Things to do in Brainerd with kids

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Minnesota
The Paul Bunyan Trail, over 100 miles in length, covers a large area. The trail now includes 80 paved miles. With 7 segment maps and over 14 individual city maps and descriptions.
Mount Ski Gull
(11 Miles)
Nisswa
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 5 years, offering 2 green runs and another 3 blue, plus tow rope serviced tubing hill and 2 terrain training parks.
Crosslake
Discover the lakes area's newest 18 hole mini-golf. Located in a scenic wooded setting, with waterfalls, meandering stream, and pond. Play the World Famous "Northern Pike Hole." Hit your final shot into the outhouse and win a free game.
Onamia
We are an Indian Museum which educates the public about the history and current times of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe through exhibits, a life sized diorama and a gift shop.
Little Falls
The MINNESOTA FISHING MUSEUM is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of freshwater fishing in Minnesota.
Aitkin
A family fun RV park in Aitkin, Minnesota, Pete's Retreat will make sure your family adventure is filled with fun activities creating wonderful memories - voted in the Top 100 Campgrounds in North America!
Isle
The Mille Lacs Lake area is Cool in Summer! Hot in Winter! But to really appreciate our area, stay awhile, because most of our secrets are shared only with those who take the time to get to know us.
St Cloud
Two floors of exhibits, a family research center, children's playroom, and museum store provide visitors with an entertaining learning experience.
Trails RV Park
(58 Miles)
Walker
Privacy, undisturbed woods and sunny grassy sites are waiting to complete that family time away at Trails RV Park in north central Minnesota!
Park Rapids
The Character Challenge Course is an adventure park with a family-friendly environment where people can overcome fears and make a memory sure to last a lifetime. We feature a 370' zipline and countless high obstacles.
Alexandria
Welcome to the Runestone Museum, located in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota. We invite you to stop by and tour historic Fort Alexandria, take your picture with the country\'s biggest viking, and see the world famous Kensington Runestone. For awhile...
Alexandria
Tons of water fun await you in our huge 38,000 square foot Minnesota indoor waterpark featuring three exhilarating 4-story slides that twist and turn and take you on a journey inside and outside the waterpark, "Lazy River" floating inner tube ride, t...
Grand Rapids
After the exhibits, visit the recreated turn-of-the-century logging camp where you'll find the camp blacksmith, saw filer, clerk, cook and lumberjacks. Then, board the moored river "wanigan," a floating cook shack used when the logs and men headed do...
Powder Ridge
(70 Miles)
Kimball
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, beginners' hill, plus snow tubing and 4 different terrain training parks.
Deer River
Give your family a new vacation experience this year at one of the top fishing and family vacation resorts in Minnesota.
South Hero
The parents and kids alike will enjoy their days out in Vermont’s beautiful nature, with the Apple Island RV Park adding to your experience.
A Maze N Farm
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(73 Miles)
Eden Valley
At the A maze'n Farmyard our goal is that every child has a positive experience with the animals. Our facility is set up so that every child has the opportunity to not only pet, feed, and see the animals but also the ability to go in among the baby a...
Monticello
Great for active kids and their families, Monticello Community Center has an indoor water park, an indoor play area, climbing wall, and much more all for one entry fee!
Kensington
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 4 green runs plus lift serviced tubing hill.
Elk River
Step onto a working 1860s farm. Pick heirloom vegetables from the garden, visit the farmhands and animals at the barn, or churn butter and see what's cooking in the farmhouse.
Bemidji
Over 50 hands-on exhibits and a collection of over 40 live animal species are available for touching and holding make this a perfect destination for kids of all ages and adults. Dedicated to science education and the appreciation of living things.
Delano
Catch a wagon ride tour of the farm, explore the corn maze, and enjy the rural style play area with slides plus hay bales, tyres and wooden tractor for climbing. They also offer a small animal park where kids can visit goats, pigs, turkeys and chicke...
Bunker Beach
(90 Miles)
Coon Rapids
Cool your family off with Bunker Beach's fun waterslides, lazy river, a host of pools, and a play structure!
Taylors Falls
Voted Best Family fun in the Metro Area! Several Water Rides, Alpine Slides, including a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain & Go-Karts. Green grass, picnic areas & Free Parking make this a great facitlity for everyone! No need to purchase a ti...
Taylors Falls
Wild Mountain Winter Recreation Area
Taylors Falls
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 7 green runs, plus tow rope serviced snow tubing hill and 4 terrain training parks.
North Maple Grove
WhirlyBall: a team game with a unique blend of basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and bumper cars! They also have a 4000 square foot arena to play lazer tag, the bruise-less, mess-less combat game played with infra red equipment.
Maple Maze
(94 Miles)
Maple Grove
The main climbing structure is a literal maze of tunnels, climbs and activities with 4 new slides and numerous interactive features, plus a separate toddler zone with animal friends and their own features.
