12 Best Things To Do In Minnetonka (2024 Update)

BY Dr. McDowell  |  July 15th, 2020
Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

Minnetonka is a beautiful city with tons of different things to do!

Whether you want to get out on the boat, walk around on some beautiful paths, or shop in some of Minnesota’s most famous boutiques, Minnetonka has something for you.

In this brief guide, we’re going over 12 best things to do in Minnetonka. We hope you enjoy it, and if you feel like there’s something we missed, drop a comment below. We’d love to add it in the future!

Things to do in Minnetonka

If you’re thinking about spending the day in and around Minnetonka, then you’re going to want to know what some of the best restaurants are.

Here’s our list of the top Minnetonka restaurants.

Top Minnetonka Restaurants

restaurant. Things to do in Minnetonka.

Bacio makes the top of our list not only because they serve up some of the best Italian American eats in the city, but because they have 4.6 stars on Google after 808 reviews. This place is sure to meet your expectations for a fancy night on the town.

McCormick’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is more than just your average pub. McCormicks serves up some delicious eats to go along with their drinks. If you’re interested in stopping by, consider their lobster roll, which is known for having just the right amount of juicy lobster inside.

COV Wayzata has the perfect afternoon bite or an evening dinner, COV is a great place to get your steak and seafood fix. 4.5 stars after 1,219 reviews, make this lakeview restaurant a must.

Pub 819 is located just outside Minnetonka in the neighboring city of Hopinks. This pub is particularly known for its many drink choices, including a slew of craft beers and whiskey.

Top Parks and Trails in Minnetonka

Minnehaha Creek offers a 22-mile-long tributary of the Mississippi River that flows out of Lake Minnetonka and into Minneapolis where ti meets the main river. It’s most notable for Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.

Theodore Wirth Regional Park is a massive park reserve that offers lake access, access to Minnehaha Creek, many walking paths, and open fields. If you’re looking for a nice hike or relaxing afternoon, be sure to check out this park.

Minnesota Landscape ArboretumIf you haven’t had the opportunity to see this absolutely incredible and breathtaking place, then you’re missing out. Created in 1958 by the U of M, the arboretum has almost 100 years of history and is filled with some of the most amazing plants and landscapes that Minnesota has to offer. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy walking around the 1,200 acres.

Big Island is, like the name implies, a big island. Known locally for its boat parties on the sandy beach, the island offers aa fun getaway for parties and friends. Whether you like the fun of being around tons of like-minded party boaters or you want to camp on the much quieter side of the island, the big island is a sight to be seen.

Shopping in Minnetonka

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When you think of Minnetonka, you might just want to spend the whole day exploring the shops. While some of the best boutique shops are located in small downtown Excelsior, there are also some other shops throughout the city.

Ridgedale Center this shopping center is full of attractions for both young and old. There are many of the popular brands from around the country and even some local Minnesota owned shops. If you’re getting restless at the mall, you might consider finding your way to an escape room!

General Store of MinnetonkaA true staple for the city is the General Store. Visiting Minnetonka without at least walking around the General Store will leave you filled with regret and a need to go back. But that’s not so bad. 😉

Ohh la la Boutique has become a Minnetonka must-see. Complete with everything Minnesota and some other common favorites that you’re sure to enjoy. We love this spot and enjoy that they offer the option to reserve the shop for a private shopping spree with your party or friends.

Lake Minnetonka Things To Do

Canoe on the lake.

If you don’t take the time to enjoy the lake while you’re in Minnetonka, then you’ll definitely be missing out. Lake Minnetonka is famous throughout the state for being one of Minnesota’s most beautiful and large lakes. While most of the lakeshore is in cities other than Minnetonka, you’ll still be able to access the lake from Minnetonka.

Steamboat Minnetonka provides a fun attraction for the whole family! This piece of history happily chugs up and down the lake providing its passengers with a history lesson of the lake. Who wouldn’t want a relaxing trip on a sailboat?

Wai Nani Surf & Paddle is a great place to rent kayaks or paddleboards to enjoy the lake. There’s lots of wildlife to view throughout the summer and fall months, and the fishing is great if you’re skilled enough to cast your line from a paddleboard.

Wanting something more adventurous than a paddleboard? Bay Rentals Inc. is a place to rent boats and jet skis to enjoy the lake. Just be sure you’re ready to take on the many boaters that occupy Lake Minnetonka throughout the summer months.

At Wayzata Dental, we love the neighboring city f Minnetonka. The city is filled with a history similar to that of Minneapolis. Giving people the opportunity to enjoy all that Minnetonka has to offer with a pain a free mouth, a shiny white smile is important to us.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide and that you’re able to use it the next time you’re looking for things to do in Minnetonka if you’re looking for a dentist while in the area, we’d love it if you came out to Wayzata Dental! We offer family-friendly dentistry that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..