A thriving community offering an excellent quality of life.
Plymouth’s beginnings can be traces back to the shores of Medicine Lake where its first inhabitants, the Dakota, made their encampment. By the middle of the 1800’s, a trader and guide named Antoine LeCounte settled and built his home. Plymouth's beginning as a town occurred in 1855 on the northwest shores of Parkers Lake. Schools and churches were built, and a post office was opened in the village. By 1863 hotels were being built in the area and in the time after the Civil War, Medicine Lake had become a major tourist attraction for visitors and vacationers from the Twin Cities.
Plymouth has been nationally recognized as a premier community for residents and business alike. Money Magazine ranked the city as it’s #1 Best Place to live and it’s no wonder. With its lakes and rolling hills providing the perfect backdrop for well-planned neighborhoods and prosperous business to blend seamlessly.
Plymouth residents enjoy beautiful natural amenities that are interspersed with inviting neighborhoods. The city is home to more than six large lakes including Medicine Lake. These bodies of water provide residents numerous opportunities for boating and fishing. In addition to being a wonderful place to live, Plymouth boasts Minnesota’s fourth largest economy with businesses creating approximately 60,000 jobs. The city is served by four highly rated school districts along with some great private school options.
One of Plymouth’s main hubs of activity is located on the corner of Vicksburg and Highway 55. This intersection offers local residents’ easy access to anything and everything! Butcher shops, coffee shops, salons, banks and grocery stores including the natural food marketplace of Fresh Thyme Market. You will also find home improvement stores like Lowe’s and boutique shops such as The Foursome Fine Apparel and Shoes - a sophisticated menswear store that offers casual and formal options, plus tux rentals. In addition to everyone’s favorite chain restaurants, this corner is home to cuisine from all over the world. Plymouth Garden serves up classic Chinese fare including egg rolls Szechuan chicken. Kobe Japanese Restaurant is always a fun option with hibachi grilled meals prepared right in front of you along with a flavorful menu of nigiri and inventive rolled sushi. Or if you’re feeling like curry, check out Hyderabad House Biryani Place for traditional Indian flavors.
Plymouth’s lakes and rolling terrain provide a picturesque backdrop for one of Minnesota’s premier park systems. The city encompasses over 170 miles of city, state and regional trails along with 1,855 acres of park land. The open, green spaces include neighborhood parks, playgrounds and sport courts, natural preservation areas and trails. The Northwest Greenway a crowning jewel for Plymouth and offers a 350-acre wooded nature preserve that connects to the Medicine Lake Regional Trail, Clifton E. French Regional Park and the Elm Creek regional park. The Northwest Greenway has been designed to preserve the natural resources while providing a wildlife corridor that is rich with high quality wetlands and trees. The Greenway also provides close to 7.5 miles of paved trails for walking and biking with scenic overlooks, an open-air pavilion for hosting gatherings and events, and a Challenge Course. Throughout the year, Plymouth hosts numerous community events including the February Fire and & Festival. A live DJ plays music as the backdrop for an ice fishing contest, medallion hunt, recycle bin races, ice golfing, dog sled rides and local food trucks. In April, the Plymouth Arts Council and City of Plymouth present Primavera. This is a three-day celebration of fine art featuring local creatives and makers. Residents also enjoy traditional Movies in the Park nights throughout the summer and live concerts at the Hilde Performance Center.
Plymouth residents are served by four highly regarded public school districts. The majority of the city is served by the nationally recognized Wayzata School District. All of the schools of the Wayzata School District, with one exception, are located in Plymouth. Robbinsdale Schools serve the east-central area of Plymouth while the Osseo School District includes the northeast area. Hopkins Schools cover the southeast corner of Plymouth. Plymouth is also home to Providence Academy. This private Catholic college-preparatory school is ranked in the top 9% of private K-12 schools in America.
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