Bemidji
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons for all ages, 33% green runs, snow tubing hill and terrain training park.
Duluth
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 2, offering 6 green runs, plus Nordic skiing and two terrain training parks, one being the biggest in the Midwest.
Duluth
Features include the Alpine Coaster, Mini Golf course, and Zip Line ride, plus snow tubing in the winter.
Pump It Up
(98 Miles)
Plymouth
A series of varying high standard inflatables including slides, obstacle courses, climbing maze and bounce houses. Plus regular special sessions including glow in the dark!
Shafer
Offers a variety of campsites, with enough activities within minutes to provide days of fun! Fun on site includes swimming pool, enjoy mini golf, basketball, volleyball or horseshoes.
Saint Croix
(99 Miles)
Saint Croix Falls
St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, with glimpses of a human presence. Choose to canoe and camp amid the northwoods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns. This ...
Duluth
Visit fascinating animals from around the world at the Lake Superior Zoo. Situated in Fairmont Park in West Duluth, the zoo sits on over 16 acres at the base of Spirit Mountain. The rocky hillside, majestic pines and the picturesque Kingsbury Creek,...
Chisholm
Minnesota Discovery Center's museum features permanent and traveling exhibits about Iron Range history, including interactive displays that help explain and explore taconite mining and the people who worked in the region's mines. The Land. The M...
Taylors Falls
Encounter all sorts of wet wildlife as you meander along the St. Croix River with trips totally tailorable for between 2 and 7 hours. Also on site during summer: Wild Mountain Waterpark, Alpine Slides and Go-Karts!
Taylors Falls
Daily Scenic Boat Tours available 7 days a week from May - to Mid October. Dinner Cruises available on Fri & Sat evenings. Picnic Cruises available on Wed evenings. A great family owned and run business on the beautiful and scenic St Croix River i...
Plymouth
Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes.
Eagles Nest
(101 Miles)
New Brighton
Imaginations will run wild as children leap into the ball pit, scale the 8 ft. climbing wall, zoom down the triple slide, and find their way through the wiggle waggles and the foam forest!
White Bear Township
A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.
Duluth
You haven\'t seen Duluth until you\'ve explored the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center\'s Historic Union Depot, better know as simply the Depot. This former Union Railroad Depot was built in 1892 by the Boston firm of Peabody, Stearns and F...
Duluth
Admission includes exhibits of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the St. Louis County Historical Society and Veterans Memorial plus the Children's Museum and the Duluth Art Institute.
Duluth
Great Lakes Aquarium is a non-profit freshwater aquarium located in Duluth, MN. GLA is home to a variety of species found primarily in the Great Lakes Basin. Additional exhibits showcase animals from both freshwater and marine habitats around the ...
Duluth
Families looking for an afternoon of fun or serious climbers seeking a challenge can find them both at Vertical Endeavors Duluth. The North Shore’s largest climbing facility with 30 top ropes, lead climbing, 12 Auto Belays, and a large bouldering c...
Minnetonka
We are a family entertainment center featuring family-friendly games and attractions including bowling, laser tag, 3-story kids fun factory, black light ropes course, bump n' spin cars and much more!
Minneapolis
The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world. It is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark destination. It is a familiar point-of-entry to th...
Minneapolis
An art filled day for those creative and museum loving families.
Minneapolis
Vertical Endeavors is one of the largest indoor rock climbing facilities in the world. With over 28,000 square feet of climbing surface, up to 60 foot tall climbing walls, Vertical Endeavors-Minneapolis is the place to climb!
Minneapolis
The Bakken is a center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Minnea...

Top 10 most viewed fun things to do near Brainerd with kids

1

Mount Ski Gull

(11 Miles) Skiing in Nisswa

2

Whistling Wold Mini Golf

(23 Miles) Kids Fun in Crosslake

3

Petes Retreat RV and Campground

(33 Miles) RV/Campsite in Aitkin

4

Minnesota Fishing Museum and Education Center

(27 Miles) Museums in Little Falls

5

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

(25 Miles) Museums in Onamia

6

Paul Bunyan State Trail

(0 Miles) National Parks / Natural World in Minnesota

7

Mille Lacs Lake

(38 Miles) Kids Fun in Isle

Fun places to visit in Brainerd with kids

Minnesota is the kind of fun place that both adults and kids will enjoy – your only problem, is going to be finding the time to fit all the great places to visit in! Because many of Minnesota's must-see attractions offer kid-friendly activities and exhibits, you won't have to miss out on any of the state's diverse culture and history. As you explore the multitude of fun things to do in Minnesota with kids, you'll definitely create memories that will last and last - and you can watch them back on video for years to come if you’ve got a shocking memory like me!

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There are so many fun places to go with kids in Minnesota - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), great historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in MN