Sail boats on Lake Bde Maka Ska

Minneapolis lakes

3000 Calhoun Parkway, Mpls.
Sail boats on Lake Bde Maka Ska Elizabeth Flores

Minneapolis translates to “city of lakes.” There are 13 lakes in the city itself, plus the Mississippi River. Drive around three interconnected lakes — Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska (buh-DAY muh-KAH-ska) and Harriet. Admire the stately houses, envision the fun summer activities like sailing, swimming, or simply enjoying the scenery. How often do you get to do that? The sprawling Lake Minnetonka, the one Prince made famous in “Purple Rain,” is out in the suburbs anyway.