Excelsior is a city in the Twin Cities.
Excelsior was founded in the 1850s as a destination for vacationers, primarily from the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Excelsior is located along beautiful Lake Minnetonka and offers numerous lake cruises and beaches. Throughout the years, Excelsior’s Water Street has been the home to many businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and merchants. Today, Excelsior works hard to maintain its historical identity while renewing various elements of the downtown area.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is only twenty miles from Excelsior.
Highway 7 runs through Excelsior and connects the city to Interstate 494, US 169, and Highway 100. Highway 7 also continues into Minneapolis.
Metro Transit runs express buses to and from Excelsior to Minneapolis
- Excelsior Commons, Lake St, ☎+1 952 474-5233. At the north end of town is The Commons park and recreation area with a swimming beach, playground, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and picnicking.
- Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, 305 Water St, ☎+1 952 221-4766. The Society’s museum and archives are free and open to the public, and hold the largest collection of historic artifacts and documents in the area.
While it is a smaller town Excelsior is filled with fun activities for all ages. Situated along Lake Minnetonka the city is filled with trails to explore and parks to enjoy all year round.
- The Excelsior Trolley, 305 Water St, ☎+1 952 922-1096. Old trolley No. 78, a streetcar that originally ran from Minneapolis to Excelsior in the 1920s, has been restored and now runs between the Bayside Grille and the Farmer’s Market in Excelsior. It’s a charming experience that no one should miss. Operated by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, which also operates the Como-Harriet streetcar line in Linden Hills, Minneapolis. $2 single ride or $5 day pass (also includes rides on the Como-Harriet streetcar).