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Retirement Living In Wayzata - Minnesota

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Area Description

Wayzata is a city on Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, a western suburb of Minneapolis. The name Wayzata is derived from a Lakota Sioux phrase meaning "North Shore". As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,688. Visitors enjoy all the luxuries of lake living in a small community. Restaurants range from causal dining to an elegant evening by the lake. Retailers make up a large portion of Lake Street where you can find unique gifts for the whole family.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Wayzata’s summer leisure activities focus primarily on water—sailing, boating and water-skiing. In winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. The city prides itself on its beautiful gardens along the lake front.

Here are Wayzata's top 10 things to do:
10. Gather the family and head to Wayzata Beach for a day of fun in the sun!

9. Enjoy the magic of Lake Minnetonka as you ride on the restored 1906 Steamboat Minnehaha or one of the many charter boats.

8. Visit the Wayzata Depot Museum and view the amazing garden railroad display.

7. Stop by the Wayzata Library, where you’ll enjoy one of the great views of Lake Minnetonka and fun activities for kids.

6. Classic wintertime fun! Cross country ski by moonlight on the Lake or head to Klapprich Park for skating and sledding.

5. Bike, blade, run or walk the Dakota Rail Trail after a fun picnic in Shaver Park.

4. Load up the boat and hit the Lake! Go tubing, fishing, swimming and more before swinging into one of Wayzata’s public docks for lakeside dining.

3. Stop at one of many spots to enjoy a coffee or a delectable treat after a relaxing stroll with friends.

2. Experience the food, fun and activities of Wayzata’s Community Events including -the Chilly Open, Wayzata Art Experience, Summer Concert Series, Boo Blast and James J. Hill Days.

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1. Shop, eat and enjoy more than 150 unique retail shops and an eclectic assortment of dining establishments that range from casual to elegant.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Wayzata, Minnesota?

For those of you that retire in Wayzata, you will have colder temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 10's and highs in the mid 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 0's. You may have some days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Wayzata such as a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Wayzata is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Wayzata, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  5  14  23
 Feb  10  19  28
 Mar  22  31  40
 Apr  36  47  57
 May  48  59  69
 Jun  58  68  78
 Jul  63  73  83
 Aug  61  71  80
 Sep  52  61  71
 Oct  39  48  58
 Nov  26  33  40
 Dec  11  19  26

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  31  12
 Feb  0  27  6
 Mar  0  25  1
 Apr  0  10  0
 May  1  1  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  3  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  7  0
 Nov  0  23  0
 Dec  0  30  7

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  8  9 %
 Feb  1 "  6  13 %
 Mar  2 "  8  22 %
 Apr  3 "  9  32 %
 May  4 "  12  44 %
 Jun  4 "  12  55 %
 Jul  4 "  10  61 %
 Aug  4 "  9  60 %
 Sep  4 "  9  52 %
 Oct  3 "  9  38 %
 Nov  2 "  7  26 %
 Dec  1 "  9  14 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  10 "  27  8
 Feb  9 "  24  6
 Mar  10 "  15  5
 Apr  3 "  1  2
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  1 "  0  1
 Nov  7 "  7  4
 Dec  12 "  21  8

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Cost of Living for Wayzata, MN

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Senior Assistance in Wayzata, MN

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What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Wayzata Offer For Retirees?

Wayzata is home to many corporate offices that vary from insurance and banking to design and dining.

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