In addition to this website, Visit Brainerd operates a phone center staffed by destination service specialists weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Standard Time. Our destination service specialists provide personalized travel assistance as well as a variety of materials to make travel planning easier.

A variety of free travel brochures are available to assist with travel planning and vacation choices.


You may contact our office via email anytime to get questions answered. We also have a monthly e-newsletter that will be sent to your in-box with travel ideas, news on events and attractions, lodging deals and more. Sign up today to have travel ideas delivered to your inbox.


Visit Brainerd
214 South 7th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401


Visit Brainerd does not staff a visitor’s center; we do have materials available at our office which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. should you make your way to us. We are located in the lower level of the Blackridge Bank on Washington St. in Baxter.

The Northland Arboretum is a member-supported, non-profit organization located in the heart of Baxter and Brainerd behind the Westgate Mall. It is 500 acres of native grasses and plants, a Norway Pine Plantation, and a Jack Pine Savanna; it has several walking, hiking and cross-country skiing trails; it is host to a number and variety of events; and it has a number of other on-site amenities, meeting and event spaces. It also has a visitor’s center which has brochures and a gift shop; it is open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on weekends.

Northland Arboretum Visitors Center
14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

There are welcome/visitor’s centers across the region staffed by the area Chambers of Commerce. They will have an excellent cross-section of brochures from their members and staff to answer questions. Hours vary and we encourage you to call ahead to confirm they are open.

Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center (10 miles south of Baxter/Brainerd on Hwy. 371)
7393 State Highway 371, Brainerd, MN 56401

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce Office (15 miles east of Baxter/Brainerd on Hwy. 210)
117 W Main St, Crosby, MN 56441

Nisswa Chamber (15 miles north of Baxter/Brainerd on Hwy. 371)
25532 Main Street, Nisswa, MN 56468


Visit Brainerd offers a special section on this website to help professionals in planning group visits.


From biking trips on the Paul Bunyan Trail to dynamic arts, culture and food experience, Baxter and Brainerd are full of unique vacation opportunities for every kind of traveler. Discover the beauty of the region in the natural environment of the Northland Arboretum, attend an art exhibit at The Crossing Arts Alliance, plan a family reunion, paddle the Mississippi River, or go jump in a lake—whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Our blog is the central hub for what’s new, what’s happening and what you have to do when you visit. You’ll also find news from across our community and outdoor reports for fishing, birding and trail conditions.

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Partners from across the Brainerd Lakes area advertise specials and discounts on lodging packages, event tickets, attractions and activities. Search for current offers on the Deals page, or sign up for weekly deal updates via email.


A series of free travel brochures and maps are available to assist with travel planning and vacation choices. Requests for specific community tourism brochures and free travel guides can be mailed to you. Vacation brochures of this nature are excellent resources for travel planning. Please submit your request to

Here is a collection of online resources that have been created by other organizations and businesses that might be helpful. These publications primarily include businesses who have paid to advertise in them and therefore aren’t unbiased publications but they are still excellent resources.


#LoveBrainerd is more than a catchy hashtag—it’s a feeling, a great interest in something, or that feeling of great pleasure. You know it. Once you’ve been here to visit and experienced the mighty Mississippi, the lakes and beaches, the food and drinks, the history, art and culture (You betcha!), the thrill of splashing around a waterpark, or the wonder (or fear) of Paul Bunyan calling you by name. You know that you #LoveBrainerd. And you can hear everyone that you know who’s ever been here say, “Oh, I lover Brainerd.” That feeling. Those experiences. That’s what we’re trying to capture, and convey, across our social media platforms.