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    Public and Charter Cruises

    by goodfish Updated Nov 8, 2013

    There are other ways beside the steamboat Minnehaha to sightsee Lake Minnetonka. Several companies offer pubic cruises from Excelsior throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons, and range from 4-course dinner events to bring-your-own picnics, family friendly to adults-only. They also do a booming business in charter cruises for weddings, class and family reunions, anniversaries and company events.

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    http://www.twincitiescruises.com/lake-minnetonka

    “Big Water" is the largest of our metro-area lakes, covering 14,528 acres and enclosed by 125 miles of shoreline. Once a summer escape for Minneapolis residents to any number of fancy hotels, cottages and cabins, it’s now very pricey real estate: stately mansions of CEOs, “old money” families and other well-heeled locals are some of the landmarks your captain may point out along the way.

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    Excelsior Dock Cinema 3

    by goodfish Written Oct 30, 2013

    Minnesota weather being what it is (two seasons: winter and road construction) we always have a Plan B in the back pocket for wet and/or frigid days. If the elements chase you off the lake, patios and trails, you can go see a flick at this dandy 1940’s-era movie theater. The first one burned down in 1944 - when practically all building materials were reserved for the war effort - and the town sent a plea to the WPB to make an exception for one of their few pleasant distractions and only visual source of news from the front lines during those dark days. The appeal was granted and this cinema opened in 1945.

    Expanded in 1971 and again in the 80’s, it has three screens and lots of devoted fans.

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    Bike ’n Hike the LRT

    by goodfish Written Oct 30, 2013

    The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail is a 15-mile spur of a greater system stretching from downtown Minneapolis to the far outer western and southern suburbs. Starting in Hopkins, this branch runs through Minnetonka and Excelsior out to Victoria on a mostly-flat, tightly-packed gravel surface that meanders along lakes and through woods, prairie and wetlands. As the trail goes right through the middle of town in Excelsior, it’s easy to jump onto for a run, ride or walk east or west for as many miles as the path is long.

    One of the easier strolls is from downtown west about a mile or so to Tonka Bay (turn left off the trail onto the sidewalk at Manitou Road) for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Hazellewood Grill or coffee and a newspaper at Caribou.

    Bikers, you’re going to have to bring your own wheels as rentals, sadly, aren’t available in town. The surface is smooth enough for baby strollers, and wide enough to accommodate two-way foot/bike traffic but I'll caution to keep your ears open for riders approaching from behind. All too often they don’t issue “On your left!” warnings when about to pass pedestrians, and are moving much faster than they should be on multi-use trails. If you are a biker, please, please slow down and and follow etiquette so you don’t mow over walkers - especially children or dogs - who may stray suddenly into the opposite “lane.”

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    Minnehaha on Minnetonka in Minnesota

    by goodfish Updated Oct 29, 2013

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    Way back in the early 1900's a fleet of steamboats were to Lake Minnetonka what streetcars were to greater Minneapolis. These seven remarkably efficient craft ferried residents to work and provided visitors with pleasure cruises around the lake and to the long-gone amusement park on Big Island. As time marched on, the advent of the automobile created better access roads, the amusement park was demolished, lack of ridership forced the steamers out of business, and all of them were eventually dismantled and/or scuttled.

    Over 50 years later, an enterprising diver located one of the submerged boats and was amazed to find it in pretty good shape. He convinced a dredging company to raise the thing, a marine architect and team of volunteers to restore it, and six years later the Minnehaha was again afloat and providing visitors and locals alike with cruises around the lake. She runs only on weekends and for special events, most cruises last about an hour, and you can do a round-trip to Wayzata with a 1.5 hour layover, just enough time for lunch or a little shopping. Tickets are very reasonable; the most economical way to get out on the water! See the website for schedule, ticket prices and location of Excelsior and Wayzata docking. Alas, no food or beverages allowed on board.

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