Minnehaha is a distinctive neighborhood in the Nokomis community in Minneapolis. Its boundaries are Minnehaha Parkway to the north, Hiawatha Avenue to the east, 54th Street to the south, and 34th Avenue to the west.
Mentioned in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Song of Hiawatha, Minnehaha means “laughing waters,” in Ojibwe, referencing the waterfall in Minnehaha Park, which is the neighborhood’s biggest attraction. Minnehaha Park overlooks the Mississippi River and is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, attracting nearly one million annual visitors. Located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, the 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, sculptures and river overlooks. Truly a park for the entire family, the Wabun wading pool, Sea Salt Eatery, Minnehaha Falls Pavilion and Bandshell, The Longfellow House, bike rentals and music in the park make it a prime summer location for all the young families who live in the Minnehaha neighborhood. The 50th Street / Minnehaha Park station of the Hiawatha Line is also located in the Minnehaha neighborhood, making access to the park easy and convenient.
Minnehaha Park also includes the picturesque and newly renovated Longfellow Gardens as well as the Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden. Visitors can also canoe the Minnehaha Creek, which extends from Lake Minnetonka and flows east for 22 miles through several suburbs west of Minneapolis and then through south Minneapolis. Minnehaha Creek is the lifeline which weaves its way through several neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Life along this creek is ideal, peaceful and highly desirable.