The wise, parks-oriented founders of Minneapolis created and preserved open and picturesque places where we can take daily advantage of opportunities to bridge mind, body and spirit — and no less around Linden Hills than anywhere else in the city.

We exercise on the walking and bike paths… and most of us appreciate the combination Rose Garden/fountain sculptures/Peace Garden for leisurely walks and quiet contemplation… but how about Robert’s Bird Sanctuary? Check it out this summer, as I’m afraid it might look a bit different after the giant sewer repair project begins in the fall (details below).

HarrietKiteFestAnd in the winter — If you haven’t been to the kite festival on Lake Harriet, you’re missing the Community Event of the season!

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One reason people love Linden Hills is for the natural beauty and the lovely outdoor retreats – places to exercise or just relax. Linden Hills Park (43rd and Xerxes) and Beard’s Plaisance (46th and Upton, overlooking Lake Harriet) both have playground equipment and tennis courts.

Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun each have two paths around them – one for walking, the other for bikes and rollerblades. And for those wanting longer treks, the paths connect all the way to Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Falls, or to Lake of the Isles, or to the Greenway and downtown to work. (See Ground Rounds website for more on our Chain of Lakes.)

Halfway around Lake Harriet, you’ll find the Rose Gardens and the Peace Gardens, along with Robert’s Bird Sanctuary.* The lake itself has a bandshell with concerts (see Events page for more) every night of the summer, and a newly improved children’s playground. Kids also enjoy the Minneapolis City Trolley, and the Bakken Museum that explores the mysteries of electricity. (See Kids section for more.)

* Note that the Sanctuary is undergoing changes in 2014-15 due to sewer construction. Phase 2 preparation is north and east of Peace Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, and lasts mid-July to end of September. Phase 3 includes the sanctuary and gardens, and will begin September 1, 2014, with most completion by January 27. Site restoration will begin as the ground thaws in Spring 2015.

On a lighter note…. if you missed it on the home page, here is one thing I love about Linden Hills.