Top 10 Things to do in Excelsior, United States

October 7, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Excelsior is a city on Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 2,188, and in 2016 the estimated population was 2,316. The suburb is located 18 miles (29 km) west of downtown Minneapolis.
Restaurants in Excelsior

1. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen, MN 55317-0039 +1 952-443-1400
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
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1%
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5 based on 503 reviews

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Reviewed By mumbojumboman - Victoria, Mn

The Landscape Arboretum has winter Christmas lights all over the grounds. Light display by the children's area with sleigh and windmill. Around back is more lights and music, and inside is the Poinsetta tree about 15 ft tall !!

2. Old Log Theatre

5185 Meadville St, Excelsior, MN 55331-8791 +1 952-474-5951
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Old Log Theatre

Reviewed By Debbie3403 - Excelsior, Minnesota

This was a play for children. These plays run about an hour it kept the attention the 3 year old as well as the 23 year old grandchild. We took all 6 grand children ages 23, 15, 7, 6, 5, and 3. The plays are...MoreWe're so happy to be included in your wonderful family tradition. We look forward to seeing you at Holiday children's show Snow White.

3. General Store of Minnetonka

14401 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345-3704 +1 952-935-7131
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

General Store of Minnetonka

Reviewed By Donna K - Minnetonka, Minnesota

I always love visiting the General Store of Minnetonka. It's a good place to shop for unique gifts, kitchen gadgets, nostalgic games, jewelry, and lots of other goodies. Adding the bistro was brilliant--the food offerings are good, but priced a little high. I usually forego the expensive desserts for one of their giant popovers with a bowl of soup. Allow at least an hour to cover the first and second floor and add additional time for a bite to eat. Parking is easy and free.

4. Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Lake Minnetonka, Grove Lane E, Wayzata, MN 55354
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Reviewed By David K - Bloomington, United States

This historic rail trail rolls through some of the most expensive real estate in Minnesota. It goes behind the original Tonka Toys factory and is totally paved. We made it from Wayzata to half way around Lake Waconia and came back, It was 15.5 miles one way for the part that we did, it continues out to western Minnesota, Very smooth, very beautiful and an easy ride. Loved it. The first 13 miles are maintained by The Three Rivers Park District and the remainder by Carver County, It goes by several wineries including Sovereign Lake which was closed this late in the year,

5. Al and Alma's Charter Cruises

5201 Piper Rd, Mound, MN 55364-9209
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Al and Alma's Charter Cruises

The original and largest fleet of modern charter and dinner cruise boats on Lake Minnetonka also offering classic Lake Minnetonka dining at Al and Alma's Supper Club on Cook's Bay. Whether you're planning an outing for two aboard our public brunch or dinner cruises or a private family, social or corporate function for 149, Al and Alma's Fleet of six luxury yachts is the perfect setting for a memorable brunch, lunch, dinner or moonlight cruise. Cruises depart from Excelsior, Wayzata and our supper club on Cook's Bay. Al and Alma's is the longest operating restaurant on Lake Minnetonka - famous for hand-cut steaks, slow-cooked BBQ ribs, camp-style walleye and homemade desserts. These specialties are complemented by modern-American fare and delightful nightly specials including fresh ocean fish.

Reviewed By CaptTrouble - Wisconsin

We attended an all-evening wedding reception aboard what appeared to be a brand new yacht.

Absolutely gorgeous, everything was polished and spotlessly clean. Service of champagne and bartenders were absolutely flawless. Food was good for a buffet.

The cruise on Lake Minnetonka took us out and past many very high-value homes.

Loved it. Best charter we have been on.

6. PaddleTap

3764 Sunset Dr, Near Lord Fletchers, Spring Park, MN 55384-9630
Excellent
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5 based on 6 reviews

PaddleTap

PaddleTap is a custom boat tour company! Roughly 25 to 30 feet in length, with "paddle" stations where you physically move the boat using a custom paddle wheel. There is a table/bar in the middle with coolers that can store your favorite beverage. We have a backup gas motor that is used as needed! Private tours ranging from 10-24 total guests! Located on Lake Minnetonka! The best form of fun possible! PaddleTap has a LazyTap (double deck party pontoon) that is new in 2018. Try that out if Paddling isn't your thing!

