Brainerd is a city in Northeastern Minnesota. In a backdrop of gorgeous lakes, world-class recreation and natural beauty, the Brainerd Lakes Area offers attractions, shopping, dining and outdoor activities that make a Minnesota family vacation, conference or weekend getaway memorable.

Get in

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport offers a 6,500’ paved runway with instrumental landing systems and navigational aids. Commercial air service is provided by Mesaba/Delta Air Lines, typically offering six daily arrivals/departures during the peak summer season, and 4 arrivals/departures daily during the off season.

The airport is currently benefiting from a major expansion, offering a second runway. Charter services and maintenance facilities are also available for personal aircraft.

The East Gull Lake airstrip also welcomes private aircraft, as does the Breezy Point airport.

Lakes Express provides shuttle service between the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport and Brainerd.

Get around

Brainerd Taxi provides service throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area.


At the east end of town you can see the lengthy brick-faced remains of the North Pacific Railway shop. The NPR was built from this area all the way out to the state of Washington in the 1870s.


There is something for every age and interest throughout the entire year. Cast a fishing line afloat from one of our 465 lakes. Rent recreational equipment so you can enjoy the water or trails. Join in a local neighborhood festival or event. Play more than 520 holes of golf on dozens of wonderful courses. Enjoy a colorful hike along the Paul Bunyan Trail — a 100-mile paved trail winding through lakes, rivers and forests. Glide through the winter’s powdery snow on a snowmobile or cross-country skis. Attend a theatrical or musical event. Enjoy food and drink atop a patio, overlooking the lake. Even rainy days bring plenty of options.

Or, take a day-trip to see a wide variety of attractions and recreational options from within our five-county region. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it in the Brainerd Lakes Area.




Lodging options are many. Small family-owned resorts offer cabins along the shores of area lakes. Deluxe resort complexes offer meal plans, children's programming, championship golf courses, and perhaps an on-site spa. Northwoods hotels can be found in Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, and Breezy Point. Quaint B&B's, campgrounds, and private cabin rentals are also available.

For local information, contact the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, +1-800-450-2838,

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Routes through Brainerd

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