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Chain of Lakes

400 South 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Downtown)
612 661 4800
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Ranked #14 of 115 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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Alton, IL
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
47 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
29 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
1 review
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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175 reviews 175 reviews
77 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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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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Paris, France
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72 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I biked around the lakes (and over to the Mississippi and downtown) one sunny Saturday afternoon. The bike paths are well signed and organised. You can also roller blade or even walk! Something to discover around every bend. I highly recommend on a fine day.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Absolutely beautiful. I bike this several times each season. Both the lakes and the surrounding homes are beautiful.

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