The city of Brainerd is located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA - in the geographical centre of Minnesota, and straddling the Mississippi River. It is a major tourist destination among Minnesota residents, since it's surrounded by lakes and wildlife, and rich with culture, arts and history.
Things to Do in Brainerd, Minnesota
Brainerd is proud to be Paul Bunyan's birthplace and houses the world's largest animated statue of the mythical lumberjack.
A tourist hotspot for the people of Minnesota, Brainerd is known for its great shopping, fishing, biking, resorts, motels, Vegas-style gambling at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, golf courses - including Wildwedge Mini Golf, one of the most difficult mini golf courses around, and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, which brings legendary pirates to life!
Visit a simulated mine shaft or take a drive in a miniature race car - two activities located minutes away from each other. Go boating, camping, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing at Ski Gull, or snowmobiling along the Paul Bunyan Trail, and so much more.
Go with a group on the Mississippi Belle of Brainerd, which is a one-of-a-kind paddle-wheel boat. The boat hosts up to 100 people - great for a party, or a relaxing lunch or dinner cruise around the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Take in some art at the Franklin Art Center, where you'll find pottery, painting, stain glass, and photography exhibits - and likely the artists themselves!
The historical attractions are aplenty in Brainerd. Be sure to visit the Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum in the old County Jail and Sheriff's residence. There you'll see logging, Native American, Railroad-life, and 19th-century life exhibits. For more history, check out the pioneer exhibit at the Historic Log Village in Crosslake - featuring a completely restored bunkhouse, 19th-century schoolhouse, and logger's shack. For some military history, visit the Minnesota Military Museum. And, finally, check out the history and art exhibits Minnesota Resort Museum in Driftwood Family Resort - children will love the gift shop!
Q.Which famous movie takes place in a fictional recreation of Brainerd, and what famous landmarks are featured in the film?
A.A great part of Fargo(1996) takes place in a fictional recreation of Brainerd. Some Brainerd landmarks in the film include (recreations of) the Blue Ox Bar and the Paul Bunyan Statue.