Play at the beach
It’s the classic way to spend a summer day. Spread out a towel, pull out a good book, and splash in the lake. It’s easy to include a beach day (or several!) on a Minnesota getaway. Many cities have great beaches right in town, including Big Lake, Detroit Lakes, Fairmont, Spicer and Waconia. For a refreshing dip in our biggest lake, Superior, head to Park Point Beach in Duluth.
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are a great way to explore our lakes. Many state and local parks offer canoe and kayak rentals for easy lake paddling. In Minneapolis, you can rent a canoe at Lake Calhoun and paddle through a chain of lakes via connecting canals.
Take a cruise
An easy and fun way to get out on a lake is to climb aboard an excursion boat. In the northern forests, a narrated boat trip in Itasca State Park explores the lake where the Mississippi River Lake Minnetonka steamboat begins as a small stream, and excursion boats explore the wilderness lakes of Voyageurs National Park.
Spend the night
It can be hard to tear yourself away from the lake at the end of the day…so don’t! Watch the sun set amid vivid pinks and purples. After nightfall, roast marshmallows at a campfire, be amazed by zillions of stars twinkling above, see the moon rise above the lake, and if you’re lucky, catch the northern lights dancing in the sky.