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Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

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#3 of 7 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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  • Here is a beautiful lake with a 3 mile circumference, with the bike path a bit longer than the walking path. If you drive to this destination, keep in mind that parking lots have payment stations. You...  more »
  • We walked around a large part of Lake Harriett. Lovely homes, great weather, worked up a great appetite. Fall was definitely in the air.  more »
  • There is a paved walking path with great views of the lake. The path is shaded and there is a separate path for bikers, so you can relax without always having to look over your shoulder for the next b...  more »

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