Located in central Minnesota’s lake country, and along the Mississippi River, the neighboring cities of Baxter and Brainerd are the economic center of the Brainerd Lakes Area. The bustling community of Brainerd/Baxter is the retail-district, it’s where the hotels and waterparks are, and it’s where you’ll find great dining, shopping, and events. Visit the historic downtown or the public parks and beaches. If you’re looking for a destination that has everything you need and is only minutes from all the region has to offer—biking, fishing, golfing, and family fun—this is your stop. Choose your adventure in Minnesota’s Playground.
Scroll through the gallery below to find ideas for the perfect itinerary in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Tucked away in northeast Brainerd is The Local 218 restaurant. The menu is the perfect mix of casual comfort food and fine dining inside a contemporary atmosphere.
2. Public Parks
Explore the public parks in the Cities of Brainerd and Baxter, MN, and enjoy green space, trails, beaches, playgrounds and more during your visit.
Splash along the lake shore or cast a line in the Mississippi River at a public fishing pier. Pictured: Whipple Beach Park Fishing Pier, Baxter, MN.
From national chains to locally owned properties, there is something for everyone in one of nine hotel properties in the Cities of Brainerd and Baxter, MN. There is also a municipal RV park along the river. Pictured: Arrowwood Lodge of Brainerd Lakes
5. Family Fun
Find lots of family fun in the Brainerd Lakes area, from mini golf to go karts and amusement parks to zoos. Pictured: Northland Kart Kounty
6. Breweries and Distilleries
From Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter to 5Rocks Distilling in Brainerd the craft drink scene alone makes this worth the trip. There are five other breweries and a wine company within 30 miles of Baxter, MN. Pictured: Jack Pine Brewery
7. Photo Ops
Looking for that perfect social-worthy photo stop? This is it. Find the You Betcha mural in Downtown Brainerd. Designed by a local artist and painted by members of the community, this bright and bold backdrop is a must see.