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Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

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#3 of 9 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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  • I'm so fortunate to live just blocks from Lake Harriet. One of the nice things about lakes in Minneapolis is that they are surrounded by public trails (one for walking/running, another for biking and ...  more »
  • We visited just in time to see the Shanty Exhibit. Wonderful creations on the frozen lake were a joy to see.  more »
  • nice gateway from the crowded city and park has nice music played also. Enjoyed the sunshine and the bike ride  more »
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  • Great lake to be on or go around. Fun to fat bike across it in the winter when frozen. Lot of fun here! The band shell is also great!
  • Very nice place to come and see free concerts and movies. Awesome homes and neighborhood.
  • Nice place. Was here for Winter Art Shanty
  • Absolutely love this lake. I don't seem in it but it's beautiful to walk around and kayak in.
  • Good place to hangout. Got some bike trails. Nice to walk around too
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