What to Expect When You Come to the Brainerd Lakes Area

What to Expect When You Come to the Brainerd Lakes Area

We’re here to welcome you when you’re ready to travel. With our abundant nature and pristine lakes, we have plenty of recreational activities perfect for small groups and social distancing. A change in scenery and a break from the noise is good for the soul.

You may wonder what’s open and what to expect when you get here. Businesses are reopening and your health and well-being are a top priority.

If you’re planning to visit Minnesota, masks will be required in all public spaces across the state. You can read the detailed policy in Executive Order 20-81. Thanks for masking up!

Lake Country Cares

Our community has rallied behind Lake Country Cares, which is a COVID-19 safety campaign to build trust among our residents, visitors, and local businesses. Businesses are adopting practical measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. You can help, too. Consider bringing a mask (some of our stores require them), be mindful of social distancing, and wash hands regularly.

This campaign is endorsed by all 3 of our local hospitals, the cities of Brainerd and Baxter, Crow Wing county, area businesses, and 5 local Chambers of Commerce.

 

Open for Business

Check Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan for the most up to date information on the state’s guidelines, including capacity limits.

If you have questions, email infostaff@explorebrainerdlakes.com or call us at 800-450-2838.

You’ll find availability at many of our lodging properties. You can spend time enjoying the sun and sand as resorts’ beaches are open. Pools and waterparks are open at 50% capacity. Campgrounds and their amenities are ready to welcome guests, too.

Restaurants are open! You’ll need to plan ahead as reservations are required. You can sit inside or outside, but there are capacity limits. Takeout and delivery are still options.

Retail shops—including boutiques and downtown shopping areas—are open at 50% capacity. You’ll be able to find the one-of-a-kind souvenir to remind you of your trip!

Golf was one of the first activities allowed to open. Lucky for us, we’re a top golf destination in the country.

If getting pampered is on your vacation bucket list, our salons and spas are open (with limits) and will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

Many of our family attractions are reopening. Paul Bunyan at Paul Bunyan Land is ready to start greeting visitors. You’ll also find mini golf, go carts, Brainerd Zip Line Tour, and Safari North Zoo are open.

Outdoor recreation is open! You can rent boats, bikes, and kayaks to hit the water for fishing or just for fun. Parks and trails are open for hiking, birding, biking. Guided fishing trips and boat charters are open. Boat landings are open. You can find more information on the Minnesota DNR website.

We’re here to welcome you when you’re ready to travel. With our abundant nature and pristine lakes, we have plenty of recreational activities perfect for small groups and social distancing. A change in scenery and a break from the noise is good for the soul.

You may wonder what’s open and what to expect when you get here. Businesses are reopening and your health and well-being are a top priority.

If you’re planning to visit Minnesota, masks will be required in all public spaces across the state. You can read the detailed policy in Executive Order 20-81. Thanks for masking up!

Lake Country Cares

Our community has rallied behind Lake Country Cares, which is a COVID-19 safety campaign to build trust among our residents, visitors, and local businesses. Businesses are adopting practical measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. You can help, too. Consider bringing a mask (some of our stores require them), be mindful of social distancing, and wash hands regularly.

This campaign is endorsed by all 3 of our local hospitals, the cities of Brainerd and Baxter, Crow Wing county, area businesses, and 5 local Chambers of Commerce.

Open for Business

Check Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan for the most up to date information on the state’s guidelines, including capacity limits.

If you have questions, email infostaff@explorebrainerdlakes.com or call us at 800-450-2838.

You’ll find availability at many of our lodging properties. You can spend time enjoying the sun and sand as resorts’ beaches are open. Pools and waterparks are open at 50% capacity. Campgrounds and their amenities are ready to welcome guests, too.

Restaurants are open! You’ll need to plan ahead as reservations are required. You can sit inside or outside, but there are capacity limits. Takeout and delivery are still options.

Retail shops—including boutiques and downtown shopping areas—are open at 50% capacity. You’ll be able to find the one-of-a-kind souvenir to remind you of your trip!

Golf was one of the first activities allowed to open. Lucky for us, we’re a top golf destination in the country.

If getting pampered is on your vacation bucket list, our salons and spas are open (with limits) and will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

Many of our family attractions are reopening. Paul Bunyan at Paul Bunyan Land is ready to start greeting visitors. You’ll also find mini golf, go carts, Brainerd Zip Line Tour, and Safari North Zoo are open.

Outdoor recreation is open! You can rent boats, bikes, and kayaks to hit the water for fishing or just for fun. Parks and trails are open for hiking, birding, biking. Guided fishing trips and boat charters are open. Boat landings are open. You can find more information on the Minnesota DNR website.

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.

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Brainerd Waterparks offer indoor liquid fun as temps drop

Waterparks! With the Thanksgiving holiday fast-approaching, you may be thinking of changing up your family traditions. Spend the holiday at one of our lodging properties. We have three hotels with indoor waterparks. You’ll find waterslides that zig and zag, looping lazy rivers, relaxing hot tubs, and exciting water jungle gyms […]
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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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