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Shake out your lake legs on Gull Lake / Paul Vincent

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. The region is known for its rural charm, but its cities, towns and main streets are also bustling with shopping, dining and entertainment. 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.

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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dog jumping into ottertail lake at sunset

Dog jumping off a dock into Ottertail Lake at sunset / Allie Hoeft

On the Water

Lake Life

Big or small, frozen or flowing, Central Minnesota’s waters embody “lake life." Think dreamy naps on the dock, invigorating daybreak swims, pontoon parties and high-speed thrills via speedboat or snowmobile.

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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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Megan and Steve on the Bobsled trail in Cuyuna

Megan and Steve take on the flowing Bobsled trail in Cuyuna / Pinkbike

Shred the Red

Mountain Biking at Cuyuna

The iron ore mines at Cuyuna closed for business over 30 years ago, but in the past 10 years they've been reborn as one of Minnesota's best mountain biking destinations.

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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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