Orono

Welcome to Orono

A peaceful community on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka

 

Orono is a peaceful city with nearly 40 miles of shoreline on Lake Minnetonka. The city maintains over 260 acres of parks, trails and open spaces that are dotted around the quiet neighborhoods and lakes found within its borders. Miles of trails wind through rural, picturesque settings and past natural wetlands and lakes. Orono offers many outdoor recreation possibilities with two public golf courses, three private courses, five public marinas, 14 public access points on Lake Minnetonka, and two major regional rails. Enjoy boating on Long Lake or Lake Minnetonka, biking the Dakota Regional Trail or strolling through the Noerenberg Memorial Gardens.

 

Orono residents enjoy some of Lake Minnetonka’s most desirable shoreline. Homes styles here are diverse with stately homes on spacious acreages providing panoramic views nestled alongside luxurious modern new construction properties. Over 96 percent of Orono is zoned for single family homes making the city a quiet and peaceful place to call home.

 

What to Love

  • Lake Minnetonka and Long Lake
  • Numerous recreational opportunities
  • Excellent public schools
  • Wide variety of dining options

 

People & Lifestyle

Orono residents enjoy neighborhoods with pastoral settings, large acreages and beautiful lakeshore while also featuring easy access to modern conveniences. The city parks and open spaces provide opportunities for biking and hiking, horseback riding, boating, and experiencing all that the Lake Minnetonka has to offer. In addition to locally owned restaurants and cafes, Orono also features boutique shopping and its very own nationally recognized school district.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Navarre neighborhood is located in the southern part of Orono and is a central part of the Lake Minnetonka community. On the corner of Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road you will find a bustling commerce district with local shops and eateries. The Narrows Saloon is a cornerstone of the community serving up traditional American meals and beverages with live musical acts during the weekends. Just a little further up the street is Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge. Since 1968, this local destination has been catering to the Lake Minnetonka community with an elevated dining room setting featuring steaks and seafood while it’s lakeside Wharf invites boaters to take a break from the lake with burgers and draft beers. Head north to the shores of Long Lake where you will find another trendy dining spot, Birches on the Lake Brewhouse & Supper Club provides patrons with craft beers and cocktails, delicious menu options and live music set against a stunning backdrop of lake views.  

 

Things to Do

With all the dedicated park land and open spaces, Orono doesn’t disappoint when it comes to outdoor activities. The city owned Orono Public Golf Course offers a picturesque setting that is sure to please golfers of all skill levels. Known for its family friendly atmosphere, the course opens during the weekends over winter for sledding. Sited on the shore of Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Stroll the grounds while taking in the beautiful flowers and Lake Minnetonka views. The Dakota Regional Trail offers residents and visitors the perfect venue to explore Orono and the Lake Minnetonka area with over 13 miles of paved trails traversing the communities across the north side of Lake Minnetonka.   

 

 

Schools

The Orono Public School District serves the students of this community. Highlights include:

  • Orono High School named America’s Top High Schools (Newsweek), Top High Schools (The Daily Beast), America’s Most Challenging High Schools (The Washington Post) and Best High Schools/Gold Medal (U.S. News & World Report).
  • New state-of-the-art Orono Activities Center opened in 2019
  • Orono students continuously place among the highest-performing students in both public and private schools
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