Our Favorite Family Getaways
Brainerd: what to do
Paul Bunyan Land Old-fashioned carnival rides thrill the younger set, and a lumberjack greets kids at the entrance (218/764-2524).
Brainerd Golf Trail A partnership between 11 area courses, the trail amounts to 180 holes, featuring a blend of forests and lakes for spectacular scenery.
Brainerd International Raceway The National Hot Rod Association holds contests on this drag strip (218/824-7220).
Nisswa Two dozen gift shops, galleries and flea markets serve browsers; families will love the weird and wonderful Wednesday afternoon turtle races (800/950-9610).
Paul Bunyan Trail Bike this 100-mile trail between towns or explore sections on foot (218/833-8710).
Trailblazer Bikes Rent wheels in Nisswa (218/963-0699).