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Best things to do in Minnetrista

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen. Located in the quiet idyllic suburb of Chanhassen, Minnesota, Paisley Park is Prince’s mythical creative sanctuary. Following the meteoric success of Purple Rain in the mid 1980s, construction began on what would become a $10M, 65,000 square-foot recording and production complex complete with state of the art technology capable of outputting any form of creative work Prince could envision – from music recordings, clothing production, artwork and graphic design, music videos and even full-length feature films. Fans have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex. Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, motorcycles, rare music and video recordings.”
32 locals recommend
Garden
“A bit of a drive but two garden lovers this place is a dream! Open year-round, incredible gardens full of flowers, roses, sculpture, local wildflowers, and even a bee center! One of my favorite places in town, on your Way, drive by Paisley Park and pay tribute to Prince and see the memorabilia and tributes that continue to pepper the fence surrounding Paisley Park.”
42 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“My favorite Excelsior restaurant, Casual dining inside or outside on the docks overlooking Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay. Try with Waleye Fish and Chips or Grannie's salad--Yum”
27 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Chanhassen Dinner Theaters offers a tast of Broadway right here in Chanhassen. Professional acters, New York and local talent. ”
12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lake Minnetonka has Big Islang where people bring their boat and anchor near shore! They also go to Lord Fletchers of Maynard’s, all on the lake! ”
13 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This place is a HIT and often crowded. Lots of unique events. Local charm. ”
14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Local favorite restaurant especially during the summer located on lake Minnetonka. ”
15 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Fabulous apps for Happy Hour! Entire menu is usually great. My favorite, morning, noon, eve! ”
8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Old Log Theatre is the oldest professional theater in the state of Minnesota. It is sometimes cited as the oldest continuously operating professional theater in the United States. It is located in Excelsior and is funded entirely by ticket sales and income from its restaurant. Great casual fun.”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A bit of a drive but great local bands, good food and drinks. A very local hangout.”
8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Breakfast, weekend brunch & American grill fare in comfy neighborhood digs, plus daily happy hour. And hey, my daughter is the bartender!”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sushi, teriyaki & noodles served in a space with dark-wood decor & an eat-at sushi bar. Another quaint restaurant in the heart of small-town Excelsior.”
6 locals recommend
Bar
“Irish pub with great drinks, atmosphere, and food and entertainment. Walkable to other boutique shops, bars and brewery's nearby.”
9 locals recommend
Park
“Boasting the most trails in the west metro, Carver Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. If you go at dusk, you’ll no doubt be joined by local swallows and perhaps even a bald eagle or two. Take in Minnesota’s diverse swampland from Carver Park’s boardwalk—a 1,700 foot floating boardwalk that will transport you in the eerie tamarack swamps.”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tacos! Bar/restaurant in downtown Excelsior - relatively casual. Right next door to movie theater.”
8 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Very fun to go here and rent a kayak or paddle boat. Great area to walk around and do some upscale shopping.”
5 locals recommend