city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States

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.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is only twenty miles from Excelsior.

By carEdit

Highway 7 runs through Excelsior and connects the city to Interstate 494, US 169, and Highway 100. Highway 7 also continues into Minneapolis.

Get aroundEdit

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.

Trolley RidesEdit

  • 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).

Lake CruisesEdit


  • Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville St, +1 952 474-5951. Recognized as one of the most popular theaters in the U.S., the Old Log offers contemporary plays and comedies year-round and the theater's company of Equity actors include some of the finest talent in the Midwest.
  • Excelsior Dock, 26 Water St, +1 763 682-3000. 3 theater cinema offering stadium seating and delicious popcorn.


Water Street in downtown Excelsior is lined with specialty stores and smart eateries. There are also shops located along 2nd and 3rd Streets, which run perpendicular to Water Street. Metered parking is available along Water Street, public parking is also available off 3rd Street. This historic shopping district offers a wide range of family owned and small town shops catering to many tastes.


  • Excelsior Coin, 449 2nd St, +1 952 474-4789. Excelsior Coin and Collectibles has been in business for more tan 30 years. They have extensive knowledge of collectible coins, gold and silver and buy and sell on site.
  • Country Look Antiques, 240 Water St, +1 952 474-0050. Country Look Antiques is your everything antique store that’s chock full of unique treasures and fun finds.


  • Ooh La La, 274 Water St, +1 952 474-1743. Two great store ideas within one place that truly compliment each other. Ooh La La features fashionable handbags, tees Voltage shoes and accessories at affordable-chic prices.
  • Meridian Boutique, 223 Water St, +1 952 474-4519. A contemporary boutique offering an extrodinary hand-selected collection of contemporary designer apparel.
  • [dead link] Big Island Swim & Surf, 229 Water St, +1 952 474-4537. Big Island Swim & Surf offers a collection of swimwear not only from around the country, but around the world! From beach bags, handbags, handcrafted jewelry, flip flops, sunglasses and browning lotion, Big Island Swim & Surf has it all.


  • Capers Excelsior Gifts, 207 Water St, +1 952 474-1715. Capers is THE place to find the gift for that hard to buy for person. Filled with jewelry, scarves, novelty gifts, home accessories, and more. This store carries the charm and variety that every shopper loves.
  • The Soap Box, 350 2nd St, +1 952 474-4652. Situated in Paris Tailors, The Soap Box carries a select range of scented soaps and oils from around the world.
  • Provisions Excelsior, 320 Water St (in the Excelsior Mill building), +1 952 908-9650. As featured in Midwest Home magazine, Provisions offers you pure shopping enjoyment, offering thousands of creative and enjoyable gift ideas.



  • 318 Cafe, 318 Water St, +1 952 401-7902. 318 is a quaint cafe located on Water Street and offers a small town feel with an urban vibe. Come for lunch or drop in later to catch a local artist and enjoy a glass of wine or beer.
  • Adeles Custard, 800 Excelsior Blvd, +1 952 470-0035. At Adeleʼs, they make every batch of homemade frozen custard on-site with fresh, premium ingredients from their own unique recipes resulting in custard that’s rich, creamy and delicious.
  • Bayside Grille, 687 Excelsior Blvd, +1 952 470-8975. Escape the ordinary and experience the Bayside Grille, Lake Minnetonkaʼs hot spot for unparalleled waterfront deck dining, fantastic drinks, and sunsets you wonʼt soon forget!
  • Hazellewood, 3635 Manitou Rd, +1 952 401-0066. A neighborhood gathering place for your friends and family that captures the essence of hospitality in casual, comfortable surroundings.
  • Joey Nova's Pizza, 5655 Manitou Rd, +1 952 405-2700. Joey Novas Excelsior Pizza is an East Coast style pizzeria & delicatessen offering and delivering exceptional, freshly prepared foods for their friends in Excelsior, Chanhassen, Shorewood and Tonka Bay.
  • Licks Ice Cream, 31 Water St, +1 952 474-4791. A locally owned ice cream parlor that features homemade waffle cones, ice cream and soft serve yogurt. Just a short walk to the public docks. Lickʼs is open by the season (usually May thru October) and is a local favorite for both young and old.
  • Maynards, 685 Excelsior Blvd, +1 952 470-1800. Maynards in Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka is the essence of American casual, with an expansive outdoor dining deck and bar adjoined to their own dock space that makes it a boating favorite for lunch and dinner alike.
  • [dead link] Yumi's Sushi, 28 Water St, +1 952 474-1720. Shhh! A true local secret! Yumiʼs bustling little sushi bar is located right in the heart of downtown Excelsior where it serves the highest quality, artfully presented sushi this side of Tokyo.




  • Hennepin County Library, 337 Water St, +1 612 543-6350. M,W,F-Sa 9AM-5PM, Tu,Th noon-8PM. Opened in September 2014, a modern library with all the services of a typical American library.

Go nextEdit

In the Twin Cities metroEdit

  • Mall of America in nearby Bloomington. Minnesota has no sales tax on clothing.
  • Valleyfair is an amusement park that's within an hour's drive in nearby Shakopee.
  • Minnesota Zoo is in nearby Apple Valley.
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