Excelsior is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. Its population was 2,188 as of the 2010 census. As of 2018, its estimated population was 2,345. The community is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) southwest of downtown Minneapolis on the southern shore of Lake Minnetonka.
Streetcars were used in Excelsior until 1932, when the line was cut back to Hopkins.
A large ballroom called "Danceland" (later "Big Reggie's Danceland") stood across the street from Excelsior Amusement Park from the mid-1920s to 1973. Operated by Ray Colihan, it hosted performances by Lawrence Welk, Fred Waring, and the Andrews Sisters in the 1930s. These acts were followed by the Beach Boys, who performed at Danceland on May 3, 1963. Beach Boys singer Mike Love remembered the performance as a significant moment for the band in a 2019 interview. According to Love, people "were breaking the windows to get into [Danceland] because it was sold out... I said to one of my bandmates: ‘This must be like when Elvis was starting out.’” One year later on June 12, 1964, The Rolling Stones played at Danceland for an audience of 283.