As one of the lakeshore cities surrounding Lake Minnetonka, the city of Tonka Bay, Minnesota, has exclusive access to the tight-knit Lake Minnetonka community. Along with its neighboring cities, the city of Tonka Bay holds a special reverence for the beautiful lake, and it’s residents spend an ample amount of time in and around its waters. In addition to the Lake Minnetonka community, residents of Tonka Bay also belong to their own close-knit community within the city of Tonka Bay itself. The community can be seen through the numerous events and amenities that the city provides.
Events within the city of Tonka Bay are largely connected to those of the surrounding communities. Typically involving numerous participants from the neighboring cities of Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, and Excelsior, residents of Tonka Bay have access to wonderful annual activities put on by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce. Some of the most notable and favorite events include farmer’s markets, concerts in local parks, and the Lake Minnetonka 4th of July celebration. All of these events are made available for Tonka Bay’s residents, with many taking place in the neighboring cities of Excelsior and Shorewood. While most of these events occur during the summer months, when the weather is warm and the lake is open, there are still events that occur in the winter time. The most celebrated event of the winter, is the annual Arctic Fever. This event is done in conjunction with neighboring cities on the frozen Lake Minnetonka and engages families of all ages in outdoor winter activities and races. With fat tire bike races, snowshoeing, ice skating, geocaching, sledding, snow sculpting, a chili cook off, and plenty more contests, this event is a ton of fun and always draws in big crowds.
The amenities in Tonka Bay are plentiful. One of the most popular is the Southshore Community Center. Located within the nearby city of Shorewood, the Southshore Community Center services the residents of several communities in the Lake Minnetonka area. It offers a wide variety of community events as well as community education classes. Another amenity that residents can make use of are the community education classes offered by Minnetonka Community Education in Excelsior. With a wide variety of classes to explore, residents can enjoy community education at a low cost. Tonka Bay is also home to the largest, full-service marina on Lake Minnetonka. The Tonka Bay Marina operates three locations around the lake, with their largest location being directly within the city of Tonka Bay. For those who enjoy boating activities, the convenient location of the marina within the city is a definite plus.
One of the greatest aspects of Tonka Bay’s community is its ideal location. With easy access to the amenities of the surrounding cities as well as being close to the larger surrounding suburbs, residents of Tonka Bay are able to enjoy the finest that Minnesota has to offer. Top-notch dining, entertainment, and shopping are just a short drive or boat ride away. This balance of big-city benefits and small-town charm lend to the uniqueness of Tonka Bay’s community.