Spring Break in the Brainerd Lakes Area 2017

With limited snow in the forecast this year and warm temperatures over the last couple weeks, a few of our winter activities are closed for the season, but there are still options for the whole family!

Spring is just around the corner, and we’ve put another Minnesota winter under our belts. If you’re like most Minnesotans, you’re ready to switch up seasons and get active after a winter of near hibernation. For your spring break, there’s no need to plan a cross-country trip, plan your staycation and visit the Brainerd Lakes Area this year. We’ve got plenty to offer!




Treat yourself to some coffee and shopping!


Some of our favorite area coffee shops include:


Coco Moon
Coco Moon is a locally owned and operated coffee bar. We feature a full menu with freshbrews and traditional espresso drinks as well as non-coffee drinks such as tea, smoothies, and Italian sodas. We also have a wide selection of pastries, including home-made muffins, cheesecake, scones, cookies, brownies, and much more.


Caribou Coffee

Two locations, one in Baxter and one in Brainerd



Location within walking distance to Comfort Inn and Suites.


Stonehouse Coffee
Now available in Riverwood Bank’s new location in Baxter, near Target!

Premium Fresh Roasted Coffee and delectable baked scones and other goods.




For shopping, check out local Brainerd and Baxter boutiques and home good stores. Some of our favorites are included below:


The Gallery of Brainerd
Guys and girls clothing from Roxy, Billabong, Quiksilver and Element only highlight this crafty interesting store. Also carrying: cd's, great greeting cards, unique gifts, jewelry, body jewelry, incense, frisbee golf discs, futons, water bed supplies and much more!

Olde Open Window
You're invited to step into our Cozy, Relaxing Atmosphere with a mix of Old, New & Locally Handmade Items for you & your home. Clothing & Accessories.


Ardor Boutique (New Location in Baxter!)
On trend and classic style Women's clothing. Fashion Jewelry and handmade jewelry from NY, Texas, and locally made Design by Nina Jewelry at both locations. Athletic and Plus sizes available in Baxter.

Among the Pines
Clothing & amazing jewelry. We strive to offer what others don't and won't. You can expect an honest opinion, you should always look and feel amazing.


Fashion Affection
Trendsetting clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Private shopping events for those with an affection for fashion!


Christmas Point

Ultimate shopping experience in the Brainerd Lakes Area! From boutique style clothing to designer boots and shoes, home good and premier furniture, shop their three levels today!


Morey’s Fish Market in Baxter 

A bit of a hidden gem when it comes to shopping, this location offers gourmet kitchen goods, including fun “Gull Lake” coffee mugs and other locally designed décor and home goods.


Brewery Tour


With four local breweries, the Brainerd Lakes Area is the ideal location to plan a brewery tour!


Big Axe Brewery
Big Axe Brewing is downtown Nisswa’s very own small batch craft brewery and taproom. Featuring a large variety of custom ales and fresh made sodas.


Roundhouse Brewery

Locally crafted beer in the heart of the Northern Pacific Center Brainerd, MN.


Jack Pine Brewery

Now brewing fresh beer for Baxter, Brainerd, and the surrounding communities. If you’re in the mood for beer with a kick, try their Vengeance brew!


Gull Dam Brewery

Not only does Gull Dam Brewery have clever t-shirts and delicious brews, but they often have live music and other entertainment like giant beer pong, cribbage boards and other board games, and plenty of room to mingle.


Fun for the Whole Family


Cragun’s Presents Laser Tag at the Holiday Inn Express in Baxter
Holiday Inn Express with a 30,000 sq ft Waterpark featuring body and tube slides, lazy river and activity pool. State of the art Laser Tag arena and games.


Arrowwood Lodge and Lazy River Water Park
Enjoy the Paul Bunyan themed water park. With a water slide, zero depth entry pool and a rope climbing challenge, every age can enjoy this water park.

Comfort Inn and Suites
This water park has a fun inside and outdoor waterpark, slides for every size of kiddo and a lazy river.


For the Kiddos


321 Bounce

If you have little ones with abounding energy, bring them in to 321 Bounce! A dream for any kid, this establishment features a full room of giant bounce houses, as well as a toddler area for those 3 and under. There are couches for parents to sit back and relax while watching their kiddos, and an impressive gumball machine that always seems to attract attention on the way out. 


Plan an Outdoor Adventure:


The lack of snow and warmer temps this year may have ended a few activities like downhill skiing and tubing (for now!), but you can still enjoy our many hiking trails and mountain biking trails


We recommend the trails at Fritz Loven park in Nisswa, as they wind around a babbling brook, with beautiful hill views. 


If you’re looking for fat biking trails, make sure you check out LifeCycle in Baxter and the Cuyuna Mountain Biking Trails, for year-round mountain biking opportunities. 


Make sure you check out our Hot Deals, as many area hotels are offering Spring Break getaway specials throughout the spring months, perfect for you and your family as you plan your Spring getaway to the Brainerd Lakes Area, an ideal family vacation destination.