There are certain moments in life when getting out of town and heading somewhere new is exactly what you need. When a vacation is a top priority and you have a weekend to spare in the name of fun, a trip to Gull Lake, Minnesota promises to be just the ticket. This captivating, welcoming, and endlessly beautiful vacation destination is an amazing place to set your travel sights year-round with good reason. It’s often thought of as the state’s premiere lake for fun and recreation running 15 miles long and ideal for everything from swimming and boating in the summer to ice fishing and skating in the winter. With access to nearby Brainerd and Nisswa, there’s no shortage of options for entertainment when you’re planning a weekend away this direction. No matter what time of year you arrive, there’s a long list of activities and attractions waiting to satisfy.

Check Out Some of the Main Area Attractions

While a weekend trip to Gull Lake is sure to come with plenty of time spent on and around the water, there are many options to add to your itinerary when it comes to exploring highlight area attractions beyond the waves. The historical Paul Bunyan Trail is accessible in this area for those who are excited to lace up their hiking boots and explore. From the incredibly lush landscapes that line the trail to options to view and photograph wildlife along the way, time on the trail promises to be a treat from start to finish. If you’re looking for a few incredible places to enjoy weekend hiking come rain or shine, then The Northland Arboretum is another stop to add to your must-visit list.

For those who are looking for some adrenaline-pumping weekend fun, time at the North Central Speedway in Brainard is a must during racing season! Feel like trying your own skills out on the track? Head over to Northland Kart Kountry Family Fun Park and get behind the wheel of a go-kart that’s top of the line! An afternoon at Brainerd Zipline Tour situated on Mount Ski Gull is also a great weekend option for those who are headed to Gull Lake as a family and looking to make fun memories that are sure to last a lifetime!

When it’s time to bring down the pace a little, but you’re looking to keep competition standards high during your weekend away, time at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is sure to please. This themed stop is a fun challenge for all ages looking to put their putt-putt talent to the test. If, after a day of Gull Lake fun, you’re ready to settle in and simply be entertained, both Falls Cinema and Grand Makwa Cinema offer cozy places to settle in and enjoy the big screen with a side of popcorn.

Make the Most of Dining Options

A weekend away in Gull Lake is a great chance to kick back, relax, and unwind in Minnesota style. That said, it’s also a chance to indulge your tastebuds for a few days! Gull Lake and the surrounding communities host a wide variety of restaurants ranging from casual dining experiences to fine dining moments that can be reserved according to preference. Ernie’s on Gull is a great place to dine when you’re in the mood for seafood, steak, and more. This restaurant is known for its fantastic views over the water and wonderful variety of menu options too. When it’s some Italian inspiration you’re looking for after a day of Gull Lake fun, Rafferty’s Pizza in Nisswa is a must. Serving up fan favorite pizzas in the area for over 30 years, Rafferty’s is a trusted and true name when it comes to pizza favorites and also serves up salads and sandwiches upon request. Those looking for a great family experience will want to visit Sherwood Forest Lodge while they’re in town for the weekend. This inviting locale is as cozy as it is savory, serving up delicious cuisine and hosting plenty of drink options for the adults.

Book Your Weekend Getaway Today

There’s really no reason to wait when you’re ready to make the most of a great weekend adventure in Gull Lake, Minnesota. From time outdoors to time spent enjoying the best of activities and flavorful stops, there’s truly something for everyone. Of course, just knowing you have amazing accommodations to match the fun only makes it that much better. When you’re ready to book a beautiful, comfortable, and conveniently located vacation rental, the team at Gull Lake Beach Resorts is here to help. Reach out today to learn more about our many customized property options in this area and how we can help you start planning your next trip. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to beautiful Gull Lake soon!