Brainerd Lakes has long been known as Minnesota’s favorite family vacation destination. Over the years, even more features have been added to the area’s great attractions so there are now almost unlimited choices of things to do. To begin with, Brainerd Lakes is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. From mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking and other water sports in the summer, to skiing, snowmobiling and tubing in the winter, Minnesotans know they can enjoy affordable outdoor adventures suitable for the entire family. With its popular 500 lakes and rivers, visitors can take advantage of the many fishing and boating options available at Brainerd. Among the many water sports available are kite sailing, scuba diving and water skiing. More outdoor activities include hunting, golfing, camping and auto racing. Kids will especially enjoy Paul Bunyan Land’s Pioneer Village; there are also water parks and miniature golf courses in the area. Brainerd Lakes also boasts a cultural side, which includes plays, museums, art exhibits, concerts and seasonal arts and crafts shows.