3000 Harbor Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: (763) 559-1222
Fax: (763) 559-7819
Commonly called French Park, this well-maintained member of the Hennepin Park System is located on the north end of Medicine Lake. A 362-acre urban refuge used primarily for recreational activities, it also has beautiful natural features. A long winding inlet of the 900-acre lake bisects the park. Beaver, muskrat, mink and turtle live here, while great egret, black crowned night heron, belted kingfisher, geese, ducks and spotted sandpiper nest or feed in the area. White-tailed deer, red fox, woodchuck, cottontail rabbit, great horned owl and red tailed hawk frequent the area. Cross-country ski trails are mowed for hikers in the off-season. There is a sandy swimming beach with restrooms, changing rooms and a snack bar. There are volleyball courts, a public boat launch and a picnic area with tables and grills. Park visitors can rent bicycles, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, fishing poles and in winter, cross-country skis. In winter the frozen lake becomes a skating rink and kids go sledding on the hills. A fee is charged for parking and can be paid on a daily basis, or an annual pass, good at all county parks, may be purchased.
One of the few outdoor venues in Plymouth, Minnesota that are open during winters, the Art Shanties at the Medicine Lake are little shanties designed to delight tourists and locals of this small town. Accessible only in winters when the lake freezes, visitors are to peep inside these shanties and experience art in a unique way. There are as many as twenty shanties that have theme-based designs, some of them include the Dirty Shanty, Robot Reprise and Nordic Village shanty to name a few.
For railroad buffs and historians alike, this small structure nestled near the shore of Lake Minnetonka is a must-see. Built in 1906, the wood and stucco English Tudor-styled station ended a dispute between the Wayzata community and James J. Hill's railroads. The conflict began in 1867 when the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, later known as the Great Northern Railway, laid the first track down the main street of Wayzata. As the resort town grew the boxcars and loading docks blocked traffic as well as the view of the lake. After Wayzata incorporated in 1883, the town sued and won the right to have the track moved. Hill retaliated by relocating the station and steamboat landing a mile away, thereby putting a damper on the tourist trade. In 1905, reconciliation was reached and Hill consented to rebuild the depot on its former site. The Wayzata station closed in 1971 and city offices, including the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce and the Wayzata Historical Society, occupy space in the lakeside landmark.
It was a simple homebrewing kit that fostered the growth of this brewery. Founder of Surly Brewing Co., Omar Ansari, took an interest in beers at a young age. In 2002 he began creating his own brews and after three years of efforts, along with his master brewer Todd Haug, he was able to set up a fully functional brewery. It was the establishment of Surly that got Brooklyn Center to revise its laws and legalize breweries in the city. Furious, Coffee Bender and CynicAle are some of their popular variety. Surly Brewing Co. celebrates its birthday with a special release, that are not easily available. Participate in a tour around the brewery and get acquainted with the brewing process.
The Peavey-Hanglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator is an engineering milestone, despite its unassuming appearance. At a time in which wooden grain silos proved to be too expensive to build and too susceptible to fire damage, the need for a durable, cheap material became more pressing than ever. Commissioned by Peavey and engineered by Haglin, the silo proved that these structures could be built out of cheap, durable, fire-proof concrete without putting the structure's integrity at risk. The silo is disused save for its use as a billboard, but this humble column provided a distinct advancement in the agricultural storage technology of the time.
Minneapolis' picturesque chain of lakes begins with Cedar Lake. This clean, quiet lake is the least urbanized of the five and the only Minneapolis lake with the backyards of private homes gracing its shores. Cedar Lake has two public beaches on its west and south shores, as well as a small, yet popular, clothing-optional Hidden Beach to the northeast. This technically illegal beach area, not easily accessible or visible from the public beaches, has been drawing those who wish to commune with nature for decades. Not as busy or crowded as the other popular city lakes, Cedar Lake is a great place for a relaxing swim, quiet canoe ride or just enjoying the natural scenery. A shallow channel connects the southern corner of Cedar Lake to Lake of the Isles. Contact the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for additional information about the city lakes.
The Twin Cities area is blessed with some of the most extensive and attractive urban gardens in the country. This lovely garden on Lake Minnetonka's Crystal Bay in Wayzata, once a private paradise, is now a Hennepin County park. It is actually many gardens in one. There is a a grape arbor and an azalea collection, as well as many perennials and annuals. The formal flower gardens are designed and maintained by master gardeners. Like other gardens in the Twin Cities, many weddings take place at this peaceful retreat overlooking scenic Lake Minnetonka. Admission is free and the season runs May through October.
The oldest public wildflower garden in the United States, the 15-acre Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary features seasonal displays of native wildflowers and woodland, wetland and prairie areas. Each area creates a different habitat that fosters different types of plants, animals and birds. 49 interpretive stations for guided and self-guided tours can be found throughout.
East Cedar Beach is one of Minneapolis’ top getaways. Hidden away on the east bank of Cedar Lake, this spot was formerly a popular nude beach. It continues to attract an eclectic mix of travelers looking to go off the beaten track with its bohemian charm. Unwind at the mud pit, or sunbathe on the shore, or enjoy the live music with picturesque views of the scenery.
In 1880 Lake of the Isles was a stagnant marsh. Dredging of the swamp raised the property value surrounding the pond. Some of the city's largest and most elegant homes frame Lake of the Isles.This man-made lake is well stocked with pan fish, attracting anglers of all ages in the warm months as well as the cold. Swimming is not advised, but the setting is delightful for sunbathing, a picnic or reading a book under a large shade tree. In winter, park officials designate skating areas and erect a warming house. Walking, jogging or biking around its 2.7 miles of shoreline provides outstanding views of the downtown and the surrounding neighborhood. The serene atmosphere of Lake of the Isles makes it the lake of choice for canoeists.The southern portion of the lake is connected to the city's largest lake, Lake Calhoun, by a quiet channel. Contact the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for additional information about the city lakes.
Splatball has been providing paintball players with safe, quality paintball games for over 25-years. Their Minneapolis indoor location features an urban warfare layout in the heart of the Twin Cities.
They provide the perfect water ride on their comfortable kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, or stand up paddle boards. Take a captivating journey around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes on one of their comfortable bicycles. They also offer group and team-building activities for larger groups or parties.