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Lake Harriet, 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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  • This is my favorite place to take a walk in Minneapolis. There is great people watching, beautiful views of the city and band shell, music many nights a week in the summer.  more »
  • Lake Harriet is an enjoyable walk, classic houses surround it, and not far away is the old streetcar, hop on and take a ride in time.  more »
  • Great lake for a relaxed walk or for a regular jogging. Close to the airport runway but planes are not obnoxious when landing slightly south of the lake.  more »