minneapolis (AMAZING PHOTOS)

4 Minnesota Waterfalls Within 2 Hours of Minneapolis (AMAZING PHOTOS)

Top 4 Waterfalls in MN Near Minneapolis

Looking for day trip adventures close to Minneapolis Minnesota? Here’s a list of waterfalls within a 2 hour drive of Minnesota.  To be fair, we curated much of this list from a Roots Rated list here, but we wanted  to show more pictures.

So we’ve pulled together the best photos of Minnesota waterfalls off of social media, and we’re sharing them here!

Best Parks in Minnesota for a Day Trip

It can be frustrating trying to find fun things to do close to Minneapolis.

Every time I jump on Google to find some great outdoors to bring my kids to, I find myself seeing the same spectacular pictures of northern minnesota hot-spots.

I love Northern Minnesota, but I don’t love the drive from Minneapolis.

When you have a family with young children, you start to love the Minnesota Day Trip.

We want to jump in the Minivan on a Saturday morning, head out to our destination, and then be back before 10pm.

Here are 8 Waterfalls to Explore Near Minneapolis Minnesota!

1 – Saint Anthony Falls

Alright, Saint Anthony Falls is our first waterfall close to Minneapolis, because… well it’s in Minneapolis.  There are walking paths, the stone arch bridge, and a host of other great things to do here.  It’s also very fun to head up to NE Minneapolis and check out some of the amazing coffee shops and restaurants int he location.

The History of Saint Anthony Falls

Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Information

National Park Service St. Anthony Falls

Here are pictures of Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis

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2. Vermillion Falls State Park Hastings

Hastings is a nice place to bring the family for a bike ride or hikes.  One of the main attractions in this Mississippi River town, is the Vermillion River Falls right before it heads into the Mississippi.  This is an awesome Minnesota Waterfall!

Hastings Area Parks and Trails Website

Reviews from TripAdvisor about Hastings Vermillion WaterFall

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3 – Ramsey Falls Waterfall in Redwood Falls Mn

Ramsey Falls is a bit of a drive to the far west, but it’s a beautiful area and it has LOTS to do for the entire family. This one’s about two

Trip Advisor Reviews of Alexander Ramsey Park and Waterfall

Redwood Falls Official Website

Ramsey Park Zoo


Facebook Page

Air BnB Places to Stay Overnight at


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4 – Hidden Falls Waterfall in Big Woods State Park Nerstrand Minnesota

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Nerstrand Minnesota is about an hour south of Minneapolis Just northeast of Faribault.  This means it’s a quick trip from the Lakeville, Farmington, Apple Valley, Burnsville area.  If you’re looking for a great park that’s close to the south Metro, this is a spectacular place. There are places to camp, hike, and picnic with your family.

Friends of Nerstrand Events etc

DNR Official Website

Trip Advisor Reviews for Nerstrand State Park

Explore MN Official Site



Hidden Falls-Nerstrand Big Woods State Park time lapse from Douglas Feltman on Vimeo.

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