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Lake Harriet

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Lakes, Swimming, Healthy/Active, Green
Lake Harriet, Mineápolis, Minnesota, Mineápolis, MN

Activity Overview

Lake Harriet is one of the four lakes that make up Minneapolis' Chain of Lakes. At 335 acres the Lake is large and offers many activities for visitors which are particularly popular during the summer months. These activities are not confined to heading out onto the sizable lake either as 67 acres of land completes the area.

Things to Do

  • Plenty of activities are possible on the lake and around it too. You can rent pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards to explore the lake however you like. Also available are bicycles for rental. Cruisers, mountain bikes and kid bikes can all be hired.
  • Then Lake has two beaches, the North Beach and the Southeast Beach. These beaches are open throughout the year from 6 am until 10 am. Lifeguards are stationed from early June to Late August.
  • There is an impressive castle shaped band stand at the north end of the Lake which is used for concerts during the summer. Live music in a range of styles including jazz, Latin, rock and bluegrass is showcased. These concerts take place at the Lake Harriet Bandshell at 7:30 pm Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays. There are two concerts on Sundays, the first at 2:00pm and the second at 5:30 pm

Lake Harriet Insider Tips

  • If you have an interest in the history of Lake Harriet or any of the other Minneapolis parks and lakes you can have a detailed read about all the properties looked after by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation board here.
  • Lake Harriet is a great place to take the family dog out for a walk.
  • There is a Rose Garden in the area which is also worth a visit.

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