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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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  • We drove there and found parking in a public pay lot (reasonably priced). It was a great spot to walk in the evening. There was a police band concert....pleasant. What a gem to have lakes like this ri...  more »
  • What a beautiful lake and setting. Great for walking, people watching. Looking a the great homes around the lake. Lot's of energy. Also feel very safe.  more »
  • When the "good" weather comes out you go to the lake and Lake Harriet is an exceptional place to enjoy the walk around the lake, the Rose Garden, the Peace Garden, a concert or Sunday morning service ...  more »