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MSP Layover Idea: Fresh Tacos at Minnehaha Falls

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Have time to kill near the Minneapolis Airport this summer? Take a short trek, 8-15 min depending on traffic, to Minnehaha Falls. The free park grounds feature lush green scenery and the popular waterfall.

Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis Keri

Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis Sea Salt Cafe exterior

Even better, there’s a cute little restaurant next to the falls that features fresh seafood options, decent wine pours, and a variety of local beers on tap. The Sea Salt Cafe offers rather sophisticated dishes ($11-$18) as well as bargain priced fried fish tacos ($4.95).

Sea Salt Cafe Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis menu

Sea Salt Cafe Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis specials

Sea Salt Cafe Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis beers on tap

Sea Salt Cafe Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis wine options

I went with the latter which included onions, cilantro, and salsa, and enjoyed them in the brisk summer air, people watching and listening to the waterfall nearby.

Sea Salt Cafe Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis outdoor seating

Sea Salt Cafe Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis fried fish tacos

If you’re a train buff, Princess Depot is a short walk away.

Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis Princess Depot

And don’t miss the sweet yellow Longfellow House, a 2/3 size replica of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s original in Cambridge. The friendly staff will give you a quick and interesting overview of the area and the life of Robert “Fish” Jones, who built the house and kept a menagerie.

Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis Longfellow house

Be sure to go downstairs to the basement to see the pictures of him and his animals (and take advantage of the nice restroom — a better option than the park’s portable toilets).

Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis Longfellow House basement

If you don’t have car access, Uber is only about $8-$11 each way and the light rail has a stop nearby.

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