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Old 02-09-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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Worcester Massachusetts is littered with ponds and lakes, including lake Quinasimbug
Syracuse has a lake just outside dt and it's Pretty nice
Springfield, MA has a very nice lake right In Metro Center

In general mid- sized cities in the East would probably win this if you Dont see Seattle as a winner because the west is dryer.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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But I'm talking about a lake that's completely within the city, not a lakefront city.

The lake completely within Seattle is Lake Union.
Is it a lake or an inlet? It looks like it connects with the sea.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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This is one category where Minneapolis should be among the most votes, yet again though, people underestimate the city!
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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Orlando has dozens of lakes within city limits. One of the neat things you don't realize about that city because it all gets overshadowed by that hellhole south of town. It's actually quite scenic.

Lake Eola downtown:

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Old 02-09-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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Minneapolis and/or St. Paul probably have the most urban lakes. Whether they also have the best or not, I'm not sure about.

Does bigger mean better, here? I don't think it does, but that would work against Minneapolis.

Proximity to downtown? We don't have any large lakes within walking distance of downtown (the pond in Loring does not count), so that would work against us, too.

Skyline views, MSP probably has down.

Things to do on the lake, MSP would be very competitive (things like Como Zoo and Conservatory, the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Theo Wirth Golf Course, etc.). Plus, you can boat, fish, ice-fish, snowshoe, cross country ski, swim, waterski, etc. on our lakes, so there are activities no matter what the season.

MSP probably has a bigger "lake culture" than any other big city, but whether or not we have the be-all, end-all best urban lake is up for debate....
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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Minneapolis and/or St. Paul probably have the most urban lakes. Whether they also have the best or not, I'm not sure about.

Does bigger mean better, here? I don't think it does, but that would work against Minneapolis.

Proximity to downtown? We don't have any large lakes within walking distance of downtown (the pond in Loring does not count), so that would work against us, too.

Skyline views, MSP probably has down.

Things to do on the lake, MSP would be very competitive (things like Como Zoo and Conservatory, the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Theo Wirth Golf Course, etc.). Plus, you can boat, fish, ice-fish, snowshoe, cross country ski, swim, waterski, etc. on our lakes, so there are activities no matter what the season.

MSP probably has a bigger "lake culture" than any other big city, but whether or not we have the be-all, end-all best urban lake is up for debate....
Best "Lake Parks", maybe. They're over a century old and stand the test of time (never trendy or dull).
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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Is it a lake or an inlet? It looks like it connects with the sea.
It's a natural freshwater lake that was connected to Puget Sound when a boat canal and locks was built in the 20th Century--along with being connected to Lake Washington.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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Minneapolis and/or St. Paul probably have the most urban lakes. Whether they also have the best or not, I'm not sure about.
While there are some beautiful lakes in the Twin Cities, this is one I think Orlando runs away with. There are lakes everywhere throughout the metro.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Those aren't lakes in Orlando, they're gator infested swamps
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:31 PM
 
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While there are some beautiful lakes in the Twin Cities, this is one I think Orlando runs away with. There are lakes everywhere throughout the metro.
The one downtown is smaller, it looks...Besides, the benefits of the Chain of Lakes is that there are beautiful pathways and parkways that were built in the 1800's that give it a historic feel, something that Orlando probably doesn't emulate as well. Give Minneapolis credit where credit is due, and I'll learn more about Southern cities with an open mind.
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