I’m on a mission to hit up at least a few of the Checkpoints from the CheckPoint MN challenge. It would be wrong of me to not get the Prince Mural in Chanhassen. It’s in my hometown after all. Like the Swinging Bridge at Alexander Ramsey Park, there is a lot more to see than just the CheckPoint Destination.
The Prince Mural is on the backside of the Cinema in Chanhassen. You can park right in front of the checkpoint, making it one of the easiest destinations to visit in my opinion.
Graham Hoete, a New Zealand artist, completed the mural. He had just done a tribute Prince with a mural in Sydney that went viral. The community of Prince fans made a request for Graham to travel here and create something similar. With the help of a local resident, he was able to secure the canvas. They used the back of the Chanhassen Cinema. Completed just two months after the singer’s death, it turned out amazing. Both songs, “Purple Rain” and “When Dove’s Cry” provided inspiration the prince mural.
Getting to the Prince Mural is simple, just map the Chanhassen Cinema on your phone. Once you find the Cinema, it’s located on the west side of the building.
Prince was such an active member in the community. Almost everyone you talk to will be able to tell you of their personal encounter with the man. I never got the opportunity to meet him, but I was fortunate to have been able to listen to some of his music from my house. We lived close by. Unfortunately, he passed along before my kids were old enough alone in the house. It was my husband and I’s dream to one-day visit Paisley Park for one of his late night concerts he was known for. Since he was such a night owl, our day paths never crossed out and about.
Princes home, Paisley Park is open to public tours right now. If you plan on visiting, make sure to go online to buy your tickets. They do not sell them at the gate. Also, bring a flash drive with you if you want in a picture of yourself next to the piano. Otherwise, you’ll fall into the trap of having to pay for one there. Paisley Park after dark is light up with purple lights, providing something magical. Seeing it still light makes me think of him every time.
Other Things to Do in Chanhassen
While in Chanhassen, there are a bunch of other things to check out. Visit Lake Ann Park. If it gives you an idea of how nice of a park it is, Prince owned a lot of property around the lake. It’s a small park but has some nice views of the lake. Depending on weather conditions it can be quite stunning.
Another great stop is the Landscape Arboretum. The 3-mile drive is closed to vehicles during the winter months but open to pedestrians. They shovel the pathway for you if you want to walk it. They also have cross-country skiing trails and snowshoeing available. Monday’s November through April, admission is free. Otherwise, it costs $12 for adults to visit.
Where To Find It All
Chanhassen is a great community to spend a day in. There is so much to do there, that I haven’t even scratched the surface.
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