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Things to do in Brainerd Lakes Country

How many times have you heard this refrain from the kids or grandkids.  I'm bored, there's nothing to do?  You had best pack up the gang and bring them to Brainerd Lakes Country.  We have more to do than can possibly be accomplished in a year and it just keeps getting better. We are known for our pristine lakes, green forests and fishing, but did you know there is much more?  Following are some of the other adventures to be experienced in Brainerd Lakes Country.

From mid-June to mid-August bring those kids to downtown Nisswa for the famous turtle races.  They occur every Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. sharp, rain or shine.  While the tykes are racing, get in a little shopping at the many unique gift shops in Nisswa.


Another great summertime opportunity for the kids can be found at the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center located at 17553 State Highway 18, between Garrison and Brainerd. They can enjoy rides, an authentic logging camp and a haunted house.  Visit their corn maze in the fall and learn a little area history.  They also sport a nice gift shop.

While in the Brainerd Lakes area take the kids to see Minnesota’s deepest lake, the Portsmouth mine lake, created after iron mining operations ceased on the historic Cuyuna Iron Range.  Just north of Crosby on Highway 6 there is a wonderful scenic overlook.  Also, the Portsmouth pit lake affords great opportunities for trout fishing. 

While in the Crosby area visit the numerous antique shops that dot the entire downtown.  During summer months be sure to visit the Croft Mine Historical Park on the north edge of Crosby.  Take an underground mine tour and learn some mining history.  Also, in the interpretive center see the one ton copper nugget discovered during mining operations in the area.  Are there mountains in north central Minnesota?  Not that we know of, but just northwest of Ironton there is a scenic overlook that is perched  on top of a mine pile large enough to be a mountain.  Take in a breathtaking view as you see a blue-green world for miles upon miles in all directions. Also, all of the mine pit lakes in the Cuyuna Iron Range are crystal clear and provide the best opportunity in Minnesota outside of Lake Superior for scuba diving enthusiasts.

Ice fishing is huge in the Brainerd Lakes Country.  Every year the Brainerd Jaycees hold their fishing extravaganza on Gull Lake.  Up to 10,000 people are entered.  This year’s $150,000 extravaganza will be held on Saturday, January 26th, 2008 from noon until 3:00 p.m.  Be sure to contact the Brainerd Jaycees for information and bring the kids for a great experience.  You might also win one of many prizes.

For the teens who enjoy a little faster pace, be sure and pay a visit to the Brainerd International Raceway.  In addition to world class drag racing in the summer it sports snowcross  racing, car racing on ice and an annual cross country snowmobile race. They also offer excellent camping opportunities.

Of course our two world class multi-use trails offer opportunities for a family outing of biking, in-line skating or simply a hike.  The Paul Bunyan Trail is  paved and runs from Brainerd for many miles to Walker.  The other hard surfaced trail winds its way around several of Minnesota’s newest lakes created when mining operations ceased in the Cuyuna Iron Range on the north edge of Crosby. No matter which one you choose you are bound to see a white tailed deer or a bald eagle, hear the call of the loon or just enjoy the north woods ambience in our beautiful forests.

If you prefer snowmobiling we have mile upon mile of designated trails winding through some of the most beautiful areas you will ever see. There are also many opportunities for cross country skiing.

Once the kids are tucked in to bed and the sandman has paid his visit, it’s time for the adults to head to Grand Casino Mille Lacs where you can enjoy some tasty food and great entertainment.  Who knows, you might even win a jackpot or two.  Lake Mille Lacs  is also Minnesota’s premier walleye factory, so pack in that fishing gear.

There is so much more to see and do in the Brainerd Lakes area than already described here, whether it be fishing, hunting, rock hounding, or star gazing under crystal clear skies free from city lights.  We have fantastic resorts, hotels and campgrounds and so much more, so be sure to bring the kids and stay for awhile or come for a life time.  Which ever you choose we have it all in Brainerd Lakes Country where there is always “something to do”.

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