Longfellow Gardens is hands down my favorite outdoor spot in the summer and fall!! It has beautiful gardens, tall grasses, a vine covered pergola and a free parking lot!! I bring multiple seniors to this magical location each year because it never disappoints. Oh and it is just a quick walk from Minnehaha Falls and all the special spots around there.
If you are wanting an urban spot with brick, metal and unique old stairs then NE Minneapolis is my go-to. Around every corner there is an interesting corner, graffitied wall, random flowers, and so much more.
North loop is similar to NE Minneapolis, but it has a more city vibe. Funky courtyards, brick walls, interesting doors, sleek lines and random parking lots. North Loop delivers surprises every-time I am there.