Minneapolis August 10, 2017
Here Are 8 Swimming Holes Near Minneapolis-Saint Paul To Visit Before Summer Ends
It’s hard to believe that it’s already August, and that in a matter of weeks the children of Minneapolis and Saint Paul will be saying goodbye to summer vacation and returning to the classroom for another nine months of school. Minnesota summers always feel much too short, especially since the can feel winters are so long and harsh. There is still time to enjoy all that summer fun in the Twin Cities has to offer, especially by visiting these eight local swimming holes before summer ends!
1. Bde Maka Ska North Beach (Minneapolis)
This lake is the largest and deepest lake in all of Minneapolis, and North Beach is one of the most popular in the entire city, maybe only surpassed by Lake Harriet. The beach is clean and family-friendly, making it the perfect spot for fun in the sun.
2. Shady Oak Beach (Minnetonka)
Lake Minnetonka is easily the most high-profile lake in the entire state. Every summer, the lake is full of boats of visitors enjoying watersports and lake parties. The Shady Oak Beach features 76 feet of shoreline, with two sand play areas and a concession stand to make it the perfect swimming hole for all day fun.
3. Cedar Lake Beach (Minneapolis)
The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes knows how to do swim-friendly beaches right. Cedar Lake has three beaches for you to choose from. Our favorite spot is Cedar Lake Beach, also known as the "Hidden Beach." It’s a bit more secluded, a perfect spot to swim, and is a huge component of Minneapolis’ counterculture history.
4. Elm Creek Swimming Beach (Maple Grove)
Some of the best swimming holes are man-made, as with the case with Elm Creek Park Reserve’s swim pond. The pond is well-maintained by the park and is a family-friendly spot that features large umbrellas to beat the heat, as well as a concession stand to keep you hydrated while you splash in this lake.
5. Hidden Falls (Saint Paul)
Do you want to go chasing waterfalls? In Saint Paul, you can find Hidden Falls. Immerse yourself in the cool water of the falls... it’s a magical experience.
6. Lake Harriet (Minneapolis)
Lake Harriet has it all: a pristine beach, sailboats floating on the horizon, a bandshell for free outdoor movies and concerts, and an immensely popular concession stand called the "Bread and Pickle," which makes a beachside to-go meal tastier than you thought possible. If you haven't been there yet this summer, you need to pay a visit as soon as possible!
7. Lake Phalen (Saint Paul)
If you only go to one beach in Saint Paul, this is it. The lake is perfect for swimming and is also a cool spot for a variety of multicultural events throughout the entire summer.
8. Lake Nokomis Beach (Minneapolis)
It's safe to say that the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes has the absolute best beaches. The view from Nokomis' Beach is extraordinary. It's the perfect place to swim on your final days of summer.
We’re in the dog days of summer and before we know it, Minnesota winter will be upon us again. Soak up the sun and hit the water while you still can! What are some of your favorite swimming holes near Minneapolis? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you love our lakes? Read
9 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Minneapolis-Saint Paul This Summer.