Experience Brainerd

January 16, 2015

It may be cold and snowy right now, but in only five months we will be enjoying the warm sun during the 3rd annual Lakes Jam, a music event that brings even more culture and fun to the already great Brainerd Lakes Area!



Referred to as “Minnesota’s Playground”, the Brainerd Lakes Area is home to unique entertainment options to suit all ages and interests.


Let’s break down some of the most popular attractions and highlight events happening during Lakes Jam.


The Brainerd International Raceway and Resort is one of the area’s entertainment hotspots and is also the host of Lakes Jam. This summer take in some exciting action by watching all kinds of top speed racing from drag racing to SuperBike racing, Brainerd International Raceway & Resort will not disappoint!


Brainerd International Raceway is one of the few race tracks with virtually unlimited camping available and a wide range of lodging opportunities. With 12 condominiums on track, 164 full-service RV sites and unlimited open camping, Brainerd International Raceway is a great place to stay nearby all of the action!


If you prefer to stay indoors, Brainerd International Raceway is also surrounded by more than 100 resorts, hotels, and beds and breakfasts such as the Northern Lights Casino, Hotel and Event Center. With modern amenities, a large casino and multiple choices in dining the Northern Lights has a little something for everyone. The Northern Lights Casino boasts over 900 slot machines from one cent to one dollar, Blackjack tables and poker tables. Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll want to make sure you get plenty of rest for the vast amount of daytime activities the area has to offer.



From hiking and biking, to horseback riding, the Brainerd Lakes Area has a variety of recreational trails. The award winning Sand Hog bike trail is just one of several mountain bike trails in the area. The Pillsbury State Forest, located just outside of Brainerd, has over 27 miles of off road cycling trails along with miles of hiking.


Numerous parks throughout the Brainerd area offer scenic hiking trails, through forests, around lakes, and along flowing rivers and streams. However if you feel like exploring the trails without putting in all the work, try a scenic horseback riding adventure. For more information or to contact a Brainerd area riding stable, click here.

After an afternoon exploring the trails, cool off at the lake. With over 450 lakes around the Brainerd area there is never a shortage of water activities. From fishing to water skiing, tubing or kayaking, chances are there is a water activity you can enjoy. If you’re looking to stay in town, cool off at one of the Brainerd area’s three waterparks.


You can also meet one of Brainerd’s most famous residents and his blue ox, Babe, at Paul Bunyan Land. The park features rides and concessions, and is complete with unique buildings and displays so you truly feel like you are experiencing the legend of Paul Bunyan.

The Brainerd area is also a great shopping destination. Unique gift shops and boutiques are located throughout the surrounding communities. From home furnishings to homemade fudge, these shops have a little something for everyone.



Lakes Jam is the perfect way to kick off your summer and experience all of what the Brainerd Lakes Area has to offer. With adventures and activities for people of all ages and interests, it’s no wonder that Brainerd is known to be the “Vacation Capital of Minnesota”. This summer spend your morning out near the many beautiful lakes before finishing your day enjoying countless of great artists at this years Lakes Jam!



For more information regarding Brainerd area attractions and activities, and to start planning out your exciting vacation go to VisitBrainerd.com.




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