The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes and Paul Bunyan Water ParkTwo- or Three-Night Stay with Water-Park Passes at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter, MN

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Log-Cabin-Style Lodge with Paul Bunyan–Themed Water Park

Though much has been made of Paul Bunyan's mythical feats, little ink has been spilled on his favorite pastime—water parks. The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, located near Bunyan's alleged hometown, has irrefutable proof of not only the lumberjack's existence, but his love of lazy rivers: the words “Paul Bunyan was here” are carved into a tree at the lodge's water park. Nearby, a bust of Babe the Blue Ox overlooks a floating bridge made of tree stumps Bunyan once used as toothpicks.

The log-cabin-style hotel fits nicely within the woodsy Brainerd Lakes area. In the lobby, an antler chandelier shines down on a stone fireplace and leather couches. Standard rooms also feature rustic appointments, including the beds and nightstands made from carved logs. The hotel's water park and arcade are undoubtedly geared towards kids, but grownups can get their kicks at The Lodge Grill & Bar, which serves Kansas City dry-aged steaks to go with a roster of beer and wine.

Baxter, Minnesota: Rural Town in the Land of Lakes

About two hours northwest of the Twin Cities, the small town of Baxter is nestled among more than 500 lakes stamped out by Paul Bunyan on his pogo stick. You’ll have arrived in nearby Brainerd when you see the 112-foot-tall fiberglass lumberjack along Highway 371. Brainerd is the starting point of the 100-mile Paul Bunyan Trail, a haven for bikers and hikers in the warmer months. There are numerous picnic and campsites along the trails, in addition to shimmering lakes that serve as reservoirs for Bunyan's contact solution.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for four in a standard room

  • $199 for two nights with four passes per day to Paul Bunyan Water Park, valid on Friday and Saturday
  • $199 for three nights with four passes per day to Paul Bunyan Water Park, valid Sunday–Thursday

Book by: 7/15/12
Travel by: 12/1/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Onsite restaurant
  • Paul Bunyan Water Park with lazy river, water slides, and pools
  • Arcade
  • Complimentary breakfast Monday through Friday. Kids 2 and under eat free on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 7/15/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/1/12
  • Not valid 5/13-5/14, 6/22-6/23, 6/29-6/30, 7/8-7/12, 7/20-7/21, 8/15-8/19, or 10/17-10/20
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Max 4 water park passes per room per day
  • Not valid for group reservations
  • $20.66 tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Available Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Two televisions

Two Queen Splits

  • Two queen beds
  • Beds are separated by bathroom, creating illusion of two rooms

Two Queen Sofa Suites

  • Two queen beds
  • Sleeper sofa in living-room area

King Sofa Suites

  • One king bed
  • Sleeper sofa in living-room area

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available.

What It's Worth

  • $199 for two nights with four passes per day to Paul Bunyan Water Park, valid on Friday and Saturday (a $438 value)
  • $199 for three nights with four passes per day to Paul Bunyan Water Park, valid Sunday–Thursday (a $387 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: 9 miles from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD); 125 miles from Duluth International Airport (DLH)
  • By cab: about $32 from BRD
  • By car: about 128 miles northwest of Minneapolis; about 119 miles east of Duluth

Traveler's Tips

  • Check the water-park calendar for days of operation.

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