Welcome to Wayzata
Strikingly beautiful and affluent town set along a scenic lakefront
Of the many lake towns in the Twin Cities, no place sparks the imagination quite like Wayzata. With an atmosphere reminiscent of Cape Cod, Wayzata is an idyllic town set along Lake Minnetonka. It has many luxuries in a posh resort town, yet it is less than a 40-minute drive from downtown Minneapolis.
Often considered the crowning jewel of Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata residents take great pride in their waterfront town. Wayzata features a lively downtown area, spectacular city beaches, and beautiful parks overlooking the water. From upscale dining and shopping to year-round festivals and activities, there is so much to love about Wayzata.
What to Love
- A picture-perfect small town minutes from Minneapolis
- Beautiful beaches, parks, and trails
- Some of Minnesota’s most spectacular lakefront homes
- Easy access to water sports and recreational activities
Considered one of Minnesota’s most beautiful towns, living in Wayzata feels like living in a postcard. With its charming downtown area and pristine parks overlooking the water, Wayzata residents often forget they’re in the Twin Cities when exploring the community. No matter where you are in town, there’s always a spectacular waterfront view. It’s also a popular launching point for many boating and sailing excursions.
Wayzata is also known for having some of the most exquisite waterfront homes in the Twin Cities. Whether you are searching for a historic estate or a contemporary new build, prospective residents can find waterfront homes starting in the low seven figures
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
From lakeside patios to winter igloos, fine dining is a one-of-a-kind experience in beautiful Wayzata, featuring some of the most romantic restaurants in Minnesota. For a truly remarkable dining experience, check out The Hotel Landing & Ninetwentyfive Restaurant. Best known for its waterfront hotel, the Ninetwentyfive Restaurant is truly an exceptional restaurant. You can experience panoramic waterfront views during the summer, but outdoor dining isn’t limited to the summer months. For added romance, dine in one of the restaurant’s igloo-inspired geodomes. Each geodome is heated and private, elevating your winter dining experience to new heights. Other romantic lakeside local restaurants include COV Wayzata, 6Smith, and Gianni’s Steakhouse.
Head to Benedict’s, one of Wayzata’s best brunch restaurants and an excellent way to start your day. Their specialties include omelets, tater tot hot dish (a Minnesota staple), and eggs Benedict. If you have been out on the water all day, stop at McCormick’s Pub and Restaurant, which is famous for its traditional Irish fare and craft beers.
Things to Do
From its recreational sports to its beautiful parks, there is no better place to relax and unwind than Wayzata. For insight into Wayzata’s rich history, check out the Wayzata Depot Museum, a historic train depot that has been converted into a local museum. For a whimsical look at Wayzata’s history, check out Panoway on Wayzata Bay, a local park featuring a model train station. For those who prefer to celebrate history through festivities, check out James J Hill Days, an annual festival commemorating the development of the Lake Minnetonka area.
Wayzata Beach is one of the lake’s most popular beaches for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Located steps from downtown Wayzata, Wayzata Beach is a great place to enjoy the water. For avid boaters, there is the Wayzata Yacht Club, a private club and nationally acclaimed hub for sailing enthusiasts.
If you enjoy hitting the greens, Wayzata Country Club is a privately owned membership course featuring a beautiful 18-hole course, restaurant, racquetball court, and more.
For those who are considering relocating to the area, Wayzata and the surrounding area are part of the Wayzata Public School District. Some of the area’s top educational opportunities include: