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Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
(4.7/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
A good place for a leisurely stroll and picnic, Lake Harriet covers 135.5 hectares (335 acres) and is surrounded by several bike and pedestrian trails. Along the paths you'll find two beaches, refreshment stands, a marina, and a bandshell from which you can often hear live music. The lake is dotted with picturesque sailboats, but you'll also see canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and stand-up paddle boards. Tourists can rent smaller boats and mountain bikes from a nearby rental shop. Don't miss the famed "elf house" carved into the base of a tree, where visitors leave letters for the elf. Rumor has it that the elf is diligent with his replies--a few days later you might just find a response. To visit Lake Harriet and other attractions in Minneapolis, use our Minneapolis itinerary planner.
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  • Have enjoyed a couple of long walks with family members this summer and fall weekends. When the weather is nice be prepared for the crowds; everyone is well-behaved, but finding parking is a challenge...  more »
  • The paths around Lake Harriet are well used by cyclists, walkers, runners and everyday folks. We really enjoy getting our grandsons out there to see the routine fun they have while enjoying the great ...  more »
  • Lake Harriet is a nice lake with several beaches and is surrounded by beautiful, million-dollar homes. Is is frequented by the fitness-focused city-dwellers of Minneapolis, as well as many dog walkers...  more »
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  • I really liked the kite festival here which occurs during winter on the frozen lake.