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6 Blissful Winter Vacation Destinations for Families That Don’t Ski

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Brainerd, Minnesota

Minnesota’s winter playgrounds include the Baxter, Brainerd, and Brainerd Lakes Areas. This year-round Minnesota family option offers various winter activities for everyone. The frozen Minnesota landscape looks like it was taken out of the pages of a Nordic fairy tale.

Old-fashioned activities like broomball and bowling on the pond, ice fishing on Gull Lake, bonfires with S’mores, and horse-drawn trolley rides should delight your children.

This is snowmobile country, and Cragun’s has a designated track and miniature snowmobiles for children. But the area has much more to offer your family or group even when the weather turns, including three of Minnesota’s finest indoor water parks.

The Three Bear Water Park, the Paul Bunyan Water Park, and the Rapid River Lodge serves up wonderful memories every year to thousands of its visitors.

Want to stay warm somewhere other than a water park? Several of the hotels in the area have indoor pools and hot tubs to help you relax and melt away the cold!

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