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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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  • I lived a block off Lake Harriet on east side and spent much time there. I definitely recommend the east side with rose gardens and park. Many weddings attended there and people really give you your s...  more »
  • I always enjoy walking this lake and seeing a variety of people on foot, bike, and occasional roller blades. The Peace Garden and the Rose Garden are must stops along the way. 
  • There ain't no nothin' special about this lake. Just a big pit filled with dirty water and sad ducks. 
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  • I really liked the kite festival here which occurs during winter on the frozen lake.