Best lakes in Minneapolis

Check out the top lakes in Minneapolis, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Bde Maka Ska
1. Bde Maka Ska
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156 local reviews
Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis
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Gary
The walking and biking lake path where Mary Tyler Moore swung her arms in the opening credits four decades…
Stephen
The new name for Lake Calhoun. This together with Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet make up a continuous…
Amy
Rent a peddle boat, paddle board, canoe or kyak, play or watch sand volleyball, swim at the beach or take a…
1. Bde Maka Ska
1. Bde Maka Ska
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156 local reviews
Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis
Gary
Gary
The walking and biking lake path where Mary Tyler Moore swung her arms in the opening credits four decades ago. Still the best, most…
Stephen
Stephen
The new name for Lake Calhoun. This together with Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet make up a continuous chain of biking and walking paths…
Amy
Amy
Rent a peddle boat, paddle board, canoe or kyak, play or watch sand volleyball, swim at the beach or take a 3.1 miles stroll around the…
2. Lake Harriet
2. Lake Harriet
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81 local reviews
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
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Carrie
Minneapolis is known for it's lakes right in the city, with running/walking and biking paths that connect them…
Jean
Just 13 blocks from the house, Lake Harriet is one of the finest city lakes. Free concerts almost every night…
Lori
Lake Harriet is 9 blocks to our west. You can ride bike or jog around the lack, rent paddle boards, go…
2. Lake Harriet
2. Lake Harriet
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81 local reviews
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
Carrie
Carrie
Minneapolis is known for it's lakes right in the city, with running/walking and biking paths that connect them all, thanks to city law that…
Jean
Jean
Just 13 blocks from the house, Lake Harriet is one of the finest city lakes. Free concerts almost every night during the summer at the band…
Lori
Lori
Lake Harriet is 9 blocks to our west. You can ride bike or jog around the lack, rent paddle boards, go swimming, take your kids to the park,…
3. Lake of the Isles
3. Lake of the Isles
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82 local reviews
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
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Colleen & Aaron
The nearest lake to our house is also our favorite. Lake of the Isles is usually bustling with walkers,…
Chris
A walk around Lake of the Isles or any of the other lakes nearby is one of the highlights of Minneapolis! A…
Teresa
There are a chain of lakes about 6 miles from my home. Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. There…
3. Lake of the Isles
3. Lake of the Isles
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82 local reviews
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
Colleen & Aaron
Colleen & Aaron
The nearest lake to our house is also our favorite. Lake of the Isles is usually bustling with walkers, runners, bikers, boaters, skiers,…
Chris
Chris
A walk around Lake of the Isles or any of the other lakes nearby is one of the highlights of Minneapolis! A walk around Lake of the Isles…
Teresa
Teresa
There are a chain of lakes about 6 miles from my home. Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. There are walking paths, biking…
4. Lake Nokomis
4. Lake Nokomis
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62 local reviews
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
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Deanna
Lake Nokomis is filled with things to do any time of year. During the summer there are two beaches and rentals…
Megan
This is my favorite lake to hang out at. There is a little playground for kiddos and a swimming spot. During…
Nate &
Lake Nokomis is just a few miles down Hwy 77 and is great for walking or riding your bike for exercise. In the…
4. Lake Nokomis
4. Lake Nokomis
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62 local reviews
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Deanna
Deanna
Lake Nokomis is filled with things to do any time of year. During the summer there are two beaches and rentals for paddle boards, kayaks or…
Megan
Megan
This is my favorite lake to hang out at. There is a little playground for kiddos and a swimming spot. During the summer months Sandcastle…
Nate &
Nate &
Lake Nokomis is just a few miles down Hwy 77 and is great for walking or riding your bike for exercise. In the summer it's a great place to…
5. Powderhorn Park
5. Powderhorn Park
