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Welcome to Wayzata

Nestled in Hennepin County and on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata is a small town that serves as a suburb of the nearby Twin Cities. Throughout the year, the city plays host to many events, including golf on a frozen lake. 

From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, this area served as a resort town for visitors during the summer months, with many local hotels and rental cottages. Today, it's still a popular vacation spot, and many locals work in the service industry or commute for work. With many local restaurants, lots of history, and stunning views, this entertaining hub is full of amenities for residents.

What to Love

  • Lively local restaurant scene
  • Many entertaining attractions and outdoor activities
  • Quaint downtown area
  • Gorgeous from the shores of Lake Minnetonka

Local Lifestyle

As a popular town, Wayzata bustles with locals and a variety of visitors arriving to relax and explore. This small town offers many entertaining events and festivals throughout the year.

Many of the homes in town serve as second homes or vacation properties. These homes feature the latest upgrades and trends. Many of the locals commute for work in St. Paul or Minneapolis. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Although Wayzata is a small town, it offers a cornucopia of local restaurants with mouthwatering menus. Most of the locals travel to Minnetonka or the Twin Cities for an afternoon of luxury shopping, although the basics are available in town. 

With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views, COV is the place for special occasions and romantic evenings. Steak and seafood dominate the menu. 6Smith sits on the lakefront and features large comfy booths. The menu features upscale American classics and a lovely craft cocktail menu. 

When the weather is nice, an outdoor table at Gianni's Seafood and Steakhouse is the hottest ticket in town. Josefina only opens for dinner, and the menu features real Italian dishes. This local eatery requires reservations on the weekend when it's impossible to get a table without one.

Things to Do

Throughout the year, Wayzata hums with local events and the options to enjoy time outdoors and with family and friends. Lake Minnetonka plays a vital role in local activities with boating, fishing, and swimming during the summer months. 

Wayzata Chilly Open Golf Tournament gives locals and visitors to try their hand at playing golf on a frozen lake, and it's been held every year for more than 30 years.  James J. Hill Days features the best of Minnesota from family fun and exciting activities to local vendors and mouthwatering food. 

Panoway on Wayzata Bay is a local park with winding walking trails. The most unusual feature is the miniature village surrounded by a railroad track. Wayzata Country Club and Woodhill Country Club are two of the local clubs for enjoying time with friends and family and playing a round of golf. 


As a small town with less than 5,000 people, there is only a single school within the city limits. The Wayzata School District serves the public schools that locals in Wayzata attend, along with a couple of other nearby towns. Wayzata doesn't have any private schools, but nearby Minnetonka does, as well as an extensive selection of private schools in the Twin Cities. Post-secondary schools are also available in the Twin Cities area. The schools that serve Wayzata include:
  • Sunset Elementary School, kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Oakwood Elementary School, kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Plymouth Creek Elementary School, kindergarten through 5th grade
  • West Middle School, 6th through 8th grade
  • Central Middle School, 6th through 8th grade
  • Wayzata High School, 9th through 12th grade
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