This bustling lake is near trendy Uptown. Lake Calhoun is the best place for meeting other friendly Minneapolitans while they bike, swim, run, inline skate, play volleyball or windsurf, among other activities.
Another popular recreational area, Lake Harriet features a spectacular bandshell and the beautiful Lyndale Park with its bird sanctuary, peace gardens and rose gardens.
Lake of the Isles
Retaining much of its natural habitat and look, Lake of the Isles is known for its two wooded islands. During the winter, enjoy ice skating and hockey. And take in the stately homes in the Kenwood, Lowry Hill and East Isles neighborhoods near the lake.
With both the Cedar Lake Trail and Kenilworth Trail connecting to it, Lake Cedar is also immensely popular among residents. Its "Hidden Beach" is a prime area for swimming and sunbathing.
Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet are the biggest of these four connected lakes. With 6 beaches, 2 marinas, volleyball courts and a restaurant, visitors enjoy an all-season playground.