You won’t find this local landmark in any tourist guidebooks, or see it marked on any maps. Nevertheless, it is one of my favorite things in South Minneapolis.
Situated at the intersection of Portland Avenue and the Minnehaha Parkway is a giant brass bunny. Created by artist Jeff Barber in 2002, Cottontail on the Trail (better known as “The Bunny”) has quickly become a local favorite for all ages. Neighbors dress up the bunny for all kinds of occasions. He has a long scarf in the winter, a floral wreath for spring, and patriotic ribbons for the Fourth of July. One autumn they even nestled an old rake between his enormous paws.
I drive past the bunny on my way to work, and it makes me smile every single day. Giant bunnies have that effect on people.
Take a stroll down Minnehaha Parkway (or go for a bike ride or a run) and pay my friend Mr. Cottontail a visit. Use the old green pump to get a drink of water from the fountain, and take a break on the nearby bench. Sit on his back- I dare you. I bet you can’t visit without cracking a smile.
The bunny has become a popular photo op, and not just for Easter Sunday photos (our church is two blocks away from the bunny, you better believe we’ve trekked out to the bunny in our Easter outfits). I’ve seen a peloton of cyclists pull off the path to have their photo taken with the statue, and numerous families posing with it for Christmas cards. Check out some of my favorites over the years below (yes, we did take wedding photos with the bunny!)
For all of you who grew up watching Veggie Tales and now have “The Bunny” song stuck in your head, here’s a link to the original song. You’re welcome.
Fellow Minnesotans- what are your favorite hidden treasures in the Twin Cities? Where should our adventure take us next?