What to do and see in Brainerd, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 15, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Brainerd in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Hiking Trails. Discover best things to do in Brainerd with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Brainerd

1. Paul Bunyan State Trail

Brainerd, MN
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Paul Bunyan State Trail

Fifty miles of trails to bike, hike, rollerblade and snow-mobile, depending on the season.

Reviewed By Jason T

I grew up in the area, less than a mile from this trail, I can still remember when it was a railroad track and the trains would roar past in the middle of the night. When it was paves and converted to a bike trail my friends and I rode it 100's of times. I still take my young daughter riding the trail when we visit my folks.

2. Brainerd Zip Line Tour

9898 County Road 77 SW, Nisswa, MN 56468
Excellent
99%
Good
1%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 124 reviews

Brainerd Zip Line Tour

Brainerd Zip Line Tour is a guided 2 and 1/2 hour experience including seven zip lines, one suspension bridge, and an optional 50' free fall experience. See the Brainerd Lakes area like never before!

Reviewed By Maria G - Dunwoody, Georgia

The Brainerd Zip Line tour was great fun for our group of 5 teenage cousins some of which had never zip lined. It was extra safe with a body harness. The free fall at the end gave everyone bragging rights.Thanks Maria! Enjoy your bragging rights!

3. Jack Pine Brewery

7942 College Rd, Ste 115, Baxter, MN 56425-8634 +1 218-270-8072
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Jack Pine Brewery

Reviewed By Tim M - Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

Stopped here at the end of our day before going out to dinner. Beer was good. Big place. There were a couple of meetings going on. Bartenders were not as friendly as the other breweries we went to. Had 1 beer and left. Beautiful place though.

4. Ernies On Gull

10424 Squaw Point Rd, East Gull Lake, MN 56401-3099 +1 218-829-3918
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Ernies On Gull

Reviewed By HCP237 - Kenyon, Minnesota

Upon recommendation from my brother we decided to try Ernies. I'm sure glad we did! We went for an evening dinner and were seated on the patio right next to the lake! What a beautiful setting! The food was great as well. I had the philly steak sandwich - the best ever! We liked it so much we came back the next day for lunch. Just as good! We will definitely be back.

5. Three Bear Waterpark & Craguns Laser Tag

15739 Audubon Way, Baxter, MN 56401-6959 +1 218-824-3232
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Three Bear Waterpark & Craguns Laser Tag

Three Bear Waterpark and Craguns Laser Tag is a great place for families to have fun in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Our 30,000 square foot Waterpark has body and tube slides, lazy river, activity pool, hot tubs, and a 1,000 gallon splash bucket. Our state of the art Laser Tag arena will get your heart racing as you battle friends and try to defend your base. Have fun in our 2 arcade game rooms.

Reviewed By Jeff O

There are never clean towles.

When attendants are paying attention they do a good job, but the kids water slide only had someone there 50% of the time.

They allow people to swim, stand and wrestle in the lazy river. Makes it very difficult to be lazy or relaxing at all.

Not enough tubes. Getting a tube was like winning the lottery and they were not eilven all that busy.

Food was alright and prices were in line with what was expected.

Also open tables are hard to find, and tables in general seem to be an afterthought and are placed in the walk ways.

However water temp was perfect and temp inside was nice.

The kids had fun, and with a little more effort this place could be great.

Next time we might try another place, but would return here.

6. Destiny Cruises

10424 Squaw Point Rd, East Gull Lake, MN 56401-3099
Excellent
55%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Destiny Cruises

Destiny Cruises LLC offers Day and Evening Public Cruises & Private Charters on scenic Gull Lake near Brainerd, MN. Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Weddings, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Family Events, Reunions, & more. Book your Escape on Gull Lake today! Destiny Cruises' luxury yacht, the North Star, docks and departs from Ernie's on Gull Lake.

Reviewed By MeadowbrookMN - Vermillion, Minnesota

We were looking for a way to see Gull Lake and are not boaters ourselves. Destiny Cruise was a great find! I booked on Friday before our Monday cruise. I didn't receive an email confirmation, but called Monday morning to make sure we were registered (which we were). When we go to Ernie's (where the website says it's located), the hostess told us that the dock was actually on the other side of the road. A sign pointing towards the dock would be nice (I'm sure there have been others that stopped in at Ernie's and needed to be redirected). After finding the dock, we were there about 25 minutes early. The website says boarding is 30 minutes prior, but a sign on the dock said 15 minutes. Not a big deal, since we then were early and not late. The cruising group was small, so we had plenty of space/snacks/drinks/attention. We all sat on the upper deck; it was a hot and humid day, but on the lake it was comfortable. The people in my party have some ambulatory difficulties, but they took it slow up the stairs and did fine. The crew was helpful and courteous. I didn't look at the downstairs or use the restrooms. Captain Jay was very knowledgeable about historical places along the shore. We cruised a few weeks after a big storm, so we saw a lot of the damage and Captain Jay explained how the shoreline had changed. He pointed out several homes of famous people, and also the big resorts. Craig(?) was also very knowledgeable and friendly. I was given the opportunity to steer for part of the cruise, which was extremely fun! Our bartender was great! We would definitely go back on a Destiny Cruise!

7. Gull Dam Brewing

23836 Smiley Rd, Nisswa, MN 56468-2431
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Gull Dam Brewing

Reviewed By TryppAdams - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This was another stop on our weekend taproom tour of taprooms in lake country. Do yourself a favor and just keep on going up to big axe. It's a big space and perhaps a happening spot in the summer but in the winter, it was a little lackluster. They offer a flight of 8 that they had on tap but we asked for a smaller version and got a flight of 4. The price is reasonable, 4 samples for $8 but the size of the flight pours is probably 2ounces...maybe 3oz. They were tiny and hardly offer a chance to really taste the beer, which ended up being ok... With so many options, I'm not sure this one is worth your time.

8. Roundhouse Brewery

1551 Northern Pacific Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401-2687 +1 218-454-2739
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Roundhouse Brewery

Reviewed By Tim M - Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

We stopped in here twice on our trip. The first time we were the only people in the whole place. It was Tuesday after Labor Day so that's probably why. Had a flight and a beer and talked to the bartenders for over an hour. We went back on our last day to get a growler to take home. It was busy the 2nd time. Nice seating area outside and lots of room inside. Loved it!

9. Gull Lake

8001 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401 +1 800-642-5363
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Gull Lake

Fifteen-mile long lake whose surrounding area is connected to various restaurants and accommodations.

Reviewed By Familyof5Summer2016 - Blaine, Minnesota

We rented a pontoon for our extended family and had a great time. Also, it was fun to fish off the dock and our kids had fun going tubing on Gull Lake!

10. Brainerd International Raceway

5523 Birchdale Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401-6848 +1 218-824-7220
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Brainerd International Raceway

Reviewed By paulimib - Saskatoon, Canada

Had an amazing time at the NHRA drags, helpful event staff and volunteers. Too bad trying to leave Sunday was over an hour just sitting in the car watching staff and volunteers leave through their own gate. I would suggest that they stay to direct traffic until the people that paid to be there are on the move.

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