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What a Nice Area!

We were taken here by our grown kids and their 5 to 8 year olds, and we were so pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Darlington, South Carolina
Favorite lake

Lake Harriet offers so much- biking, walking, running, sailing, kayak/canoe rental, sunset... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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West 42nd St and West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were taken here by our grown kids and their 5 to 8 year olds, and we were so pleasantly surprised by the entire area. The lake was pretty and had sidewalks around it, the nearby garden acreage was exceptional, people were riding bikes and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Harriet offers so much- biking, walking, running, sailing, kayak/canoe rental, sunset watching, swimming, and summertime music and movies. You can typically find a parking spot on the road along the lake.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

quiet areas, crowds, dogs, eats, music, there is everything. Fairy houses are there, art car parades formal garden natural areas . The trolley is fun and unique, do it! Rent boats walk or bike but always wade in, throw stones, Enjoy!!

Thank treesaw944
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park has so much to offer, and is accessible via the #6 bus from various locations in Minneapolis as well as by car, bike, or on foot. The lake allows non motorized boats only, so it is good for watching the sailboats of the...More

Thank capitollover
Reviewed August 16, 2018

What a treasure to have such a great lake and parkway within the city. There are numerous activities and events happening and many places to get out and walk and enjoy.

Thank Questovia
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful 3.0 mike walk around Lake Harriett is a must! Stop at the band shell and have lunch, a beer or truffle popcorn (my favorite). The lake is nonmotorized boats only- so you can watch sailboats or paddle boarders (you can rent on site). The...More

Thank justask1
Reviewed August 2, 2018

The paths, roads, and neighborhood in general around this lake are well-planned and scenic. The north beach area is nice with clear water and plenty of space for everyone. Right next door is the Bandshell.

Thank Armenius919
Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is a lovely lake to walk around, and if you'd like to do some wading or swimming there's a small beach that's groomed.

Thank emueller9
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Yhe south end of Lake Harriet is my favorite part because of the wonderful swimming beach and wonderful shady spots to set up your picnic blanket for the day. People watching is the best. You see families with babies and young people playing games. You...More

Thank MarilynG61
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

We ended up renting a 2-person kayak and spent about an hour on the lake and made it all the way around. The water was clear and the rental company was friendly and helpful to get people in and out of the kayaks. Wheel Fun...More

Thank 171Scott
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October 7, 2015|
Response from Travelerxowkety |
I just found some answers to my own question - Lake Harriet Park - Pedestrian (2.75 miles), Bike (2.99 miles) Lake Calhoun Park - Pedestrian (3.1 miles), Bike (3.19 miles) Lake of the Isles Park - Pedestrian (2.63 miles... More