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45 local reviews
Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
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Ramona
Our favorite park! There is a small lake in the middle of Powderhorn Park that has an island (just for birds)…
Peter
Huge park 100 ft away to the west. Just walk down 32nd street 1 block and then you can head south with a…
Rosie
Contains a lake with trails and ice skating in the winter, ball fields, the best sledding hills in South…
5. Powderhorn Park
5. Powderhorn Park
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45 local reviews
Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Ramona
Ramona
Our favorite park! There is a small lake in the middle of Powderhorn Park that has an island (just for birds) and a dock if you like to…
Peter
Peter
Huge park 100 ft away to the west. Just walk down 32nd street 1 block and then you can head south with a beautiful look over the lake from…
Rosie
Rosie
Contains a lake with trails and ice skating in the winter, ball fields, the best sledding hills in South Minneapolis, a playground, tennis…
6. Maynards
6. Maynards
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29 local reviews
685 Excelsior Boulevard, Excelsior
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 952-470-1800
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Brian
Established in 1998, Maynard’s Restaurant began operating on a very historic piece of property in Excelsior,…
Chad
THE place to be on the lake in the summer. Come in your bathing suit or your 3 piece suit. All are welcome and…
Phillipa
If you pick one place to check out - I'd pick here... Great atmosphere - fun lakeside restaurant with bar…
6. Maynards
6. Maynards
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29 local reviews
685 Excelsior Boulevard, Excelsior
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 952-470-1800
Brian
Brian
Established in 1998, Maynard’s Restaurant began operating on a very historic piece of property in Excelsior, Minnesota on Lake Minnetonka…
Chad
Chad
THE place to be on the lake in the summer. Come in your bathing suit or your 3 piece suit. All are welcome and the massive patio can seat…
Phillipa
Phillipa
If you pick one place to check out - I'd pick here... Great atmosphere - fun lakeside restaurant with bar that is both formal/informal. …
7. Lake Harriet Bandshell
7. Lake Harriet Bandshell
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32 local reviews
4135 E Lake Harriet Blvd, Minneapolis
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
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Selena
Catch some live music most nights of the week, take a walk around the lake, hit up the beach or park/playgroun…
Jean
Free live music every night June - Sept, and it's right on Lake Harriet. Near playground and picnic area, and…
Jen
From May to October, you'll find free concerts and movies. Trails and sailboats and people watching are…
7. Lake Harriet Bandshell
7. Lake Harriet Bandshell
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32 local reviews
4135 E Lake Harriet Blvd, Minneapolis
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
Selena
Selena
Catch some live music most nights of the week, take a walk around the lake, hit up the beach or park/playground, rent a bike, grab some…
Jean
Jean
Free live music every night June - Sept, and it's right on Lake Harriet. Near playground and picnic area, and adjascent Bread & Pickle…
Jen
Jen
From May to October, you'll find free concerts and movies. Trails and sailboats and people watching are abundant. Check out our favorite…
8. Tin Fish Restaurant
8. Tin Fish Restaurant
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21 local reviews
3000 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 612-823-5840
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Allison
Take a short walk over to Lake Calhoun and sit down to eat, grab a treat or enjoy a ice cold beer while…
Kirsten & Bruce
In and around a pagoda on Lake Calhoun (with canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals right next door). Famous…
Mia (Meee Ahh)
At this Lake Calhoun spot you can eat or rent a kayak or canoe and paddle around. Alternatively, you can…
8. Tin Fish Restaurant
8. Tin Fish Restaurant
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21 local reviews
3000 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 612-823-5840
Allison
Allison
Take a short walk over to Lake Calhoun and sit down to eat, grab a treat or enjoy a ice cold beer while enjoying the view and scene of Lake…
Kirsten & Bruce
Kirsten & Bruce
In and around a pagoda on Lake Calhoun (with canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals right next door). Famous fish tacos, great food, drinks…
Mia (Meee Ahh)
Mia (Meee Ahh)
At this Lake Calhoun spot you can eat or rent a kayak or canoe and paddle around. Alternatively, you can follow the walking path all around…
9. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
9. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
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105 local reviews
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 651-487-8201
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Felicia
Outdoor haven for the area's urban population. Home for a wide variety of free or reasonably priced…
Bonnie
FREE. Really, really great zoo. I even go here as an adult. I don't even like monkeys, but the monkey house…
AlexandDoug
One of the best city parks in the US - all free. It has a nice zoo; lake with 2 mile surrounding trail -…
9. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
9. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
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105 local reviews
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 651-487-8201
Felicia
Felicia
Outdoor haven for the area's urban population. Home for a wide variety of free or reasonably priced recreational activities, services and…
Bonnie
Bonnie
FREE. Really, really great zoo. I even go here as an adult. I don't even like monkeys, but the monkey house is fantastic. And every…
AlexandDoug
AlexandDoug
One of the best city parks in the US - all free. It has a nice zoo; lake with 2 mile surrounding trail - with kayak, bike rentals and free…
10. COV Wayzata
10. COV Wayzata
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21 local reviews
700 Lake Street East, Wayzata
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 952-473-5253
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Tiffany
Located in downtown Wayzata along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka, this original CōV location combines…
Chad
Gorgeous New England Beach themed high-end restaurant. Perfect for sitting on the patio and looking out at the…
Brian
The tagline on Minnesota License Plates is "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and indeed it is - with more shoreline that…
10. COV Wayzata
10. COV Wayzata
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21 local reviews
700 Lake Street East, Wayzata
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 952-473-5253
Tiffany
Tiffany
Located in downtown Wayzata along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka, this original CōV location combines Midwest comfort and…
Chad
Chad
Gorgeous New England Beach themed high-end restaurant. Perfect for sitting on the patio and looking out at the lake or enjoying an amazing…
Brian
Brian
The tagline on Minnesota License Plates is "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and indeed it is - with more shoreline that California and Florida…
11. Uptown
11. Uptown
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61 local reviews
Uptown, Minneapolis
NeighborhoodPolitical
Hang
Uptown is a must!!! Check out Stella's and eat on the rooftop and enjoy the sunset with seafood and/or drinks…
Koti
This is very vibrant and fun part of city. Uptown is generally the place where all the locals in Minneapolis…
Denny
Uptown has something for everyone! Shopping, night life, restaurants all within walking distance to the shores…
11. Uptown
11. Uptown
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61 local reviews
Uptown, Minneapolis
Hang
Hang
Uptown is a must!!! Check out Stella's and eat on the rooftop and enjoy the sunset with seafood and/or drinks. From there you can shop, bar…
Koti
Koti
This is very vibrant and fun part of city. Uptown is generally the place where all the locals in Minneapolis like to visit or live by. There…
Denny
Denny
Uptown has something for everyone! Shopping, night life, restaurants all within walking distance to the shores of beautiful Lake Calhoun!
12. Lake Minnetonka
12. Lake Minnetonka
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16 local reviews
Lake Minnetonka
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Tiffany
One of the sought after lakes in Minnesota. Beautiful scenery and surroundings. Places to rent boats, canoes,…
Lyn
The entire lake drive would be the best thing to do on a lazy morning any time of year. Beauty, wonderful…
Brian
In the land of 10,000 Lakes - find a time to get yourself to Lake Minnetonka for a boat tour, tubing, water…
12. Lake Minnetonka
12. Lake Minnetonka
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16 local reviews
Lake Minnetonka
Tiffany
Tiffany
One of the sought after lakes in Minnesota. Beautiful scenery and surroundings. Places to rent boats, canoes, or simply walk the around the…
Lyn
Lyn
The entire lake drive would be the best thing to do on a lazy morning any time of year. Beauty, wonderful views & places to do fishing,…
Brian
Brian
In the land of 10,000 Lakes - find a time to get yourself to Lake Minnetonka for a boat tour, tubing, water skiing or dinner and a drink…