With over a billion monthly active users, Instagram is one of the world’s most popular social networks.  It offers users a chance to share photos of everything from exotic vacations to weekday lunches. 

From the great outdoors to drool-worthy food, Inver Grove Heights has some great places to snap Instagram photos—follow the Visit Inver Grove Heights Instagram account for some of the best photos of Inver Grove Heights.  Tag your Inver Grove Heights photos with #VisitIGH for a chance to be featured! 

For natural beauty shots…

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Swing Bridge Park

It’s probably the most Instagrammed spot in Inver Grove Heights: Swing Bridge Park offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River from a walking pier that juts out 680 feet over the river.  The pier itself is also worthy of a photo, thanks to its dramatic beam construction.  For a unique perspective of Swing Bridge Park, consider snapping some photos of the park’s other historic features, including an arch, railroad tracks, and a large gear that came from the bridge.

4465 66th St.; ci.inver-grove-heights.mn.us/545/Swing-Bridge-Park

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North Valley Park

One of Inver Grove Heights’ larger parks, North Valley Park is a wooded escape with opportunities to photograph rolling hills and beautiful foliage.  For some action shots, check out the park’s disc golf course, tennis courts, or pickleball courts.

2800 70th St. E; ci.inver-grove-heights.mn.us/281/North-Valley-Park

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Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area

With awe-inspiring views from 200-foot bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area is one of the best places in the Twin Cities to get a photo of the river in its wild state.  The area is also a habitat for birds during the twice-yearly migration along the Mississippi flyway, and wildflowers can be spotted in the spring and early summer.

3599-3501 111th St. E.; dnr.state.mn.us/snas/detail.html?id=sna02030

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Beautiful blooms, picture-perfect succulents, and impressive holiday displays: Gertens is more than just a shopping destination, it’s a great place to snap some photos for Instagram.  Unlike most Twin Cities garden centers, Gertens grows the majority of the plants they sell. 

5500 Blaine Ave.; 651-450-1501; gertens.com


For photogenic food…

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B-52 Burgers and Brew

Burgers are one of the most popular foods on Instagram, and the more loaded with toppings, the better.  B-52 Burgers and Brew has a huge list of burgers that are ready for a closeup, like a Bar Food Burger stacked with pickle chips, waffle fries, cheese curds, a tater tot fritter, onions, and nacho cheese.  Snag a table on the rooftop patio to take advantage of the natural light that will make that burger look its best.

5639 Bishop Ave.; 651-451-3838; b52burgersandbrew.com

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Iwa Sushi

Thanks to the bright colors and artistic plate arrangements, sushi is an excellent food to photograph for Instagram.  At Iwa Sushi, order a variety of rolls for an interesting photo.  The lunch menu features a great selection of two rolls for $8.95 or three rolls for $12.95.  Another option is to order one of the sushi and sashimi specials, which offer an impressive spread of sushi for two.

7781 Amana Trail, Suite 205; 651-455-1473; iwasushimn.com

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Peterson Popcorn

An ice cream cone makes for a perfect Instagram photo—just make sure to snap that shot before it melts.  While the selection at Peterson Popcorn is ever-changing, several of the more colorful flavors make for a photogenic pick.  For example, birthday cake has rainbow sprinkles, Superman is a vibrant swirl of red, yellow, and blue, and Cookie Monster is a brilliant blue.

3045 80th St. E.; 651-457-4086; facebook.com/PetersonPopcorn

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Jersey’s Bar & Grill

Instagram isn’t just for photos—share a video to mix things up.  For example, the oozing molten cheese center of one of Jersey’s Bar & Grill signature Jersey’s Juicys are best appreciated with the camera rolling.  Try the classic version stuffed with American cheese, or mix things up with a loaded juicy stuffed with bacon and cheddar jack.

6449 Concord Blvd.; 651-455-4561; jerseysbar.com


Ready to start snapping and posting?  Visit Inver Grove Heights will be sponsoring an Instagram photo contest in September—follow the Visit Inver Grove Heights account and keep an eye out for more details!

For an excellent ending to a picture-perfect day in Inver Grove Heights, book a stay at one of Inver Grove Heights’ hotels. Inver Grove Height hotels are conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Book your room today!