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Traveling to Minnesota...

cait and nick

And having fun while you are there!

Where are we going for Cait & Nick's wedding again?? Hopefully we can answer that for you, and more. Below you will find all of our lodging suggestions, local info and any other exciting links or tidbits of info that we have come across in our search for information!

Where in Minnesota?

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Nisswa, Minnesota (pronounced NISS-wa) is a small town with a population just under 2,000 people. Located near Gull Lake, it is surrounded by lakes and is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Minnesota Highway 371 and the Paul Bunyan Bike trail both run through town. Nisswa is well known as a tourist destination due to its many unique stores including Stonehouse Coffee, a coffee shop and cafe that roasts beans in the store, an ice cream parlor and candy shop, The Chocolate Ox, and Zaiser's, a renowned shoe store with many other slightly random items. Use the interactive map above to look around the area or get directions to Nisswa.

Local Info

Nisswa Chamber of Commerce
This website, as probably intended is the ticket to lots and lots of good info! They have info on almost everything; lodging, dining, things to do, shopping, and local forests, parks and trails. They have info about the history of their town, an events calendar and also several photo galleries... this seems like a great place to start for learning the area, and it looks very user friendly.

Explore Minnesota
Go here to find information about events, places to stay and things to do throughout the entire state. Click the 'Where To Go' button on the menu to choose which region of Minnesota you would like to research. While Nisswa is in the Central Region, you can also find information about other areas that you might want to include in your trip!

     Fishing Information

Nisswa Guides
Fishing guide services
S&W Bait
Fishing Info
Sportland Bait & Tackle
Fishing info

     Rental Info

Boats and Beyond Rentals
Fishing and Ski Boats, Pontoons and Jet Skis
Dave's Sportland Rental
Jet Skis, Boats, Pontoons and Water toys
Nisswa Marine
Pierz Marine
Fishing and Ski Boats and Pontoons
SPR Motorsports
Trailblazer Bikes Nisswa
Bike shop located on the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Sales, rentals, repairs, accessories and clothing.

     Outdoor Recreation Info

Beaver Dam Ballooning
Hot Air Balloon rides
Brainerd International Raceway
Minnesota's premiere motorsports facility
Hunt's Point Sportsman's Club
Sporting clays, tower shoots, and bird/deer hunts
Northland Arboretum
Twelve miles of hiking trails, environmental education, outdoor events and garden areas
Outback Trail Rides, Inc.
Horseback riding, pony rides and wagon rides
Paul Bunyan Trail
110 Miles of trail around 21 lakes, 9 rivers, rolling hills and pine forest
Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center
Wildlife exhibits, reference/childrens library, guided nature hikes, bird watching, wildlife behavior, wildflowers, gardening, children's activities
Pillsbury State Forest
9 mi S of Nisswa on CR 77
14,780 acres of state forest and 27 miles of trail. Activities include fishing, picnic sites, canoe access, horse trails, hiking, etc.
Wild Acres Hunting Club
Hunting and shooting sports


     Entertainment Info

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
Visit the home of Charles A. Lindbergh and the new visitor center.
Children's Discovery Museum
Grand Rapids, MN
Crosslake Area Historical Society / Historic Log Village
Step back 100 years and visit the seven restored local structures; including a logging camp and general store.
Grand Casino
Slots, Blackjack, Kids Quest, arcade, bingo
Movies 10
Northern Lights Casino
Full service casino, slots, blackjack, poker
Rhythm of the Rails
Family friendly entertainment through the use of Brainerd area history and romantic railroad lore (cant find much current info?)
Sunset Cinema

     Attractions Info

A&J's UP NORTH Buffalo Ranch
Buffalo ranch tours and the "Buff Stuff" country store. You can find buffalo wool, leather items, and locally grown USDA inspected buffalo meat
Bump 'n Putt Family Fun Park
Mini golf, water wars, pedal carts, big wheels, basketball, children's farm & maze, roller racers, and other attractions
Nisswa Family Fun Center
400 foot waterslide, 400m inline track, wading pool, hot tubs, video games, snacks, inline skate & skateboard park with jumps
Nisswa Farmers Market
25807 Main Street
Locally grown products, flowers, plants, veggies, berries, syrups, wild rice, breads, meats and much more. Thursdays 9am-1pm, early May thru September
Paul Bunyan Land & This Old Farm
Ferris wheel, roller coaster, train, merry-go-round, supertron, space shuttle, kiddy boats, old time photo, cook shanty and candy store
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Two 18-hole mini golf courses with caves, waterfalls, streams, pirate ship, pirates and dungeons
SCHeers Lumberjack Shows
Vacationland Family Fun Park
Go karts for all ages, NASCAR simulators, bumper boats and karts, mini golf, batting cages, arcade, water wars
Whistling Wolf Mini Golf
18-hole mini golf in a scenic wooded setting
Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf
Mini golf, golf course and driving range