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An oasis in the city

Rent a canoe in warm weather or walk around when it's cooler for a wonderful prespective of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Peter P
Tucson, Arizona
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We saw the Chain of Lakes during a tour, but were unable to get out and take a lakeside walk like... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbia, South Carolina
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Three separate lakes (Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet) all surrounded by pedestrian paths.
400 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1411
+1 612-661-4800
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Rent a canoe in warm weather or walk around when it's cooler for a wonderful prespective of Minneapolis at its best.

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the Chain of Lakes during a tour, but were unable to get out and take a lakeside walk like we wanted to. That’s on my to-do list, and I hope I get better weather for photography. Water is a magnet for all kinds...More

1  Thank Citallwic
Reviewed 17 September 2018

I love walking the chain of lakes - super relaxing escape from the more hectic parts of the cities. I recommend!

Thank emueller9
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The lakes are surrounded by walking and cycling trails, with opportunities for yachting, canoeing and paddleboarding on the water. There are lots of amazing (and very expensive) houses around the lakes which are as impressive as the water, if not more so. Lyndale Park is...More

1  Thank Anne B
Reviewed 14 September 2018

I only had half a day to explore the Chain of Lakes. Not enough. It's beautiful, lots to do and lots nearby. I'm so amazed at this beautiful getaway right in the city. I can't wait to go back.

1  Thank HeatherinKy
Reviewed 22 August 2018

These parks with the lakes are a jewel in the crown jof the Minneapolis Park System. Our tour guide told us that most people in Minneapolis are within 10 minutes of water, including these lakes. Chain of Lakes is comprised of Shorelines of Brownie Lake,...More

3  Thank capitollover
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Great place to walk, bike, run. The lakes have kayaks and canoes for rent. They are part of the city's park system and are very close to downtown.

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Took a 10 minute drive from my hotel downtown to this wonderful group of small lakes. I envy the locals having this hike/bike/canoe and sailing area so close to everything.

Thank pld1998
Reviewed 8 August 2018

This is a tranquil area to enjoy walking, jogging, biking, kayaking, or picnicking. Kayaks are available for rent, as well.

Thank dannvr
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A must see/use when in the Twin Cities. Be it in a car, a canoe, a sailboat - or by running, walking, rollerblading, snow shoeing, or ice skating...great locale for people watching, nature, and architecture - and a very convivial and genteel way to get...More

1  Thank Gary M
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3 October 2018|
Response from Kimberly A | Reviewed this property |
You will have to check to see if there is still kayak rental into October. The bike rental may have a longer season. Walking the lakes, anytime of day on a Saturday, is great. If it's nice out, there are a lot of people out... More
3 October 2018|
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Response from Triponeill | Reviewed this property |
Rentals close down lakes around mid-october, but you might find a them on street in Uptown, Hennepin and Lake area -- and two lakes about five blocks south. Best time is late morning to mid-afternoon.
19 August 2018|
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Response from CuriousTraveler5050 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can rent bikes, kayaks, canoes, and SUP.