Excelsior Bay is south of Lower Lake and west of St. Albans Bay. The bay is surrounded by the cities of Excelsior and Greenwood. These cities are located in the Minnetonka School District. Excelsior Bay has a rich history dating back to the late 1800’s as a tourist destination, complete with luxury hotels and excursion steamboats. As Excelsior Bay’s popularity grew, summer homes and cottages began to spring up along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka. The eighteen mile commute to downtown Minneapolis made this location especially attractive to city dwellers looking for an escape from the city heat. After the Big Island Amusement Park closed, Excelsior created its own amusement park in 1925, attracting hundreds of thousands each summer. Excelsior today, still reflects the once-booming tourist industry with its integration of shops, dining, and entertainment on Water Street.
The water depth in Excelsior Bay ranges from 4 to 35 feet and has an A rating for water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
No wake zone
The abundance of marinas on Excelsior Bay confirms the value in the area, the marinas include the Tonka Bay Marina, Excelsior Bay Harbor, and Excelsior Marina. These marinas provide easily accessible private dock slips in the heart of downtown Excelsior. Additionally, the Excelsior Public Docks allow easy access from the water to all the restaurants and retail that downtown has to offer
Excelsior Bay’s great atmosphere and convenient location make it easy to find attractions to do year-round, in the summer events include, Concerts in the Commons, Excelsior Farmer’s Market, and the annual Fourth of July celebration, all of which take place just minutes from the water. In the winter, downtown Excelsior hosts a winter festival called the Arctic Fever, but if you’re looking to escape the cold, pop into Excelsior Bay Books on Water Street to curl up and read a new book. There are also events in the fall and spring like Apple Day and trivia at the Excelsior Brewing Company. Aside from these events, downtown Excelsior presents an abundance of fantastic shopping including local favorites, The Maker’s Studio, Primp, and Big Island Swim & Surf Company. Excelsior Public Docks make it easy to catch a great bite to eat at Lago Tacos, Tommy’s Tonka Trolley, Yumi’s, and Coalition.
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