Welcome to Wayzata
Wayzata blends an active and outdoorsy lifestyle with the conveniences and energy of urban living.
Nestled on Wayzata Bay with long views of Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata is city living with the luxuries of nature still in sight. The beautiful, well-maintained neighborhoods invite people to move in, and the award-winning school system means that families can rest assured that their children are getting a top-notch education. Downtown Wayzata is a historic village with a dynamic business community, plenty of shopping and dining options, and friendly residents. On the borders of Wayzata are hiking trails, the lake, and roads that will quickly have you in Minneapolis for a night in the big city.
What to Love
- Active lifestyle
- Stellar schools
- A plethora of outdoor activities
While Wayzata is significantly smaller than Minneapolis, it still offers an urban atmosphere without severe traffic or crowding. The booming economy and variety of activities allow for a balanced life, and both single adults and families find that they are never out of things to do. Wayzata is also particularly safe, which reinforces a relaxed and upbeat lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Wayzata’s downtown area is buzzing with stellar restaurants and plentiful shopping. For an upscale dinner, try 6Smith, known for their artisan menu with options like miso sea bass or tamarind short rib. They also have a solid vegan menu, featuring mushroom tacos and a watermelon-beet salad. For steak, Gianni’s is the best option, with a flavorful New York strip and a variety of other cuts. Ninetwentyfive offers some tasty dinner options, but they also feature an extensive breakfast and brunch menu, and in winter, they set up igloos for people to dine in for a unique experience.
Things to Do
Wayzata is also near several walking and hiking trails, such as the Dakota Rail Regional Trail and the Luce Line State Trail. The former is a thirteen-and-a-half-mile trail that runs through a section of the Great Northern Railway and offers excellent views of Lake Minnetonka and remnants of the old freight trains. Luce Line stretches 63 miles from Plymouth to Cosmos and is great for jogging, biking, horseback riding, and even snowmobiling in the winter.
The Wayzata public school system has numerous award-winning schools and is considered the second-best school system in the state; it’s supplemented by numerous excellent private schools.
- Birchview Elementary, K-5, five-time recipient of Minnesota Reward School award
- West Middle School, 6-8, named 2019 National Blue Ribbon School
- Wayzata High School, 9-12, named by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in America
- The Blake School, PreK-12, award-winning academic extracurricular activities
- Holy Name Of Jesus Catholic School, PreK-6, won 2021 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Private School
- Wayzata Public Schools (High School was ranked by Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report as a top Public School), Private schools: The Blake School — Highcroft Campus, Providence Academy, Holy Name of Jesus School, St. Bartholomew Catholic School