Brainerd is a place where it is easy to explore new, local hangouts, outdoor adventures and lakeside lounging. If you are planning a visit to Brainerd or Baxter here is a list of new experiences that you can enjoy! 

Brainerd Ski Loons

Brainerd Ski Loons Exhibition Shows – The Brainerd Ski Loons are bringing their talents to Ruttger’s Resort for a series of Exhibition shows this summer! These free, family friendly water ski shows will be held Thursday, June 23 at 7pm, Thursday, July 21 at 7pm or on Thursday, August 18 at 7pm. 


Brainerd Splash Pad – Located at Memorial Park on Mill Avenue in Brainerd, The Brainerd Splash Pad is officially open! A rock, flower, large tree branch, and frog are among the nature-themed elements shooting out water. Families can enjoy the splash pad every day through Labor Day, from 10am to 7pm, weather permitting.

Copper Cat Escape Lounge

Copper Cat Escape Room – This exciting new escape room experience is now open in Downtown Brainerd! This escape room is an immersive, real life adventure game. Your group of adventurers can discover clues, solve puzzles, and complete the objectives in a limited amount of time. Copper Cat’s first escape room “Granny’s Recipe Rescue” is now open, and two more rooms are in the works to open soon! Bring your family or a group of friends and experience it for yourself! To make reservations for you and your group, visit their website. 

Gravel Pit Golf Course – The newest golf experience Brainerd, MN. This golf course features 13 classically designed holes, blanketed in fescue with a feel of traditional links golf. See water features and stunning views as you meander through the green hills and valleys. This extreme putting course will give you the chance to settle the score or spend quality time outside! 

Pop-Up North – Located just off highway 371 in Baxter, this is the perfect venue for collective vendor pop-up markets. Pop-Up North has so many unique offerings! Brands and vendors can open a temporary storefront and share their products with new audiences. You can also rent venue space for your events, workshops, or meetings along with a space for your next photography project. 

Ultimate Golf Carts – Found right off highway 371 in Baxter, MN Ultimate Golf Carts provides quality used and custom golf carts and accessories along with golf cart rentals. Looking to rent a golf cart for an upcoming wedding, family reunion, concert, or sporting event? Browse their website for many golf cart options to choose from. 

VR Action World at Northland Kart Kountry – Experience the graphics of virtual reality paired with realistic simulation. Enjoy ten different simulators and hundreds of games and challenges. Unique to VR Action World in Brainerd is that the VR platforms offer advanced technology through movement, sounds and angled motion. Take a seat and feel the dynamic moving platform while being immersed in

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Visit our Things to Do page for more ideas on what to experience in the Brainerd and Baxter areas.