Explore Brainerd Lakes & Meet Paul Bunyan – Brainerd, MN

Jul 24, 2020 | events/locations

Explore Brainerd Lakes and discover why this central Minnesota region meets all your vacation needs. Whether you are looking for adventure or looking for relaxation, you will discover endless options year-round in the lakes country. World-class golfing, fishing and boating, biking, snowmobiling, shopping – even bird watching or kayaking – are just some of the reasons people choose to visit the Brainerd Lakes Area. The region is an outdoor paradise, boasting more than 500 lakes and rivers as well as beautiful parks and forests. Throughout the seasons, you will find reasons – such as the festivals, the outdoor experiences, shopping for unique gifts, the breathtaking environment – to love it here. Discover why There is More to Explore™ in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota’s premier vacation destination.
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!

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:

Resorts, hotels, and campgrounds
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.

Salons and Spas
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.

Family Attractions
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
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.

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

And remember…Paul Bunyan loves visitors! Stop in the Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center to meet, say ‘hi’, take a pic with Paul and learn the lore!





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