Welcome to the Excelsior Streetcar Line! Relive the days when the streetcar carried Twin Citians to spend the day at the lake.
Enjoy a trolley trip along a half-mile of track built on the former right-of-way of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. The car makes a stop at our carbarn so passengers can viewa photo gallery of hotels, trains, paddlewheel boats and landmarks from the 1800s and see work in progress on a streetcar restoration. Learn more about the ride on our FAQ page.
After your trip back in time, stop at the old rail station and see the Lake Minnetonka Historical Society displays. Then take a stroll along Water Street and visit the many unique shops, grab an ice cream cone, or have a casual meal. Before you know it, you’re standing on the shore of Lake Minnetonka watching sail boats and power yachts — maybe you’ll catch sight of the streetcar era steamboat, Minnehaha.
The Excelsior Streetcar Line is located in west-suburban Excelsior, about fifteen miles west of downtown Minneapolis. Take Highway 7, accessible from Interstate 494, west past the Excelsior exit to County Road 19. Turn right at County Road 19 and right again at the first stop light, Water Street. The Excelsior Streetcar Line’s station is located between 3rd and George Streets on the right. There is free on-street parking. Board adjacent to the Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka Historical Society’s museum. You can also board at Old Excelsior Road just to the west of the intersection of Old Excelsior and Minnetonka Boulevard.
The streetcars of the Como-Harriet and Excelsior Streetcar Lines are not wheelchair accessible. As historic vehicles that could not be made wheelchair accessible without damaging their historic integrity, they are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our crews are available to assist passengers with disabilities in boarding our streetcars to the extent possible.
Persons with other disabilities are encouraged to call in advance of their visit with questions about accessibility.