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Lake Harriet

West 42nd St and West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
+1 612 661 4800
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Ranked #5 of 113 attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Bodies of Water
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

On the north side of the lake, the large bandshell features concerts by groups ranging from Garrison Keillor to the Minnesota Orchestra - and they're free! Sailboats skim the surface on windy days, and the bird sanctuary, rose garden, and oriental gardens are immediately adjacent. Plus, an old-time trolley and ice cream shop on the shore. Retry nice place in... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You can buy ice cream and snacks. There are clean rest rooms. Walk your dog around this beautiful lake (be sure to bring bags to pick up after your dog). Besides the walking path there's also a bike path. Take a stroll thru the nearby public flower garden, sit on a bench and enjoy the fountain. Catch the scenic trolly.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wonderful place for walkers. Rose and tranquility gardens to the Northeast are loaded with wonderful picture spots. Take a ride on the abandoned electrical cars or walk to Sebastion Joe's for some great homemade ice cream.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Lake Harriet is a quieter alternative to lake Calhoun. It's not crowded with jocks and half-drunk students. Instead it is often frequented by people leaving in the area, cyclists and joggers. It doesn't have many beaches like lake Calhoun but that makes it prettier and quieter.

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Chaska, MN
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44 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If the weather is good in the summer, this one mile walk is relaxing and gives one great views of lots of interesting sights.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I live close to both Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in an adorable little village called Linden Hills. My social life consists often of walking around Lake Harriet with a friend and then grabbing either coffee or food somewhere in Linden Hills. The charm cannot be beat. It takes under an hour to walk around the lake.

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Top Contributor
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30 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The draw at Lake Harriet is the bandshell. If lucky enough to happen by when performers grace the stage it makes for a wonderful distraction on a warm summer evening. Without the bandshell, Lake Harriet would challenge Lake Nokomis for the dubious honor of worst Minneapolis lake. The problem with Lake Harriet is that it has none of the stately... More

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We loved walking and riding around this beautiful lake. The bandshell was beautiful and the homes around the lake were gorgeous.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Beautiful lake with a lovely walking/biking trail around the lake. when you want to get away from all the hustle of the city, this place is the best. love the summer evenings with great music at 7.00 at the bandshell.

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Brighton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Great lake to ride or walk around, the band shell has concert occasionally. The elf door is in a tree, and great for kids to see.

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