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Chain of Lakes

400 South 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Downtown)
612 661 4800
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Ranked #15 of 116 Attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Running
Description: Three separate lakes (Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet) all surrounded by pedestrian paths.
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St.Paul, Minnesota
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401 reviews 401 reviews
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the highlights of Minneapolis. There's so much to do. You can walk, bike, canoe, sail, swim, sit and picnic. In spring, summer & wall, with the right weather, they are beautiful.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

One of the best things to do in Minneapolis is spend the day walking, running, rollerblading, or biking around the Chain of Lakes. The scenery can't be beat.

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Alton, IL
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105 reviews 105 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Minneapolis knows how to showcase and utilize urban lakes/green space. Take a drive or get out and walk. Great signage, good vibes, beautiful nature and homes.

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Hong Kong
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74 reviews 74 reviews
62 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

the lakes are more of less similar, but Lake Harriet has a beautiful house, a place for concert, wedding, etc. also has some snacks and drinks can be bought. lake Harriet and Calhoun is more crowed, I like lake of Islets which is more quiet and the view is good.

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omaha, ne
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159 reviews 159 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

what is not to love about Lake Calhoun--great walking area--beautifully taken care of and not only do you get great exercise--it is also great people watching:)

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Love the chain of lakes, spend a lot of time here in the summer. Each lake has its own personality. Plan to jog, walk, blade, or bike around as many as time allows. After work and weekends are prime time.

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Andover, Minnesota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Please bring your bike and take a tour around each of the lakes in Minneapolis. Enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful neighborhoods as you travel the trails. The lakes are very popular with bikers, rollerbladers and walkers. The trails are safe and are not too difficult. Once you have completed your biking you then could canoe, sail, kayak and other... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I loved the Chain of Lakes-- and all the lakes in Minneapolis really. Who knew! Everything was so beautiful and easily accessible and the paths and houses around the lakes were beautiful. Something to see in Minneapolis for sure.

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184 reviews 184 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Lakes Calhoun, Harrier, Cedar and Lake of the Isles are a nice place to spend a day or a part of a day in Minneapolis. They are a bit of an urban park. One can often see many joggers, runners, walkers and cyclists going around the lakes. Lake Calhoun is the noisiest, the most crowded and the kitschiest so it's... More

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Westminster, Colorado
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

great ride on a bike to go around the chain of lakes. very bike friendly and bikes have their own path separate from walkers

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