Minneapolis Lakes

The city provides an urban feel that’s vibrant, diverse, and unique.


Welcome to Minneapolis Lakes

A scenic oasis with breathtaking waterfront views

Minneapolis’ gorgeous lakes are one of the city’s defining characteristics. The largest of the Minneapolis lakes, Bde Maka Ska, spans 401 acres amid the urban sprawl. A few amenities that all neighboring towns share are their proximity to dozens of parks, lake access, and other outdoor recreations. Overall, the city provides an urban feel that’s vibrant, diverse, and unique.

The greater Minneapolis Lakes area offers its residents more than just natural amenities. The area has an overwhelming amount of eateries and one-of-a-kind shops, plazas, and popular attractions you’d expect to find in this urban landscape.

What to Love

  • Private lakefront homesteads with city proximity
  • Diverse venues, eateries, and shops
  • Lively environment with scenic views

People & Lifestyle

The Minneapolis Lakes area is perfect for those looking to live near or in the urban metropolitan city of Minneapolis. Dozens of locally-owned shops, an intriguing nightlife, and eateries, combined with a culturally diverse atmosphere, are what give this area its unique feel. Residents range from students and young professionals to empty-nesters and retirees. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

There’s plenty to do in this city — as it provides a plethora of amenities. There are plenty of gorgeous parks and waterways, culturally diverse eateries, specialty shops, and venues you’ll quickly fall in love with.

Browse the shelves of novels at the wholesome bookstore Wild Rumpus. Another popular book store, Birchbark Books & Native Arts, is an independent shop offering hand-picked titles, plus Native American books & crafts. Magers & Quinn Booksellers provides an impressive, wide list of comics, novels, autobiographies, art, and much more. Catch Hollywood’s latest blockbuster film with a buttery bucket of popcorn at the Landmark’s Uptown Theatre. For big-name retailers and luxurious, high-end boutiques, check out the Southdale Shopping Center.

Start the morning off with some caffeine and aromatic pastries at the highly-rated Isles Bun & Coffee. For cookies, chocolate croissants, and banana bread, consider Rustica Bakery & Cafe. Dine at Martina and experience modern Argentinian food & craft cocktails, all served in a chic, airy atmosphere. At Tilia, grab a table in the warm, sophisticated bistro, offering an array of American comfort foods and creative cuisines. After dinner, bring the family to Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Shop for scoops of unique, homemade ice cream. From breakfast to dinner, stop by The Kenwood Restaurant for American classics.

Things to Do

The greater Minneapolis Lakes area residents make the most of their days, even through cold weather, by spending time outdoors and with friends at the community’s vibrant events.

The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival has quickly grown into a staple event. For three days, witness or participate in the competitive races and non-competitive touring events. In July, visit the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair and enjoy the company of dozens of local artists. Here you’ll find (and be able to purchase!) a wide variety of paintings, ceramics, textiles, and much more. 

From beaches to trails and boating to skyline views, Lake Harriet offers residents a beautiful lake area that’s fit for all recreational activities. Adjacent to this lake, go for bike rides and long walks at the picturesque Lake Harriet Bandshell Park. If you or anyone in the family loves ice skating or fishing, Lake of the Isles is the park for you. Bring the kids to the playground area at Kenwood Park, or play a few rounds of tennis at the neighboring courts. At Bde Maka Ska Lake, enjoy water-based recreational activities such as canoeing, swimming, and windsurfing.


Minneapolis Lakes has schooling systems in place to help children and teenagers in all grades. A few of the most notable schools are:

  • Lake Harriet Lower Campus, K-5
  • Lake Harriet Upper Campus, 6-8
  • Southwest High School, 9-12



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