Lake Guide - By Boat
Lake Minnetonka is a huge lake that offers a lot to do, especially by boat. With places to stop and swim, eat, listen to live music, and many other activities, it's hard to know everything you can do. We've compiled this page to help with just that. Use the map to help navigate Lake Minnetonka.
Beaches on the Lake
There is nothing like parking your boat in the lake or pulling up to a pier and using one of the several beaches available to you. These sandy beaches are perfect for everyone to enjoy with lots of amenities around them.
Take a look at the premier private club on Lake Minnetonka, the Lafayette Club. Membership to the club will get you acces to golf, Tennis, Fitness center, Aquatics and more. Drive your boat, park and enjoyo one of the finest pieces of real estate on Lake Minnetonka.
Some days you just don't want to have to drive your boat around the lake. Fortunately, Lake Minnetonka offers several different boat cruises for all sizes of gathers. You can have a few friends on a public cruise or rent on for that private setting for friends and families, business or a combination of both.
Restaurants on the Lake
Lake Minnetonka has several options when it comes to eating on the lake. There are boat cruises that offer dinners for private and public parties, restaurants right on the lake with outside seating a great views of the lake. In addition, some of the establishments have places to park your boat and come from the lake side.
Other Things To Do
There are not many places to shop like Lake Minnetonka can bring you. Dock your boat and take a trip to Excelsior (pictured on the right) or Wayzata for some great shopping ranging from arts, to furniture, to clothing to even more.
Take a trip back in time around the beautiful Wayzata Bay on the steamboat Minnehaha. This floating museum was first built in 1906 and starting hosting cruises in 1996. It runs from Wayzata to Excelsior.
Street Car Rides
Enjoy a trip through historic Excelsior along a half-mile of track built on the former right-of-way of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. The car stops at our car barn so passengers can view a photo gallery of hotels, trains, paddlewheel boats and landmarks from the 1800s; history, in pictures, of the Twin Cities Rapid Transit as it ran in Minneapolis and St. Paul; other streetcars in our collection; work in progress of restoring a vintage streetcar. Re-board the car riding to the end of the line where you will see some of the 110 miles of shoreline of Lake Minnetonka where the car returns to the Water Street stop. After your trip back in time, stop at the old Minneapolis and St. Louis station and see the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society displays. Excelsior was founded in 1853. Then, take a stroll along Water Street to see the many owner occupied shops.