Reviewed By bjaeger7 - Plymouth, Minnesota

We booked the Paddletap with a group of good friends. We had an awesome time! The views of Lake Minnetonka were amazing and the boat was a lot of fun. We paddled some and let the motor do the rest! The captains were really friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend taking the tour.....you won't regret it! We also had dinner at Lord Fletcher's before we paddled....very good!

7. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317-9677 +1 952-934-1525
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation’s largest Equity (professional status) dinner theatre company featuring multiple stages under one roof. In addition, CDT is Minnesota’s only year-round musical theatre and the largest tourist attraction in Carver County. Founded in 1968, Chanhassen is a producing theatre, completely creating and executing all production elements in the theatres’ own on-site scene, costume and properties shops by its own creative design team led by Resident Artistic Director Michael Brindisi.

Reviewed By PhotosAreForEver - Minnesota

We have been going since 1973. It might be personal preference but there are some plays that are better than others. But the Acting is 100% entertaining! Every show the actors interact with the audiences. The closer you sit to center stage the more of a chance you'll be part of the show. Four stars is for the food. It's always a good idea to ask the server what he or she might recommend. Our Chicken was over cooked but the steaks and fish were spot on. The can beer was out dated. Water glasses never go dry.
Sister Act production was amazing. The play is a rewrite from the original movie but the story line was the same with different songs.
Photo and video is a mortal sin but asked before the show if your guest is evolved in the show if you can take picture of your friend/family member.

8. Wayzata Bay Charters

687 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Wayzata Bay Charters

Public and Private Lake Minnetonka Cruises Lake Minnetonka Weddings, Special Occasions, & Corporate Events. Private Lake Minnetonka Cruises, Lake Minnetonka is one of the largest lakes in Minnesota. Over 125 Miles of shoreline to be seen. Beautiful Homes, Boating and Nature awaits on your Private Lake Minnetonka Cruise. Come aboard our 60 Foot lake cruiser for an exciting 2, 3 or 4 hour cruise

Reviewed By dama3j - Bloomington, Minnesota

Short trip in the lake Minnetonka, enough to have a good relaxing time and enjoy the fall landscape. It was windy and cold. Staff were very attentive and professional. A glass of champagne was a perfect drink.Thank you for taking your time to provide fellow consumers with your perspective. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

9. Noerenberg Memorial Gardens

2840 Northshore Dr, Wayzata, MN 55391-9353 +1 763-559-9000
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens

Reviewed By danf552017 - Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

We visited following last year's renovations of the paved garden paths.
While the staff were in the midst of spring planting, there was still many spring time flowering plants to enjoy.
This is a readily accessible garden featuring a wide range of plants and flowers. While open May through October, there is always excellent plantings to admire and enjoy.
A special feature, not to be missed, is the horse barn across the road from the Noerenberg Gardens. It is only shown on special occasions, so watch the Three Rivers Park District website for tours. Not to be missed!

10. Bay to Bay Boat Rentals

135 Lakeview Ave, Excelsior, MN 55331-9541 +1 952-401-3880
Excellent
94%
Good
6%
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5 based on 15 reviews

Bay to Bay Boat Rentals

Reviewed By JohnandLin - Maple Grove, Minnesota

Rented a pontoon from these folks over the 4th of July weekend and I was really impressed with the service.

They do not have a ton of parking space on the lake, so they asked for us to park at a nearby gas station. They were there when we arrived, they loaded all of our coolers, etc. right to the shuttle bus and then again from the shuttle to the boat. After a short sign in and after a short demonstration on the use of the boat and the rules and policies for boating on Minnetonka, they set us out to the lake.

The boat itself was very nice and much larger than we thought. We had plenty of space to stretch out.

My one complaint was that we couldn't listen to our own iphone music. They told us that the radio had bluetooth and it also had a usb connection, but it didn't appear that there was bluetooth and the connection didn't work. Might be worth double checking with them on how to connect up before you head out. This wasn't a dealbreaker since we could still just tune in the radio and the lake wind itself was pretty loud so the music was not really that prominent.

Upon our return, they were waiting on the dock and promptly loaded our gear back on the shuttle and brought us back to our rides. Top notch service every step of the way.

Thanks for a great day on the lake!

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