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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 Bunyan Land

Photo Courtesy Paul Bunyan Land

When you’re in the Brainerd Lakes Area, visit Paul Bunyan Land—this iconic amusement park is just 8 miles east of Brainerd, MN (located on This Old Farm). Your kids will be in awe of the 26-foot tall talking Paul Bunyan who greets them by name, which has been a tradition since 1954. Although Paul Bunyan Land moved locations that many of us remember from our childhood, chances are you’ll feel a wave of nostalgia when seeing the Paul Bunyan and the amusement park, too. Paul Bunyan Land has 27 rides, a Pioneer Village, and a campground.