Nicollet Island is an island neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The island is located in the middle of the Mississippi River near the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The island itself doesn’t have a lot of homes on it, but what it lacks in homes it more than makes up for in scenery with excellent views of the river and city.
On the island itself there is a large Catholic High School, De Lasalle High School along with a few tennis courts. Outside of that, many of the destinations require crossing one of the numerous bridges that cross the island in every direction.
Off of the north side of Nicollet Island is a pedestrian only bridge that heads to Boom Island Park an area that was at one time an island but with silt buildup eventually became connected to the mainland on the east. This park provides incredible views of the Mississippi River and is a popular place for pictures and weddings. The park has playgrounds, picnic areas, a boat launch, and marina. The river itself is popular for recreational boating as well as fishing. On the north side of the park is a charter boat service that allows visitors to take a tour of the area aboard the Minneapolis Queen. The park also has a lighthouse that was once used for navigation.
Crossing the bridge at Hennepin Avenue to the southwest provides access to the big city offerings of downtown Minneapolis. Just over the bridge are many different attractions including the Mill City Museum to the south which showcases the history of the area and Guthrie Theater which is next to Mill City. Guthrie Theater is a popular destination for visitors looking for Broadway style theatrical performances. Other attractions such as the Target Center home of the Minnesota Timberwolves are also nearby.