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Cross-country skiing at Boyd Lodge / Buffalo Media Group

The Heart of Minnesota

Discover a land of pristine lakes and wooded hills, with miles of trails to explore by foot or bike in summer, or by snowshoe, snowmobile or fat bike in winter.

Central Minnesota is dotted with crystalline lakes, rivers and streams, perfect for fishing, boating, paddling and waterskiing. The region is also a notable golf destination, with over 70 scenic courses crafted by top designers. In the area’s cities and towns, discover bustling main streets and abundant entertainment, shopping and dining. Plus, find museums and historic sites devoted to everything from aviator Charles Lindbergh and novelist Sinclair Lewis to Ojibwe Indian culture.

Here, you can fill up on fresh air and make priceless memories; don’t be surprised if this magical place keeps calling you back.

Ice fishing houses and snowmobiles on Rainy Lake

Anglers on Rainy Lake snowmobile their ice fishing house for the ultimate Minnesota winter experience

A Snowy Escape

Winter in Brainerd Lakes

Best known as a summer hot spot, the Brainerd Lakes area also features incredible trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as ice fishing when the lakes are frozen over.

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Two riders winter fat biking at Cuyuna

With 25 miles of groomed winter fat biking trails, Cuyuna is the Midwest's next big adventure destination / Cuyuna.com

Fat Biking Fun

Winter in Cuyuna

The now-dormant iron ore mines in Cuyuna have been reborn with well-groomed winter fat bike trails. Explore more than 25 miles of mixed-difficulty trails that flow through some truly stunning snowy landscapes.

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Ice fishing houses on Lake Mille Lacs

Ice fishing houses on Lake Mille Lacs

On the Water

Ice Fishing

Central Minnesota has some of the best ice fishing in North America, hands down. Take a crack at this quintessential winter pastime when the mercury dips below freezing.

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Fall trees from above Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Fall trees from above Mille Lacs Kathio State Park / Angela Eldridge

Fall Foliage

Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway

Cruise along the 68-mile Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway, where you’ll experience some of Minnesota’s most vibrant fall colors around the state’s second-largest inland lake.

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Family at Zorbaz

Nothing says "summer in Minnesota" like a lakeside meal at Zorbaz

Family Fun

3 Days of Adventure in Otter Tail County

Comprised of rolling prairie lands and the most lakes in any U.S. county, Otter Tail County exudes the classic, laid-back lakeside vibe that makes central Minnesota such a family-friendly destination

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