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Crowd of People at the Stars & Stripes Parade in Pequot Lakes

Celebrate Stars & Stripes Days in Pequot Lakes!

Celebrate Stars & Stripes Days in Pequot Lakes! Celebrate our nation’s independence on July 3rd & 4th in Pequot Lakes! You’ll find fun activities for the whole family: food vendors, bean bag tournament, kid’s activities, music, craft fair, parade, fireworks, and more! You won’t want to miss Minnesota’s BEST small town Fourth of July celebration. […]

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Aerial photo of Tri-Birches Resort showing a hsandy beach at the edge of a lake with large docks boats at the edge of a big woods at sunset on a summer day

Current Lodging Availability: Where to Stay in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Current Lodging Availability: Where to Stay in the Brainerd Lakes Area Lodging Availability from July 8, 2024 into August, 2024 By Explore Brainerd Lakes >> Updated July 8, 2024 Photo Courtesy Grand View Lodge Summer is here! Now’s a great time to plan a visit to the Brainerd Lakes. Need help finding lodging? You’re in

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Fall Break (MEA Weekend) Brainerd lakes Lodging Availability

Fall Break (MEA Weekend) Lodging Availability in the Brainerd Lakes Come Up North for fall fun! Looking for a quick family getaway during Minnesota’s fall break October 19-22?  You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, and hotels—so you can see what’s available to help ease your planning.  Brainerd

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Homeward Bound: Relocating to the Brainerd Lakes Area

Homeward Bound: Relocating to the Brainerd Lakes Area If after vacationing here you find yourself not wanting to say goodbye, consider relocating! We are much more than a summer vacation destination. The beautiful natural resources, connected communities, and strong businesses make the area an ideal place to live and play. Photo Courtesy Madden’s On Gull

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Lodging with Open Availability in Brainerd August 21–September 4

Brainerd Lakes Area Lodging with Open Availability August 21–September 4, 2023 Lodging Availability for Labor Day Weekend, 2023 Planning a visit to the Brainerd Lakes and are looking for lodging? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, hotels, and camping—so you can see what’s available when planning your

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Lodging with Open Availability in Brainerd August 1-20

Brainerd Lakes Area Lodging with Open Availability August, 2023 Lodging Availability for August 1-20, 2023 Planning a visit to the Brainerd Lakes and are looking for lodging? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, hotels, and camping—so you can see what’s available when planning your trip here. Brainerd

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Lodging with Open Availability in Brainerd July 10-31, 2023

Brainerd Lakes Area Lodging with Open Availability July, 2023 Lodging Availability for July 10-31, 2023 Planning a visit to the Brainerd Lakes and are looking for lodging? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, hotels, and camping—so you can see what’s available when planning your trip here. Brainerd

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Lodging with Availability During the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Lodging with Availability During the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Lodging Availability for August 17–20, 2023 The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals held at Brainerd International Raceway August 17–20 is one of the biggest weekends in racing where the top drag racers barrel down the drag strip at over 330 mph. Race fans from all over come

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Aerial photo of Quarterdeck Resort showing the large three story lodging building along the lakeshore, with a sandy beach and boat docks, and Gull Lake in the foreground and Forest in the Background on a warm sunny summer day

Lodging with Open Availability in Brainerd June 17 – July 8, 2023

Lodging with Open Availability in Brainerd June 17 – July 8, 2023 Lodging Availability for June 17 – July 8, 2023 Planning a visit to the Brainerd Lakes and are looking for lodging? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, hotels, and camping—so you can see what’s available

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4th of July Fireworks, Parades & Events in the Brainerd Lakes Area

4th of July Fireworks, Parades & Events in the Brainerd Lakes Area Check out our list of 4th of July fireworks, parades, and events in the Brainerd Lakes Area! Find events and activities all weekend long. Where to Watch Fireworks in the Brainerd Lakes Area WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2024 Nisswa Fireworks Show located downtown. Show

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Aerial photo of Heath's Resort showing a huge sandy beach at the edge of a lake with large docks boats and playground on a sunny day

Available Lodging in Brainerd MN June 10–17, 2023

Available Lodging in Brainerd, Minnesota June 10-17, 2023 Lodging Availability for June 10–17, 2023 Planning a visit to the Brainerd Lakes and are looking for lodging? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, hotels, and camping—so you can see what’s available when planning your trip here. Brainerd Area

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Northern Minnesota’s Quirkiest Festival: Bean Hole Days

Northern Minnesota’s Quirkiest Festival: Bean Hole Days Come and celebrate Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes on July 16-17, 2024! This one-of-a-kind event is rootin’ tootin’ good fun for the whole family! What is Bean Hole Days? Join in the historic event Bean Hole Days, which dates back to 1938. Business owners asked local farmers

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Available Lodging in Brainerd MN Memorial Day Weekend 2023

Available Lodging in Brainerd, MN During Memorial Day Weekend 2023 Lodging Availability for Memorial Day Weekend: May 22–May 28. Planning a visit to the Brainerd Lakes and looking for lodging? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered openings from lodging properties—resorts with cabins, vacation rental homes, hotels, and camping—so you can see what’s available when planning your

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Aerial photo of Maddens on Gull Lake on a summer day showing the vast golf courses with trees and walking paths with the large resort buildings and cabins in the distance and Gull Lake in the background

Brainerd Lakes Area Golf Course Opening Dates 2024

Brainerd Lakes Area Golf Course Opening Dates 2024 Photo Courtesy Whitefish Golf Club Ahhh…spring! It brings the return of golf! The Lakes Area is starting to buzz with excitement of the golf season. Maintenance crews are already busy prepping area golf courses, which means it’s time for you come to the Brainerd Lakes for a

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

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

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Crosslake St. Patrick's Day three middle aged women wearing green and smiling

Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration

2024 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Saturday, March 16, 2024 Crosslake, MN Event Information Parade at 2PM! Throwback to the 70’s – Green & Groovy For 50 years, Crosslake has been celebrating the coming of Spring with a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. What started out in the 70’s as a remedy for Cabin Fever, has

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Photo of the Gull Lake Cruises boat in lake on a summer day with Cragun's Resort in the background

Lake Cruisin’ with the Breezy Belle and Gull Lake Cruises

Lake Cruisin’ with the Breezy Belle and Gull Lake Cruises When you’re here, relaxing is the boat is usually a vacation highlight. But not everyone is comfortable navigating new waters or has experience driving a boat. That doesn’t mean you’re destined to be land-locked. The Breezy Belle on Pelican Lake and Gull Lake Cruises on

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List of Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Brainerd Lakes

Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Brainerd Lakes Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer in the Brainerd Lakes Area! Checkout our list of events happening across lake country. We wish all our visitors a fun and safe holiday weekend! Friday, May 27, 2022 Open House / Grand Opening It’s a WING DING

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