Welcome to Lake Minnetonka
The best of life by the water.
Lake Minnetonka spans over 14,000 acres and is the largest lake in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro Area. The area includes fourteen small communities: Minnetonka, Excelsior, Greenwood, Woodland, Deephaven, Wayzata, Mound, Shorewood, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park, Orono, Long Lake, Minnetrista, and Victoria. It’s eastern shores are located within 12 miles of downtown Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka offers the best of lake living with the conveniences of a big city nearby.
The history of Lake Minnetonka can be traced back to the 1800s when Europeans discovered this expansive body of water. The first settlement was established in 1853 when pioneers settled near the water to utilize its natural resources. In the late 1800s, Lake Minnetonka became increasingly popular with tourists as the railroad expanded.
Homes surrounding Lake Minnetonka consist of a variety of architectural styles. Cottages, condominiums, historical estates are just a few examples of some of the properties found here. Regardless of what style you prefer or your budget, Lake Minnetonka has the perfect property for you.
What to Love
- Laid-back and friendly atmosphere
- Year-round festivals and events
- Close access to boating and sailing
People and Lifestyle
Lake Minnetonka is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the state. With scenic views and proximity to water, it’s no surprise that the atmosphere here is laid-back and friendly.
Living in one of the towns surrounding Lake Minnetonka comes with a plethora of advantages. Here, residents enjoy the scenic landscape, plenty to do, and all the benefits of living on the lake. Lake Minnetonka offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and attracts individuals from all walks of life. Families, retirees, outdoor enthusiasts, and working professionals make up the landscape here.
Dining, Entertainment and Shopping
Residents living around the Lake Minnetonka area enjoy plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. For an upscale evening out, head over to Lord Fletcher’s
. This polished British pub has been serving hearty comfort food and beer for nearly five decades. Maynards is a great place to enjoy a more relaxed night out. Located on a wharf, Maynards
serves American fare and tap beers. Enjoy a satisfying meal while soaking in the lake views. 6 Smith
is a steak and seafood restaurant located in Wayzata. This refined lakefront restaurant lets you dine on their spacious patio.
If you’re ready to shop ‘til you drop, then head over to Excelsior. This town is home to Water Street
, which has gained national recognition for its unique shopping and family-oriented activities. Stop by high-end designer stores or explore local boutiques.
Things to Do
Living on the lake gives residents an endless amount of water activities to enjoy, but that’s not all! Wayzata is home to Wayzata Chilly Open
, which is the largest and perhaps most unique golf tournament held on a frozen lake. This yearly event draws thousands of Minnesotans to Lake Minnetonka. James J. Hill Days
is an annual event that brings the community together for a parade, a carnival, a street market, concerts, logrolling, and more.
Lake Minnetonka is revered for its excellent school districts. Top educational opportunities here include:
- Minnetonka High School, 9-12
- Wayzata High School, 9-12
- Orono High School, 9-12
- Mound Westonka High School, 8-12
- Blake School (Private), PK-5
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