Welcome to the Brainerd Lakes Area

Get Lost in the Adventure

Welcome to the Brainerd Lakes Area

Get Lost in the Adventure

A Kind Message to Seasonal Residents

A Kind Message to Seasonal Residents

Nestled in the center of Minnesota, you’ll find us easy to get to but hard to leave. With small-town charm and set along some of the most popular lakes in Minnesota, we’re the quintessential lake destination. Here, you’ll feel no pressure to meet deadlines or demands. It’s a place to get lost in the moment and find yourself in the present. The best part? Relaxing around a campfire, reminiscing about a day well-spent, and knowing we’re never too far away to do it all again.

We understand that you may wish to have a change of scenery during Minnesota’s stay-at-home period that currently extends from March 27 to April 10. Although there are many strong opinions, please know that we are neither encouraging nor discouraging people to shelter in our communities.

It’s a decision you should make based on your own family’s situation and comfort level. Some supplies may be limited (so plan ahead), but you’ll find that many restaurants and other businesses are still open in some capacity. Visit lakesproud.com for more details.

Since travel isn’t prohibited, we urge you to carefully consider these decisions and abide by all government orders, hygiene and distancing recommendations to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Arts, Culture & Music

Experience Big City Vibes with Small Town Culture

Biking

Visit Minnesota’s Top Biking Destination

Family Attractions

Creating Family Memories for over 90 years

Fishing & Hunting

Big Stories Are the Catch of the Day

Food & Drinks

Make Your Tastebuds Sing

Golfing

A Golf Destination You Won’t FORE Get

Lakes & Water

Discover Why We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lodging & Camping

We’ll Have You Sleeping Like a Baby

Racing

Calling all Race Fans: Get Revved Up

Shopping

Find the Unexpected

Spas & Relaxation

A Little R&R Has Never Been Easier to Reach…

The Outdoors

Get Lost So Your To-Do Lists Can’t Find You

Arts, Culture & Music

Experience Big City Vibes with Small Town Culture

Biking

Visit Minnesota’s Top Biking Destination

Family Attractions

Creating Family Memories for over 90 years

Fishing & Hunting

Big Stories Are the Catch of the Day

Food & Drinks

Make Your Tastebuds Sing

Golfing

A Golf Destination You Won’t FORE Get

Lakes & Water

Discover Why We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lodging & Camping

We’ll Have You Sleeping Like a Baby

Racing

Calling all Race Fans: Get Revved Up

Shopping

Find the Unexpected

Spas & Relaxation

A Little R&R Has Never Been Easier to Reach…

The Outdoors

Get Lost So Your To-Do Lists Can’t Find You

Arts, Culture & Music

Experience Big City Vibes with Small Town Culture

Biking

Visit Minnesota’s Top Biking Destination

Family Attractions

Creating Family Memories for over 90 years

Fishing & Hunting

Big Stories Are the Catch of the Day

Food & Drinks

Make Your Tastebuds Sing

Golfing

A Golf Destination You Won’t FORE Get

Lakes & Water

Discover Why We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lodging & Camping

We’ll Have You Sleeping Like a Baby

Racing

Calling all Race Fans: Get Revved Up

Shopping

Find the Unexpected

Spas & Relaxation

A Little R&R Has Never Been Easier to Reach…

The Outdoors

Get Lost So Your To-Do Lists Can’t Find You

Your Guide to the Brainerd Lakes

Explore Brainerd Lakes like a local and find all the area hot spots. Discover our resorts, dining, recreation, and things to do. This guide will help you make the most of your vacation.

Your Guide to the Brainerd Lakes

Explore Brainerd Lakes like a local and find all the area hot spots. Discover our resorts, dining, recreation, and things to do. This guide will help you make the most of your vacation.

Your Guide to the Brainerd Lakes

Explore Brainerd Lakes like a local and find all the area hot spots. Discover our resorts, dining, recreation, and things to do. This guide will help you make the most of your vacation.

From the Explore Brainerd Lakes Blog
April 6, 2020

Wait…don’t cancel your summer travel plans

  Wait…don’t cancel your summer travel plans    With the spring sunshine, longer daylight, and quarantine, you’re probably getting cabin fever more than ever before. This is the time of year that many of us start dreaming of the beloved Minnesota summer. You might already have travel plans booked at […]
August 28, 2019

Summer Love at Bay View Lodge

  For many Minnesotans, heading Up North is a way of life—a tradition carried down from generation to generation. Year after year, families from all over Minnesota travel to their favorite resort or family cabin to make memories. It’s so engrained in us that Up North is more than a […]
July 10, 2019

32 Things to Do in the Brainerd Lakes Area on Your Summer Vacation

  If you’re planning a vacation to the Brainerd area and you’re looking for attractions, events, and outdoor recreation, this list is for you. You’ll find so much to do here, you’ll need to plan a return trip just to fit it all in.   Area Attractions   1) Paul […]
April 6, 2020

Wait…don’t cancel your summer travel plans

  Wait…don’t cancel your summer travel plans    With the spring sunshine, longer daylight, and quarantine, you’re probably getting cabin fever more than ever before. This is the time of year that many of us start dreaming of the beloved Minnesota summer. You might already have travel plans booked at […]
Events in the Brainerd Lakes

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. Make these popular events a family tradition.

Events in the Brainerd Lakes

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. Make these popular events a family tradition.

Events in the Brainerd Lakes

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. Make these popular events a family tradition.

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