Harriet Island


South of downtown and connected via Wabasha St, Harriet Island is a lovely place to meander. It has a river walk, paddle wheel steamboat cruises, concert stages and fishing docks.

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0.42 MILES

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2. Schubert Club Museum

0.47 MILES

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4. James J Hill House

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8. University of Minnesota

7.38 MILES

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