Waterparks, amusement parks, laser tag, parks and beaches make Brainerd a great family vacation destination.

Family Fun Directory

Amusement Parks

Brainerd Minnesota is home to a wide variety of great family activities and our Brainerd Lakes amusement parks are a great addition to any visit. Whether it is a stop at Paul Bunyan Land and This Old Farm Pioneer Village or Pirates Cove for mini golf or go cart racing there are plenty of great memories to be made.

Make sure when building your list of things to do in Brainerd you include these and be sure to stay at one of our great Brainerd and Baxter Minnesota HotelsWater Parks and RV Park to give you centralized access to these great Brainerd amusement parks and everything else that the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer.

Plus take a look at our Brainerd Hot Deals page where you may find discounts on these great Brainerd Lakes amusement parks and other great places.

Amusement Parks

Water Parks

Brainerd is home to three of the best Minnesota waterparks. In addition to our great lake resorts, we have some of the best Minnesota water parks you’ll experience! Each offers a unique lodging experience from giant water slides that dive and swirl through well-designed pools and playgrounds—to quiet gentle pools, treehouses and hot tubs—you’ll find pure water fun for the whole family at our Brainerd Minnesota water parks!

Think a Minnesota water park vacation will be noisy? Not at our Brainerd water parks. Some of the most advanced water park technology has been used and the water park resorts have been designed to offer quiet places to relax and retreat. There’s something for every member of the family at Brainerd MN water parks.

What better way to book a weekend family retreat? Enjoy the best water parks in Minnesota, explore greater Brainerd lakes area, dine at our famous restaurants and enjoy hours of shopping, fishing, snowmobiling and world-class golf! After hours of fun in our famous Minnesota indoor water parks, escape to your comfortable suite—many feature classic Up North Lodge décor and furniture, and offer unique “themed” suites.

Think Brainerd water parks are just for family fun? Brainerd water parks make a perfect business lodging experience! Book your corporate retreat or meeting here, and enjoy the fun-filled water and relaxing pools in your downtime. We’ve got great dining, lounges and all the conveniences you need to make a Brainerd water parks lodge your next business destination!

Water Parks

Marathons & Races

The Brainerd Lakes is home to several incredible races and marathons.

Minnesota is home to a long list of great races, marathons and extreme challenges throughout the year. The Brainerd Lakes Area takes this experience to another level with a variety of challenges in Minnesota’s premier vacation destination. Take on challenges while surrounded by the scenic forests and lakes in this world class destination. Whether you want to walk or run for a cause or if you are looking for a Boston Marathon qualifier you will find it here.

After the race enjoy the wide array of activities available to visitors including craft breweries, biking, birding, mountain biking, dinner cruises, wildlife park, amusement parks and so much more. Or if you are worn out from giving 110% during the race you can go back to one of the areas many hotels or indoor water parks to relax and soak away the day. Our properties will give you all of the comfort and conveniences you deserve.

More information on area races and events can be found HERE.

Paul Bunyan Extreme 5k Mud Run:

Featured Race Events

Run for the Lakes – Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

The annual springtime running of the Run For The Lakes Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K takes runners on a tour of some of area’s scenic lakes and waterways, along quiet country roads and tree-lined forests. This is a Boston Qualifier. The Run For the Lakes is held in Nisswa which is about 10 miles north of Brainerd/Baxter.

Race for Grace 5k

Race for Grace is a Family 5K Walk/Run in honor of Grace Elizabeth Lee. Proceeds from the event go to The Brighter Days Foundation. The Brighter Days Foundation’s mission is to help seriously and chronically-ill children, ages 0-18, and their families living within the Brainerd Lakes Area by surprising them with meaningful gifts and/or opportunities to brighten their day.

Sour Grapes Half & Half Trail Run

The Sour Grapes half and half trail run includes a half marathon run, a 10.55K run/walk, a kid’s mile run, and a kids half mile run. It is held at the Northland Arboretum which offers more than 540 acres of green space.

Zorbaz Gull Lake Challenge

The Zorbaz Gull Lake Challenge is a swimming race on the Gull Lake Chain’s beautiful Lake Margaret. There are 2.4, 1.2 and relay options offering challenges for swimmers at all training levels. This is the perfect season warm-up for ironman distance triathletes and those training for other swimming races and triathalons.

Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure – 1k & 5k

The Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure® is an annual 1K and 5K fundraising walk/run event held at Forestview Middle School in Baxter, MN, supporting breast cancer.