Things to Do

Things To Do In Brainerd & Baxter MN

With so many things to do in Brainerd and the Brainerd Lakes Area there is no wonder it has long been considered Minnesota's Playground. Over 450 lakes in the area means that you can enjoy fishing, swimming, tubing, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, or just relaxing on a beach. See nature at its finest on one of our many scenic Minnesota bike trails. Hike or horseback ride through scenic state parks and forest land or take a birding tour with a local bird guide.

Brainerd offers some of the most acclaimed and challenging Minnesota golf courses and has been rated a top fifty world golf destination. Racing enthusiasts can enjoy two Minnesota raceways including North Central Speedway and the Brainerd International Raceway the largest speedway in the northern Midwest. This track serves up a wide variety of racing throughout the summer including the Lucas Oil Nationals where racing fans get a huge dose of top fuel dragsters.

The Brainerd area has recently added a few new things to do to its already impressive list. Check out Safari North Wildlife Park, take a cruise on Gull Lake with Destiny Cruises, enjoy three days of rock and country music at the Lakes Jam Music Fest, or enjoy one of our six craft breweries

The area is fastly becoming a international destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. The Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area 15 miles east of Brainerd has over 25 miles of mountain biking trails ranked at the Silver level by the International Mountain Biking Association. If paved bike trails are more your style the Brainerd area has the Mississippi River Trail,  Paul Bunyan trail, and hundreds of miles of scenic, low traffic,  smooth bike routes. 

Winter enthusiasts will also find many great Minnesota winter activities including snowmobiling our 1200 miles of groomed Minnesota snowmobiling trails, cross country skiing on one of our 16 groomed trails, or enjoy a relaxing afternoon of snowshoeing. Visitors can also take on Minnesota’s largest tubing hill, snow board or downhill skiing at Mount Ski Gull. When you're done exploring our many attractions, stay at one of our Brainerd Minnesota hotels or indoor water parks where you'll be rewarded with outstanding service and comfortable accommodations.