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Dog Areas in Excelsior

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Excelsior is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and it sits on Lake Minnetonka. More than 2,300 people live in Excelsior, and it's less than 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis. Founded in 1853, Excelsior was the first community built on Lake Minnetonka, and it has grown a lot since then. Today, Excelsior has several businesses, restaurants, hotels, and neighborhoods, and plenty of impressive Victorian architecture. Excelsior is a wonderful place to raise a family, and if your family includes furry four-legged members, you'll enjoy walking around the town, and you are never more than a quick drive away from an off-leash dog park.

One of the best ways to get to know Excelsior while simultaneously bonding with your pooch is by trekking the Southwest Regional LRT together. This crushed-stone trail stretches for nearly 20 miles, and it winds through Excelsior as well as other Minneapolis suburbs. During your walk, you and your dog will get a glimpse of suburban Minnesota living, and you'll also come across scenic parks, bluffs, and creeks. This trail is part of a network of trails spanning America that were converted from unused railway lines. Your dog must be on a leash while you walk this trail, but when it's time for an off-leash trip, there are plenty of nearby options!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Excelsior

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    Population Density 3,680/sq mi

    #1 Northeast Maple Grove

    Northeast Maple Grove, Minnesota is only 20 miles north of Excelsior, and this is where you'll find the Elm Creek Reserve Dog Park. This 29-acre dog park is a fenced, off-leash space where your dog can run free and play with dogs of a similar size in the big or small dog areas. The Elm Creek Reserve Dog Park is often regarded as one of the most beautiful dog parks visitors have ever seen, and although it requires purchasing a daily or annual pass to visit it, guests say it is more than worth it! There's a pond thatĀ dogs can swim in within the park, and there are also several trails for you to walk with your dog as well.
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    Population Density 2,029/sq mi

    #2 Southwest Bloomington

    Just 18 miles southeast of Excelsior sits the Bloomington Dog Park in southwest Bloomington, Minnesota. There's plenty of room for your dog to explore in this 25-acre dog park, and it includes an extra section for small or shy dogs, as well as a pond they can swim in and trails for you to walk with them. Throughout the park, you'll come across picnic tables and other places to sit, as well as waste disposal supplies and water stations during the warmer months of the year. This park is free to use, and you'll quickly get a sense of how close and friendly the community of regulars who visit this park are!
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    Population Density 991/sq mi

    #3 Rowland

    The Bryant Lake Regional Dog Park in northeast Eden Prairie is only 15 minutes from Excelsior, and it's sure to be a favorite of both yours and your dog's! Part of Bryant Lake Regional Park, this dog park is a nearly 10-acre fenced space that includes a separate area for small and scared dogs. The dog park has running water for dogs to drink, as well as a small pond they can swim in if they'd like. There are walking trails and benches throughout the park, and you'll find waste disposal items as well. The rest of Bryant Lake Regional Park is dog-friendly, but your dog must be on a leash.
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    Population Density 2,093/sq mi

    #4 City Center

    There's another excellent dog park in Eden Prairie that's also only a 15-minute drive from Excelsior, and this one is in the city's center. Staring Lake Dog Park is a 5.7-acre dog park that's open from about mid-March until DecemberĀ or the first major snowfall of the year. This seasonal dog park doesn't include a small dog area, so be prepared for your dog to interact with dogs of all different sizes. In addition to open areas that are pawfect for a game of fetch, there are also wooded trails to explore in the park. Staring Lake Dog Park is free to use, and there are water fountains and seating in the park, too.
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    Population Density 3,466/sq mi

    #5 Bassett Creek

    The Bassett Creek Park in southeast Crystal, Minnesota is 18 miles northeast of Excelsior, and this 80-acre park has activities your whole family can enjoy. There are sports fields, a 3,700 square foot playground, a disc golf course, a garden, and an off-leash dog park! The Bassett Creek Dog Park was built in 2010, and it's one large space where dogs of all sizes and breeds play together rather than being separated by size. The dog park is free to use, and it's open year-round. If you happen to forget your doggy bags or water bottle, don't worry! There are waste disposal items throughout the park and a running water source, too.
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