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Best Places To Go With Your Family For The Weekend In MN

Between summer vacation and Christmas break, it becomes difficult for families to get away from their routines and take time for a fun activity. A quick weekend trip is often the solution for those who need a break but cannot take the time for an extended vacation. Finding something to do that will be fun for the entire family, however, can be a challenge in itself. These Minnesota getaways offer activities that all ages can enjoy.

Nisswa, Minn.
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Brainerd Lakes
Samara Point Resort
1026 Birchwood Hills Trail
Nisswa, MN 56468
(218) 963-2615

Brainerd Lakes is a short two-hour jaunt from the Twin Cities and a great place to spend a fun family weekend. At the Samara Point Resort, families can enjoy comfortable cabins and the unique features of a lakefront resort that include beaches, water sports, fishing and hiking. In town, Brainerd Lakes is famous for Paul Bunyan Land, an amusement park that is a favorite among children and a landmark destination in Minnesota. Check out the other 500-plus lakes in the area if one isn't enough and enjoy golfing, car racing, and many other activities to fill up your family weekend.

Goin' To The Lake 2014: Ely
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Adventure Inn
1145 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731
(218) 365-3140

Ely, Minnesota lies at the gateway to one of the most beautiful and scenic national forests in the world. Spend the weekend exploring the forest and Boundary Waters if you enjoy being outdoors or just relax along the lake inside the fantastic accommodations of Adventure Inn. Adventure Inn houses eco-friendly suites and lodging to help reduce the impact on the environment and increase the enjoyment of your stay. Go skiing or ice fishing in the winter and swimming in the summer. Seasonal activities are enjoyed year-round. Ely also houses museums and local shopping for families that prefer to stay out of the wilderness.

Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast and Adventure
136 Bridge Ave.
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 564-1568

Located in southern Minnesota, Wabasha is home to the National Eagle Center and many beautiful bluffs and scenic drives along the Mississippi River. At the Turning Waters, families are treated to a unique guest experience that includes kayak tours, hiking paths, beautiful accommodations and a five-star breakfast every morning. Shop in the quaint downtown area of Wabasha or just enjoy the small town charm with your family.

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Detroit Lakes
East Silent Lake Resort
30424 410th St.
Dent, MN 56528
(218) 758-2716

East Silent Lake Resort is located in a remote and beautiful pocket of Minnesota. Families love traveling to the resort throughout the year to enjoy activities that range from boating, games, outdoor playgrounds, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling. During the summer, activities designed specifically for certain age groups are available to keep kids and parents entertained. Social events, tours and recommendations for attractions to visit are provided by the staff at East Silent Lake Resort. Enjoy an adventurous weekend you may not want to come back from.

Fitger's Inn
300 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-8826

Duluth, Minnesota is one of the most popular weekend getaways for families throughout the state. Along the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth offers the best in shopping, outdoor activities, restaurants and attractions. Fitger's Inn is an historic hotel located along the Lakewalk that houses a brewery, coffee shop and a bookstore. Enjoy touring the old building or just wandering along the docks and watching the boats sail along the lake.

Related: Great Weekend Getaways

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on

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