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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...Noerenberg Gardens
Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...
Sunday afternoon regatta on Wayzata Bay.
Wayzata (Dakota for "North Shore"), was founded by settlers in 1854 on the north banks of Lake Minnetonka. The first railroad tracks were laid in 1867. And in 1879, James J. Hill added this rail line to his growing railroad monopoly.
Soon afterward, Wayzata became a popular tourist destination. People came from all over the midwest to see the fabled "Big Waters". Posh Victorian hotels popped up along gas lit streets, and visitors could take moonlight cruises on elegant steam ships.
Those were romantic times, but Wayzata still has much of her original charm. Today's visitors can stroll down quaint little streets, dine in outdoor cafe's, and watch the sunset on Wayzata Bay.
The spring months bring countless opportunities for wholesome family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!
Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history
From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...