- Our list of the best things to do in Brainerd, Minnesota, features the top 32 nearby activities — including 8 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Brainerd, MN has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Sports & Fitness, Amusement, Water Activities, and Outdoor Places.
- The results below include the top 22 things to do within the city of Brainerd, MN , followed by 11 popular activities in nearby cities, including Nisswa and Breezy Point
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Pirate's Cove Mini Golf is a miniature golf course with a pirate theme. It features two 18-hole courses, complete with pirate facts on each hole, pirate decor, and walks inside a mountain cave and onto a pirate ship.
The golf course at Classic at Madden's was designed by Scott Hoffman. This scenic, difficult champsionship-level course is easy to walk and affords beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness. Classic at Madden's also features a cozy lodge and tranquil day spa.
Beautiful Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota spans over 9947 feet. It is popular among anglers, who visit the lake to catch Largemouth Bass, Dogfish, Crappie, Sunfish, Common Carp, Walleye, Bullhead and many other species.
Fishing enthusiasts come to Lake Mille Lacs in Brainerd, Minnesota for world-class walleye fishing. Spanning over 132,516 acres, Lake Mille Lacs is also a popular destination for kayaking, hiking, photography, picnics, jogging and other outoor activities.
The hauntingly beautiful Northland Arboretum is situated in Brainerd, Minnesota. The Arboretum is dedicated to nature conservation, appreciation and education. Visitors enjoy nature photography, wildlife observation, hiking, mountain biking and educational seminars.
Covering 23 acres and with more than 40 attractions and rides, the Paul Bunyan Center also has a pioneer village, with exhibits from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, depicting the life in Minnesota during that period of time.
Named after the legendary giant woodsman, Paul Bunyanland is an amusement park with a theme that combines tall tales with pioneer America. The park features a variety of displays and exhibits, as well as a petting barn, playground, and games.