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Brainerd

When it is time for a getaway, plan a trip to Brainerd.

This Central Minnesota location contains roughly 14,000 people.

St. Paul, the state capital, is about 110 miles southeast of Brainerd, and Pillager is 13 miles to the west.

Paul Bunyan Land and Nisswa Family Fun Center are lively and exciting attractions, offering quality entertainment for kids of all ages.

Take photos, enjoy the interpretive displays and find out about the animals and plants at the Pine Grove Zoo. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's favorite inhabitants.

Buckle up for some high-octane action at the North Central Speedway, the area's go-to racetrack for motorsports fans.

Pack a few snacks and take five in the peaceful, green surroundings of Charles A. Lindbergh State Park and Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. There's also plenty of space to lie around on the grass at Croft Mine Historical Park and Buffalo Hills Park.

Love birds? Pull out your binoculars and see which different species are hanging out at Bay Lake and Gull Lake. Couldn't see a thing? Head on over to Lake Ossawinnamakee and the Cuyana Mine Pits and try again.

You're sure to find lots of interesting artifacts and stories behind the doors of the diverse cultural institutions here. Among the best places to visit are the Minnesota Military Museum, the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Depot Museum.

One of the most photographed historic sites here is the This Old Farm. This atmospheric place offers visitors the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the region's past.

Grab some gifts or browse the local fashion pieces at MN Surf Co.

Want to practice your drive? Grab your clubs and hit the greens at The Vintage at Staples and the Deacon's Lodge Golf Course. If you can't keep out of the rough there, perhaps you should try the Cragun's Legacy Courses or the Classic at Madden's Golf Course.

If you're here when it dumps buckets of snow, there's no reason not to visit Mount Ski Gull. Even if you don't have an interest in skiing or snowboarding, there's plenty of other things to keep the family entertained.

If you're on the hunt for something more to do in Brainerd, head over to Crosslake Community Center.


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Days Inn & Suites Baxter Brainerd Area

Days Inn & Suites Baxter Brainerd Area

14466 Dellwood Drive, Baxter
4.1
of 5, from 187 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Baxter, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Northland Arboretum, Cuyana Mine Pits and Lake Ossawinnamakee. Brainerd International Raceway and Buffalo Hills Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£83
Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes

Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes

6967 Lake Forest Rd, Baxter
4.2
of 5, from 192 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Baxter hotel is located in the business district, 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Northland Arboretum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cuyana Mine Pits and Lake Ossawinnamakee. Cragun's Legacy Courses and Brainerd International Raceway are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£80
Baymont Inn & Suites Baxter/Brainerd Area

Baymont Inn & Suites Baxter/Brainerd Area

7208 Fairview Road, Baxter
4.4
of 5, from 172 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Baxter hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Northland Arboretum, Cuyana Mine Pits and Lake Ossawinnamakee. Buffalo Hills Park and North Central Speedway are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£42
Magnuson Hotel Nisswa

Magnuson Hotel Nisswa

24186 North Smiley Rd, Nisswa
3.2
of 5, from 238 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Nisswa, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Nisswa Family Fun Center and The Pines Golf Course. Nisswa City Park is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

Point Place

Point Place

9217 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point
4.4
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this condominium resort is within 12 miles (20 km) of Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf, Nisswa City Park and Nisswa Family Fun Center. The Pines Golf Course is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) away.

High Village

High Village

9233 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point
3.1
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Breezy Point, this condominium resort is within 12 miles (20 km) of Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf, Nisswa City Park and Nisswa Family Fun Center. The Pines Golf Course is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) away.

£74
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Baxter

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Baxter

15058 Dellwood Dr, Baxter
4.2
of 5, from 302 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Baxter, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Northland Arboretum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brainerd International Raceway and Cuyana Mine Pits. Lake Ossawinnamakee and Buffalo Hills Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£90
Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge

23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa
4.7
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Pines Golf Course and Nisswa Family Fun Center. Nisswa City Park is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

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