With over 50 parks, beaches, and trails located within its city limits, the city of Minnetonka, Minnesota has a wealth of natural places for its residents to explore. This abundance of natural beauty not only provides entertainment and enjoyment for the residents, but it is part of an active effort by the city to protect and provide both recreational and natural areas within the city. Some of the most popular locations include:
Gray’s Bay Marina: While Minnetonka shares it’s name with the famous Lake Minnetonka, the only geographic connection that it has to the great lake is in Gray’s Bay. Located in the Gray’s Bay is the Gray’s Bay Marina. This marina provides boating access for the city, and connects it to the vibrant and active Lake Minnetonka community.
Shady Oak Beach: One of the most popular summer destinations for families, Shady Oak beach features 76 feet of sandy beachfront, a water play area, a high dive, sand volleyball courts, concessions, bathroom facilities, and a canoe rental. While it is not free, it is a wonderful destination for a beautiful summer day.
Lone Lake Park: Lone Lake Park is a 146-acre community park that features tennis and basketball courts, athletic fields, horseshoes, picnic shelters and play areas, as well as a natural open space. In addition to views of Lone Lake from the shore and dock there are nearly two miles of formal trails, including a 1.2-mile loop that offers scenic views including wetlands, woodlands, and prairies.
Civic Center Park: The Civic Center Park is located along Minnehaha Creek and is home to Minnetonka city hall, the community center, police and fire stations, two ice arenas, and several community events. It also features a football and soccer field, biking and walking trails, and a picnic area. The unique location of this park coupled with its strong amenities result in a great overall experience and contribute to its frequent use as a community gathering location.
Purgatory Park: The largest of Minnetonka’s community parks at 155 acres, Purgatory Park offers its visitors views of Purgatory Creek, expansive open spaces and extensive trails. This natural preservation features beautiful wildlife from a variety of habitats.