Chain of Lakes

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Free
24/7 daily

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Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Described on by one resident as, "A must for visitors who wish to understand our city," no trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes is complete without a stroll around some of the metro's most popular. Each of the five bodies of water that encompass the Chain of Lakes byway district has something different to offer: Lake Harriet features live music during the summer, not to mention a bird sanctuary, rose gardens and two family-friendly beaches, while Lake Calhoun draws a more active crowd with plenty of boat and bike rentals and paths for jogging and biking. Though not as popular, the Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and Brownie Lake are great backdrops for a picnic or a stroll. If you visit during the summer, you'll find a plethora of sporting and live music events at the Chain of Lakes, particularly during July's Aquatennial festival. 

Located about 5 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis, the Chain of Lakes is open to visitors year round. Access to the lakes is free, but parking and facility rentals may not be. Pricing can vary by lake.

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