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Reviewed August 29, 2016

I go to Lake Harriet to walk the trails around it while admiring the pretty water views,sailboats,wildlife and also see who I meet going the opposite way. Most people are friendly if you want to stop and pet their dog. It takes me about an hour to walk around medium pace. Also trails for bikers,roller bladers. If you walk counter clock wise somewhere on the southern side is a tree inhabitated by an elf.(they say) There IS a latch and a little door you can open about shoulder height. People leave notes there,and the elf writes back. Most people I don't think know about it but it's there on your right in the south portion--. There are often concerts at the stage which affords a view of the sailboats as you watch the concert. Have something to snack on or try an ice cream cone at the small building by the stage. Sit by the water and watch the ducks or ducklings near the shore. Lake Harriet has a Rose garden,and also a Trolley car ride that travels a short distance but fun. Some summer nites a big screen is blown up and they show movies which they list in advance. Also of course picnic tables,benches,barbeques throughout. If attending a concert go early especially if pops due many people reserve whole rows with blankets. I park in a neighborhood nearby and just walk down to the lake.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank kindnessiscontagious
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

Many people know about the band-shell and terrific concerts. But there's also a wonderful (free) playground about 50 yards north of the bandshell. Two separate areas - one for 2-5 year olds, one for 5-12 year olds.

Really well done. If you arrive early in the am, you can park free. Otherwise there are lots that require paying.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank JoeNathan9249
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Reviewed August 28, 2016

What a fabulous park! Imagine having two young children, walking to Lake Harriet (or driving - lots of parking in a large lot or on nearby streets) & seeing not only a gorgeous lake (where motor boats are not allowed!), but also a superb playground for the kids, a bandshell with lots of seating (& shows most evenings), a trolley train that will take you on a little ride,and even a pavilion with restrooms, fast food, & ice cream! Doesn't get much better. This was my favourite spot in Minneapolis & we went three times in the week I was there! The playground was unsurpassed! My dinner from the pavilion was yummy, & I could even get a glass of wine! We played at the climbing area, ate beside the lake, watching the ducks & the sailboats, then took a trolley ride & ended the evening walking home with an ice cream cone! Brilliant. Thank you Minneapolis for such a wonderful spot.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

Lake Harriet, along with Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles (both of which are very close to it) is a treasure. Minneapolis has superb walking and pedestrian paths, and good way finding, to help you enjoy them. Especially when the weather is good, strolling or riding around the lakes is the single best thing you can do here.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank tim a
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

The City of Minneapolis has made a commitment that no one will live more than 6 miles from a park system with access to a water system. There are seven lakes connected by a series of canals. We were able to enjoy Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, and the Lake of the Isle. Each lake had its own personality. Lake Harriet allowed non motorized watercraft while Lake of the Isle allowed ice skating. Lake Calhoun was the largest and deepest. All had a concession and bath house and small beach areas. In addition, each was encircled by parallel bike and foot paths. Properties around the lakes were private and very upscale, but all of the lakes and beaches were accessible to the entire public.
The three lakes we visited were clean and beautiful. Quite a plus for the city.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank CyndyandByron
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