Best Places To Take Family Photos In Minnesota

Best Places To Take Family Photos In Minnesota

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to family and loved ones, this can be especially true. No matter who moves away, or what changes in the world, you will always have those moments with the whole family smiling together. In a state as picturesque as Minnesota, there is no need to stay stuck inside the back room of K-Mart to get your photos. Get everyone together and make memories for years to come with pictures at these beautiful Minnesota locations.

Here are a few other ideas from last year for when you’re finished: Best Places In Minnesota To Take Family Photos.


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Rice & Mears Parks
109 W 4th St.
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 632-5111

221 E 5th St.
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 632-5111

Downtown St. Paul is defined by two beautiful parks. One lies in the heart of downtown’s core, and the other is in the midst of historic Lowertown to the east. Both are perfect for family pictures.

Rice Park, with its statues of classic Peanuts characters (does it get anymore classic St. Paul than that?), stunning fountain, beautiful surrounding downtown landscape that includes the awe-inspiring St. Paul Hotel, Landmark Center and St. Paul Public Library, all well over 100 years old, is about as picturesque as you could ever hope for.

Mears Park, on the eastern end in the middle of the booming warehouse district, is stunning in a different way. Mears Park is defined by the brick buildings that loom like turn-of-the-century ghosts. A brook cuts through the middle of the park, and with overhanging trees that are lush green in the summer and majestically white in the winter, the park is an ideal background for that perfect family photo.

As these two parks are at the ends of a beautiful, walkable downtown, why not take your family pictures at both?

St. Anthony Main

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St. Anthony Main
219 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3200

One of the oldest surviving stretches in Minneapolis, St. Anthony Main sits along the Mississippi and practically begs for photograph after photograph. In the old Mill District, where Minneapolis first rose to prominence, you’ll find historic buildings that are an incredible backdrop for pictures. You’ll also find the mighty Mississippi roaring past, the magnificent Minneapolis skyline towering above, nature trails and a serenity you don’t often find in the big city.

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Nicollet Mall
41-69 S 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(888) 676-6757

Capture the hustle and bustle of this shopping and dining district in downtown Minneapolis. The colors, the buildings and the energy will make for memorable photos no matter what time of day you’re there, although if you go right at lunch hour, you might get bumped into quite a bit before you get that perfect shot. It’s a beautiful urban stretch that will add vibrancy to your family pictures. Stop and take a photo with Mary Tyler Moore, or just find the perfect pose along one of America’s finest pedestrian malls.


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Como Lake
St Paul, MN 55117
(651) 632-2402

There is nothing more serene than this quiet lake tucked into the Como Park neighborhood of St. Paul. No matter what season, the views are second to none and you’re sure to get lost in the splendor of your surroundings. The majestic pavilion, the placid waters, the surrounding historic homes and the trees, green or pure white depending on the season, will make family photos you are sure to be proud of.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.