Described as the “jewel of Lake Minnetonka”, the city of Wayzata features the luxurious living that comes with lakeshore life while maintaining a small-town feel. With a population of close to 5,000, and a land area of just 3.16 square miles, the city of Wayzata provides a lavish lifestyle characteristic of much larger cities. With its prime location, close community, and scenic beauty, the city offers unique and wonderful living to its residents. The community of Wayzata is most apparent through the wealth of amenities that the city offers, the events that take place, and the idyllic location that its residents enjoy.
With over 150 unique retail shops and plenty of dining options ranging from casual to elegant, there is truly something for everyone in Wayzata. Because of the incredible success and growth of business within Wayzata, the city is seeing itself become home to an increasing number of great stores. Downtown Wayzata is the go-to shopping destination for residents and tourists alike and features some of Wayzata’s most upscale and unique stores. In addition to great shopping, Wayzata offers a multitude of other amenities for its residents. These include a public library, numerous places of worship, and plenty of outdoor entertainment found in the lakes and parks nearby.
One of the most popular community locations is the Wayzata Depot and Railroad Museum. Located on the shoreline of the Wayzata bay, residents enjoy the beautiful gardens as well as sitting and watching the historic steamboat Minnehaha and sailboats come in and out of the bay. In addition, the Railroad Museum provides a historical look at what Wayzata’s train station once was, with an interactive outdoor model.
Community events within the city of Wayzata are plentiful and truly bring the community together. With annual events as well as new events occurring year-round, it seems like there is always something to get involved with. Some of the most popular summer events include the Wayzata Art Experience; 4th of July Kiddie parades, Olympics competitions, and pancake breakfast; the city’s summer concert series; and Crazy Days, a weekend of great sales and clearance deals at Wayzata’s local shops. The fall and winter months do not slow down on the activity. These months feature popular events such as the annual James J. Hill Days, Wayzata’s most cherished community celebration; the Halloween Boo Blast; and the annual February Chilly Open, a golf tournament hosted on the frozen Lake Minnetonka.
The final contributor to Wayzata’s fabulous community is its location. Because it is located on Lake Minnetonka, most of the restaurants and stores are just a stone’s throw away from the water. Residents can enjoy watching sailboats and boaters as they shop, dine, and relax all around the city.
Additionally, as one of the cities in the southwest metro, residents of Wayzata are just a short drive away from larger neighboring cities such as Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. This close proximity allows for even more top-notch dining and entertainment options.