Located in central Minnesota’s lake country, and along the Mississippi River, the neighboring cities of Brainerd and Baxter 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 water parks 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. Local-218.com
2. Whipple Beach Park, Baxter, MN
Explore the public parks in the Cities of Brainerd and Baxter, MN, and enjoy green space, trails, beaches, playgrounds and more during your visit.
3. Whipple Beach Fishing Pier, Baxter, MN
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.
4. Arrowwood Lodge, 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. Safari North Wildlife Park
Find lots of family fun in Brainerd, from mini golf to go karts and amusement parks to zoos.
6. 5Rocks Distilling Co.
The craft beer and drink scene alone makes this worth the trip. There are six breweries, a distillery, cidery and winery within 20 miles of Brainerd.
7. You Betcha Mural
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 boldbackdrop is a must see.