Distance: 9.2 Miles
Active Ride Time: About 1 Hour
Nice Ride is Minneapolis' hometown bike share service. With over 3,000 bikes and hundreds of docking stations/dockless hubs, Nice Ride is the most fun, convenient and green way to see the city! There are two ways to ride, the classic green bikes parked at docking stations and the new dockless blue bikes parked at Nice Ride's virtual parking hubs. Ride for 30 minutes at a time for $2, or you can ride for a full day with a Nice Ride Day Pass fare for only $6. Use the Nice Ride app to find a bike near you!
5000 W River Pkwy
Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks. Explore all 167 acres complete with a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, river overlooks, and several sculptures. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System consists of 12.6 miles through the Park that allows you to get up close to natural wonders on your bike or on foot.
Minnehaha Park to Lunch at Longfellow Grill
(2.3 miles, about 15 minutes)
1. Turn northeast on the path along Godfrey Pkwy/W River Pkwy
2. After the Lake Street underpass, turn left onto W River Pkwy
3. Turn right onto Dorman Avenue, Longfellow grill will be on the left
(612) 721-2711, 2990 West River Parkway
Located on West River Parkway, Longfellow Grill boasts a cozy indoor dining room with a fully stocked bar and a picturesque outdoor dining experience on a large patio overlooking the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park. Dine at Longfellow every day of the week and enjoy breakfast, lunch, weekday happy hour, dinner or late night meals. Guest favorites include: Locally-brewed Freehouse Beer, French Toast, Bacon Jam Burger and Roasted Beet Salad.
Longfellow Grill to Franklin Avenue Bridge
(1.5 miles, about 10 minutes)
1. Ride east on Dorman Avenue toward W River Pkwy
2. Turn left onto W River Pkwy
3. Turn right toward W River Pkwy
4. Use the pedestrian crosswalk to walk your bicycle across W River Pkwy, then turn left and ride north toward E 29th Street
5. Turn left onto the Franklin Avenue ramp
6. Turn right onto E Franklin Avenue and onto the Franklin Avenue Bridge
E Franklin Ave
Construction of the Franklin Avenue Bridge began over 100 years ago in 1919. In 1923 the steel reinforced arched concrete bridge was completed, spanning over 1,000 feet across the Mississippi River. Walk your bike across the bridge and enjoy views of the city skyline and the river. As you continue riding north on the other side of the bridge, you'll pass by the University of Minnesota campus.
Franklin Avenue Bridge to Izzy's Ice Cream and Gold Medal Park
(3.7 miles, about 30 minutes)
1. Continue across the Franklin Avenue Bridge to the other side
2. Turn right onto E River Pkwy
3. Just before the intersection at Cecil Street SE, turn right onto the bike path and follow it as it curves right to head north along the Mississippi River
4. Turn left to merge onto the bike path along E River Pkwy
5. At the Education Sciences Building make a slight left toward the Dinkytown Greenway pedestrian bridge
6. Turn left onto the pedestrian bridge and cross to the western bank of the river
7. Turn right at 20th Avenue S toward W River Pkwy
8. Turn left onto the path along W River Pkwy
9. Turn left onto 11th Avenue S, Izzy's Ice Cream will be on the left
(612) 206-3356, 1100 S 2nd St
Come enjoy super premium ice cream made with Midwest cream. Izzy's is famous for the "Izzy Scoop" - a small, extra scoop of one of 32 flavors to complete your cone. Check out the flavors Izzy's is currently serving at http://bit.ly/currentflavorup.
Second Street and 11th Avenue South
Walk across the street from Izzy's Ice Cream to Gold Medal Park, where you can enjoy your cone al fresco in 7.5 acres of green space with public art and a view of the classic "Gold Medal Flour" sign. This award-winning park has hundreds of mature trees and a signature spiral walkway to the peak of it's "observation mound".
Gold Medal Park to Nicollet Island
(1.6 miles, about 12 minutes)
1. Ride northeast on 11th Avenue S toward W River Pkwy
2. Turn left onto the path along W River Pkwy
3. At First Bridge Park turn left toward Hennepin Avenue and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge
4. Turn right to cross the Hennepin Avenue Bridge
5. Turn right onto Wilder Street
6. Turn left onto Merriam Street, the Nicollet Island pavilion and park area will be on the right, or you can turn left onto E Island Avenue to ride into Nicollet Island and it's neighborhoods
Nicollet Island was named after Joseph Nicollet, a French explorer and cartographer who mapped the region of the Upper Mississippi River in the 1830s. Bike around to see the island's many Victorian-era homes, kick back at the pavilion, and explore the many trails available for biking and walking.
Minneapolis has been ranked as the city with the best park system in the United States six times. It's also one of the nation's most bike friendly cities. With this tour enjoy world-class bike trails, incredible parks, and some of the tastiest treats Minneapolis has to offer!
Distance: 9.2 Miles
Active Ride Time: About 1 Hour
This tour is brought to you by MCB
You should consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Bicycling is an activity with risk of personal injury. My City Bikes and its affiliates are not responsible in any capacity for harm or injury that may occur as a result of bicycling. You are solely responsible for your safety while biking.