Discover fun things to do in Baxter near our hotel

Located just off Highway 371 in the Brainerd Lakes region, the Country Inn & Suites, Baxter, MN gives you access to a wide variety of things to do, starting with outdoor adventures at the nearby Crow Wing and Pillsbury state parks. Hike, bike, or ski to your heart’s content, or enjoy boating and fishing in places like White Sands Lake, eight miles away. Families won’t want to miss the exhilarating activities at Paul Bunyan Land or Brainerd Zip Line Tour, both about a 20-minute drive from the hotel. For high-octane fun closer to your room or suite, head to Brainerd International Raceway. You’ll also find plenty of nearby courses to explore, including the famous Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer.

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Brainerd International Raceway

3.82 mi / 6.14 km from the hotel
Cheer on your favorite drivers as they zip around this three-mile track designed for drag and road races.

Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum & Library

2.13 mi / 3.43 km from the hotel
A trip to this three-story museum provides a glimpse of area history through exhibits about the region's lumber, railroad, and mining industries.

Crow Wing State Park

8 mi / 12.87 km from the hotel
Explore the great outdoors at this state park, which boasts opportunities to canoe, photograph the scenery, and hike along 18 miles of trails. The park is also home to the historic Crow Wing town site.

Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame

27.84 mi / 44.81 km from the hotel
With a re-created fish camp, an aquarium with native fish, and a huge collection of antique angling gear, this museum showcases the amazing history of fishing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Mount Ski Gull

8.27 mi / 13.31 km from the hotel
Feel the wind chill your cheeks as you speed down the mountain on one of this ski area's 13 runs. During the summer, you can explore the trails in the daytime or take a guided evening hike.

Paul Bunyan Land

10.29 mi / 16.56 km from the hotel
For a great family outing, head to Paul Bunyan Land. This family-friendly park is home to 28 rides and attractions, plus the 30-building Pioneer Village, featuring vintage farm machinery.

Brainerd Zip Line Tour

8.36 mi / 13.46 km from the hotel
Enjoy thrilling rides and spectacular views while you blast through this seven-zipline course in Pillsbury State Forest. Kids must be at least 10 years old to ride.

Northland Arboretum

7.69 mi / 12.37 km from the hotel
Find family fun at this 583-acre arboretum in Baxter. You can hike or ski through restored prairie, wetlands, and pine forests, keeping a lookout for native plants and birds. Gardens, picnic facilities, and educational events are also available.

Pillsbury State Forest

9.72 mi / 15.64 km from the hotel
A little off the beaten path, this park offers beautiful forests and lakes as well as opportunities to view wildflowers and wildlife. It’s also known for excellent mountain biking, horse-riding, and cross-country skiing trails.