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Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

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#3 of 7 in Nature in Minneapolis
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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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  • The walking and biking paths around the Lake attract visitors and locals. There are walkers, runners, bikers, people strolling, swimming, sailing and sitting on benches. I have even encountered musici...  more »
  • Beautiful/well-maintained paths for running/walking or biking, as well as picnic areas. In the summer there are movies and concerts at the bandshell. There are also piers for casual fishing.  more »
  • The great thing about a walk around Lake Harriet is that there are so many options. A walk in the neighborhood to admire the gardens. A stop at the Rose Garden. A loop around the lake to look for the ...  more »

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