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Address: Brainerd, MN
Activities: Skiing
Description: In addition to its gardens, the Arboretum offers hiking and cross-country...
In addition to its gardens, the Arboretum offers hiking and cross-country skiing.
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A hidden Gem

Worth looking into when you are in Brainerd. Off the beaten path but great facility and grounds. Looking forward to cross-country skiing with the lights...but we need some snow... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Worth looking into when you are in Brainerd. Off the beaten path but great facility and grounds. Looking forward to cross-country skiing with the lights...but we need some snow in Brainerd. Hiking paths are perfect.

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I have lived in this town for 30 years and never been to the Arboretum until two weeks ago. We visited the Arboretum for their annual Christmas Light show. The show was very very good. It was $15 per car. You drive slowly through the maze of displays. The only complaint I had was that it was not advertised as... More 

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Blue Earth, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a fun little place to stretch our legs. We have a 4 1/2 and a 1 1/2 year old and the boys loved looking around. The paths are well taken care of and there are some fun gardens too. Our boys pretended we were on a bear hunt - it's all what you make of it. We enjoyed... More 

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

A true Brainerd / Baxter gem. Well worth the membership for walking, enjoying the beautiful gardens and walking trails.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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213 reviews 213 reviews
26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This was a decent trail, but not a ton of wildlife and near roads throughout. There are some decent things to look at, but nothing spectacular.

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Delano, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had a great hike at the arboretum. There are lots of trails and the fall leaves are beautiful right now. The lady that talked to us in the building was friendly and informative. She went over the trail map with us which was great! It's only $3 for non members and worth it! We saw squirrels, some yellow racer... More 

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Goleta, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We just hiked through the arboretum last week and it was one of the high lights of our two and a half week trip to the Brainerd Lakes area. It is a delightful conservatory for wilderness species and gives you an idea of what the area was like before it was settled. The trails are really fun to hike on... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We went to the Arboretum during the Christmas holiday and loved seeing the annual lights display. You are able to drive through the Arboretum and enjoy the various displays with your car lights off. With Christmas music playing over the radio, it provides a wonderful family tradition!

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Brainerd
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Nortland Arboretum has over 20 miles of trails for hiking, skiing, bird watching, and more. Local guide Judd Brinks, Minnesota backyard birds offers bird tours and free bird walks here,

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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This was a cute place for a wedding. It had a nice outdoor, cabiny feel. Lots of trails and trees all around. You could do your wedding outside at the pavilion or inside. It would also be good for a simple family reunion.

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