7. Lake Nokomis
This South Minneapolis beauty is easy to get to from inside the city on Minnehaha Pkwy or nearby on Highway 62. Not only do they have all your beach needs covered (including paddleboard/kayak/canoe rentals), but they also have what’s far and away the best lake concession stand: it's a destination for cheese curds, kimchi-topped hot dogs, and dreamy horchata. If that’s not enough, how about you come for the beer? That’s right, they’ve got a full patio serving up plenty of local brews (and some wine, if that’s how you roll).
Party Potential: high
Activities: canoe/kayak/paddleboard rentals, concessions, beautiful people watching, swimming, boat access, fishing