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Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

#2 of 11 in Nature in Minneapolis
Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • I did a walk around this lake and I felt like Mary Tyler Moore, although I did not throw my hat into the air. The air was fresh and the views were pleasant.  more »
  • Perfect 3 mile hike that ended with a beer and an ice cream! Live music on the Pavillion - it was great! Lots of people but they were all polite.  more »
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  • so pretty here, during the summer they have lots of live music. great place for picnics or walks

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