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10 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy During the MN Mask Order

1. Golfing

With more than 450 holes of golf set in dozens of distinctive Brainerd golf courses, the Lakes Area is renown for its concentration of top-rated golf courses within close proximity. Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arnold Palmer, Joel Goldstrand and Dye Designs are among the famous names who have had a hand in designing these outstanding courses. Several area courses have been nationally recognized by Golf Digest, Golfweek and Golf.

2. Hiking

Take advantage of all of the nature in the Brainerd Lakes Area with a walk or a hike on a local hiking trail. Many of the hiking/walking trails feature amenities such as benches and roadside stops. There are many paves hiking trails such as the famous Paul Bunyan Trail, as well as rustic hikes through the woods or near the lakes.

3. Biking

The Brainerd Bike Trail Maps page is your one stop information destination to discover all of the beautiful bike trails that Brainerd MN has to offer it's residents and visitors.

Thanks to our friends, the Paul Bunyan Cyclists, the Brainerd Maps Page offers a comprehensive listing of the Brainerd MN bike trails in downloadable PDF form, Interactive Google Maps and Google Earth Maps.

4. Boating

In the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Brainerd, MN is the central location for boating in Minnesota. With more than 500 MN lakes and rivers and the famous Mississippi River, the Brainerd area boasts beautiful lake scenery, plenty of fish, and everything that you need for a MN Lakes boating trip from boat rental to fishing guides! Brainerd is famous as the prime Minnesota Vacation and Resort location and offers many recreation options. Get on the water for a relaxing pontoon ride, a quiet fishing excursion, an exhilarating skiing or wakeboarding outing, or a simple cruise around the lake. Jetskis and waverunners are also a popular way to enjoy the water and are available for rental at many area locations.

5. Fishing

So, you're thinking about a Brainerd MN fishing vacation? Well, the Brainerd Lakes Area is a fisherman's dream. There are professional fishing guides available who know all of the great fishing spots or you could find a secluded spot of your very own. There is also a wide variety of Minnesota fishing resorts that offer lodging for fishing vacations whether it's for a weekend of family fishing, one with the guys (or girls), or a romantic weekend for two. Choose from hundreds of well-stocked lakes with a variety of fish including: Walleye, Crappie, Small-Mouth Bass, Large-Mouth Bass, Sunfish, Perch, Northern Pike, Muskie, and more. Whatever type of fish you're after, the Brainerd Lakes Area probably has it

6. Swimming

In the land of 10,000 lakes, you're sure to find a few good beaches! The Brainerd Lakes Area is home to several public beaches and most of them are free! Hitch up the boat and bring the family out for a day on the lake at any of the public boat launches that are featured at the Brainerd beaches.

Pack a picnic and take advantage of picnic tables, garbage receptacles, water fountains, and all of the other things that make the Brainerd beaches great. If you just feel like spending a day laying on the sand, that's great too! The Brainerd beaches offer large sand areas for relaxation and play and many of the beaches have lifeguards on duty to help you keep an extra eye out for your littlest family members.

7. ATV

Four wheeling is the best in the Brainerd Lakes Area with miles of ATV trails in the lakes country. Find information on Brainerd ATV trails, maps, and trail conditions. Need to rent an ATV? Check the summer rentals that are available in town. Keep on reading to find details on some of the Brainerd MN ATV trails.

Find information on Brainerd Lakes Area ATV Clubs.

8. Hunting

Hunting in Minnesota is a popular past time. The Brainerd Lakes area includes many hunting opportunities with a wide variety of game and areas to hunt them. Brainerd is famous as the prime Minnesota Vacation and Resort location and offers many recreation and lodging options for hunters. Hunting guides are also available for almost any type of hunting you enjoy.Hunting deer in Minnesota--more specifically, whitetail deer--is one of the most popular types of wild game hunted in the state. The whitetail deer population in the Brainerd Lakes area is healthy. Archery, firearm, and muzzleloader seasons are all available and each offers a different hunting experience.

9. Parks

The Brainerd Lakes Area parks are the best parks for fishing, hiking, hanging out with the family, and basically everything! Many of the Brainerd parks offer features such as event spaces and pavilions for weddings or family reunions, as well as RV camping if you have a weekend event. Fishing docks are available at most of the public parks, and boat launching can also be found at the park. Visit Lum Park in NE Brainerd to play Frisbee golf, or visit the Kiwanis Park in South Brainerd and walk the trails alongside the Mississippi River. The Brainerd Community Gardens and Buster's Dog Park are also found in Kiwanis Park.

10. Riding Stables

Visit a Brainerd MN horse riding stable and discover the joy of horseback riding in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Brainerd area riding stables are open throughout the year and even offer winter riding! Many of the riding stables offer other activities such as riding lessons, boarding, and petting zoos! Don't miss out on the chance to take a horse drawn sleigh ride this winter! Brainerd is famous as the prime Minnesota Vacation and Resort location and offers many recreation options.