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Visit Brainerd
214 South 7th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Brainerd/Baxter Information & Visitors Centers

Visit Brainerd

214 South 7th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday; open Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. June, July, August and December.

Maps, brochures, community information, travel assistance, and gift store.

Northland Arboretum Visitors Center

14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

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.

Regional Information & Visitors Centers (Crow Wing County)

There are welcome/visitors centers across the county, including what is known as the Brainerd Lakes Area and the Cuyuna Lakes, staffed by the Chambers of Commerce. They will have an 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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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


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