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Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

4.7
#2 of 11 in Nature in Minneapolis
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. Use our Minneapolis trip itinerary maker to add Lake Harriet and other attractions to your Minneapolis vacation plans.
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  • We used to spend a lot of time on Lake Harriet Island, but the nature-Nazis have pretty much wreaked the experience. Used to be, there were ducks, geese, and even swans along the banks and the park wa...  more »
  • As a lifelong runner in Minneapolis, I love all of the lakes and the Mississippi River paths, but Lake Harriet is my favorite. The pathway is tree lined and scenic, with a nice view of the Minneapolis...  more »
  • My husband and I love to walk around this lake together. It's just the right size for a solid workout. And it's best on a weekday in the middle of the day; it's so popular you will want to avoid weeke...  more »
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  • One of the best spots in Minneapolis. Great to bike and walk around. They have events frequently and there is the bread a pickle for a good snack/ treat/ drink.
  • So cool because there is a plane in the water
  • Beautiful lake, great place to bike, walk and lively fun band
  • Beautiful place!! I really enjoyed Lake Harriet !!
  • Lake Harriet is an absolutely wonderful stop if you're a local or a visitor to Minneapolis. Beautiful bike paths surround the lake, the bandshell area is great for a picnic or a rest, and winter activities occupy the lake during the winter. One of my favorite spots in the area!
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