On the southwest side of Minneapolis, East Harriet is located close to Lake Calhoun and its namesake, Lake Harriet, two of the largest bodies of water in the area. In the 55409 zip code area in Hennepin County, Lake Harriet is contained by 36th Street to the north, 46th street to the south, and Lyndale Avenue to the east. Lake Harriet itself, as well as the Lakewood Cemetery, creates the community’s western border. On the tree-lined streets of this picturesque Minneapolis neighborhood you’ll see mostly two-story homes set back from the roadways. As of 2000, this quaint neighborhood had nearly 4,000 inhabitants.
Lake Harriet, which Colonel Henry Leavenworth (builder of historic Fort Snelling) romantically named after his wife in the early 1800s, offers residents plenty to do. Part of the Chain of Lakes with Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet consists of more than 340 acres of water and nearly 70 acres of land. Biking and hiking around nearly three miles of trails are favorite pastimes for East Harriet residents. Two supervised beaches – Southeast and North – are also offered. Other Lake Harriet amenities include tennis courts, fishing dock, playground, garden, concessions, bandstand, restroom facilities, picnic area, and pay parking lot. Lake Calhoun is just a few miles away to the northwest and offers similar amenities.
As if the close proximity to Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun wasn’t enough to make East Harriet an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll also find Lyndale Park situated between Lake Harriet and the Lakewood Cemetery. Within the East Harriet community, residents enjoy the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary and the Park Rose Garden. Minikahda Club golf course is located to the west of Lake Calhoun at 3205 Excelsior Boulevard.
For those who prefer dinner and drinks to kayaking and golfing, the Uptown area — less than two miles away to the north — offers plenty of watering holes and fine dining establishments. Uptown also offers a unique shopping experience.