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Lake Harriet

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Linden Hills, Minneapolis
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  • Meet Minneapolis
    Meet MinneapolisJune 12, 2012
    Walk around Lake Harriet at sunset so you end up at the band shell for a little summer music. Then head up the hill to Sebastian Joe's for ice cream (two scoops, of course).
  • Glenn L.
    Glenn LindgrenJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't pass up the Lyndale Park Gardens: rose, Japanese rock, and a Bird sanctuary nature trail that will take you back to the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Ride the trolley!
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 17, 2011
    Lake Harriet was voted as having Best Bike Trail by City Pages readers in 2010. Be happy. Pedal fast. And if you get thirsty, just pump some fresh water from any of the three water wells.
  • Molly W.
    Molly WilsonAugust 11, 2013
    Leave a note for the elf in his tree house - just west of the biffy on the south side of the lake. Then check back for his response. Yes, you'll get one.
  • Queen Bee Media
    Queen Bee MediaAugust 4, 2011
    Whether you just want to take a stroll, get some great icecream, feed the ducks or rent a sail boat, this is the place. It's a wonderful place to set and enjoy the beautiful trees and scenary.
  • Gina G.
    Gina GiampaoloAugust 13, 2014
    My favorite lake! A stressful place to ride a bike but a great place to walk. The kite festival held each January rules.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 22, 2010
    The lake was donated to Minneapolis in 1885. There's an "elf house" carved into the base of an ash tree. For years one could leave a letter for the elf supposedly living there & sometimes get a reply.
  • Carly C.
    Carly CristAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great walking/running path. A little less than 3 miles around. Connects to lake Calhoun near the bandshell.
  • edward a.
    edward andristAugust 31, 2011
    Carve some time out in your schedule to walk, run or skate around all three lakes
  • Christopher O.
    Christopher OkeyJune 11, 2014
    It was beautiful night tonight! And they have beer at the band shell now!
  • Creative Kidstuff
    Creative KidstuffAugust 19, 2012
    Try to find the "elf house" at the base of a tree. Kids will love it!
  • Hayli S.
    Hayli ShawJuly 16, 2013
    Find a small residential beach! Much quieter!!
  • Jason D.
    Jason DavidsonSeptember 3, 2011
    Its a great place to bike... Catch one of the concerts.
  • Barbara F.
    Barbara FriedmanMarch 29, 2015
    Even pretty in winter. Can't wait to see in spring.
  • Lori S.
    Lori SnyderNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful views, peaceful walking
  • Colleen
    ColleenAugust 10, 2015
    Why do we have to have walking rules !? 😞😝
  • FitCities
    FitCitiesJanuary 31, 2012
    Beautiful place to burn off those extra calories!
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RuudAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Calmer then Calhoun & better views if you dig nature.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DesautelJune 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's home town at it's best!
  • Jillian
    JillianMarch 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pavers and benches at Lake Harriet are still available for purchase from People for Parks. Read more
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OrtizJune 21, 2014
    Free Parking!
  • Santa E.
    Santa ErikJune 25, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Beautiful AM pink/red many days in 2013.
  • Eddy M.
    Eddy MannOctober 2, 2013
    Just sight seeing before the snow flys
  • Sara P.
    Sara P.October 15, 2010
    when its frozen, take your dog on the ice!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmootOctober 13, 2015
    Walking around the lake reduces stress...
  • Brad
    BradJune 17
    The water is splash-tastic!
  • Maggie
    MaggieJuly 29, 2013
    Please read the fricking signs and DON'T FEED THE DUCKS.
  • David d.
    David de YoungSeptember 7, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Try a peppermint bon bon ice cream cone at the Lake Harriet Bandshell refereshment booth. It's delish.
  • Benjarvus F.
    Benjarvus FreundAugust 31, 2012
    Look out for farting joggers.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BroderickJuly 14, 2015
    Boobs, ducks and milfs
  • Julia K.
    Julia Kennedy BudgeAugust 14, 2011
    Ride the Trolly.
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZumbergeAugust 25, 2013
    Hot and sweaty
  • Dane H.
    Dane HartzellSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Swim to the raft!
  • jenni k.
    jenni konradJune 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    take sailing classes from mpls parks and rec!
  • Emmy K.
    Emmy KeglerJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Go out on the ice and fly a kite!
  • Dane H.
    Dane HartzellSeptember 19, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Buy an Oblique longboard at The Alt and push it around Harriet.
  • Lucy B.
    Lucy BauerJune 29, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk around Lake Harriet and find the famous "Troll Tree."
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