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Chain of Lakes

400 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1411
+1 612-661-4800
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Love the lakes

These lakes are a great place to walk, run, roller blade, bike, canoe, sail or just sunbathe... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Janet S
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Serene and beautiful

If you enjoy a leisurely walk outdoors this is the ticket. The lakes are beautiful, the paved... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
bjo51
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Antigua
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Three separate lakes (Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet) all surrounded by pedestrian paths.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lake calhoun” (74 reviews)
“brownie” (17 reviews)
“people watching” (24 reviews)
LOCATION
400 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1411
Downtown
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"people watching"
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"tin fish"
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"rent a canoe"
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"hidden beach"
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"paddle boards"
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"ice skating"
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"city limits"
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"bike riding"
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"year round"
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"beautiful area"
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"nice ride"
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"dog park"
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

These lakes are a great place to walk, run, roller blade, bike, canoe, sail or just sunbathe. There are also piers for fishing. This is a great place for a great variety of activities.

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

If you enjoy a leisurely walk outdoors this is the ticket. The lakes are beautiful, the paved trails are wide enough for people to pass, well kept and there are places to eat and very clean, well stocked porta potties along the path. The trails...More

Thank bjo51
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The "City of Lakes"= "Minne-apolis"...Yes, it has always been known as a cluster of sky blue clear natural lakes-- right in the center of the megopolis here----you would think that everyone would want to live right on the edge of one of the dozens of...More

Thank deem705
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The Minneapolis lakes area and Mississippi downtown river area makes Mpls the best major city for recreational parks.

Thank jlackmann
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska), Lake Harriet - since each is next to another you can visit all of these by car in half an hour or walk them if you want. But take the time to enjoy their...More

Thank kjff11
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

The Chain of Lakes is our favorite place to go in the city when it comes to water activities. We love to standup paddleboard and with restrictions on motors on all the lakes in the chain, it allows for a really nice and relaxing time....More

Thank philjonesminneapolis
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Walk, bike, skate, rollerblade, run, this is a wonderful part of the Minneapolis scene. The lakes are lovely to gaze upon , the neighborhoods are lovely and the people are outside enjoying

Thank Marguerite B
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Lake Harriet (south), Lake Calhoun (central), Lake of the Isles (north). All 3 lakes are connected with walking and biking trails. Summer: outdoor concerts at the Harriet bandshell, swimming at the southeast corner. Calhoun offers swim beaches on the north and south sides, beach volleyball...More

Thank C B
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Do get out of downtown. It's especially grim now with the construction on Nicollet Ave (though due to be finished in late 2017) but the lakes will make you realize why people don't move away despite the mosquitoes and Siberian winters.

Thank susanmccallum
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We didn't have time to ride bikes around the lake, but it was definitely worth a casual drive around the lake. The homes in the neighborhood are really something to see. We stopped a bit at the beach on the south end to take in...More

Thank HuskerTraveler2
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Erik C
20 July 2017|
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Response from ScottGrahamMpls | Reviewed this property |
You bet. You are welcome to bring you own boats (no gas motors) and there is a vendor called Wheel Fun Rentals that rents kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards on Lake Calhoun. From Calhoun you can paddle to Lake of the... More
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Observant_traveler
8 May 2017|
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Response from aliivi | Reviewed this property |
"Nice Ride" lime green bikes are available all over Minneapolis.
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Sabrecanuck3
6 October 2016|
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Response from Kathryn B | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes, in the summer, anywhere that has a patio allows dogs, and will offer water for them, lots of people run and bike with their dogs, there's a dog park over by Cedar Lake too - it's not big, but lots of shade.
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