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Brainerd: Minnesota's Playground

Posted by Jon Kreye on
Brainerd: Minnesota's Playground
Photography by: Aimee Jobe Photography 

Situated on the Mississippi River and in the heart of Central Minnesota lies the Brainerd Lakes Area. The bustling community of Brainerd/Baxter, nestled among the pines, has something for everyone. If you want to be in a place that has everything you need and is only minutes from the lakes, this is your stop. From here, you can choose any adventure to enjoy in Minnesota’s Playground.

Founded in 1870 as a Northern Pacific Railroad town, the city has a rich history to explore, a dynamic downtown with arts, shopping, dining and entertainment options, and beautiful parks and trails to be enjoyed.

Things to Do  

Brainerd is an excellent family vacation destination. In addition to outdoor adventures, it offers amusement parks, go-kart tracks, mini golf, public beaches, a wildlife park, a zip line tour and three waterparks.

Safari North Wildlife Park

Northland Kart Kountry

Brainerd Zip Line Tour 

Whipple Beach

Places to Stay  

Stay here and easily explore the region while enjoying the modern amenities of a hotel and access to excellent dining, shopping and services. 

Arrowwood Lodge

Eat & Drink  

Whether indoor, outdoor or carry-out, Brainerd/Baxter has endless food options and watering holes, so you can’t go wrong. 

5rocks Distilling Co.

The Local 218

Baxter’s Bar & Grill  

Ernie’s on Gull 

Jack Pine Brewery 



Plan Your Trip: VisitBrainerd.com

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Read more of our stories in Issue 20 of Lake and Company.

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