2022 Nisswa Destination Guide

Join us this year in Nisswa, MN!

Details from the 2022 Nisswa Visitor Guide.

We invite you to join us in Nisswa, Minnesota - the heart of the lakes area. We have been a destination for visitors for over a century. Generations of families have come to the area year after year; many call it their second home.

What keeps them coming back? It could be the beautiful landscape that includes towering trees and sparkling lakes wherever you look. The Paul Bunyan Trail runs right through town. Whether you are walking or biking, you will be sure to take in many photo-worthy moments.


It could be our charming downtown area that boasts door after door of fun-filled shopping. There are over 50 shops lining Main Street and the side streets! There are boutiques, gift shops, restaurants, candy shops, coffee shops - even a brewery.

Maybe it’s our fun-filled event calendar? We like to celebrate every season here in Nisswa. During the summer, we hold our world-famous Turtle Races on Wednesday afternoons. We also let freedom ring during our Freedom Days Celebration on July 3rd.

In September, we hold our annual Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Contest. The whole town is blanketed with the smell of delicious BBQ, and there is always live music and fun for everyone!

Things do not slow down in the winter around here! We kick off the holiday season with our Nisswa City of Lights Festival, which happens the day after Thanksgiving. The whole town looks like the set of a holiday movie, with reindeer, sleigh rides, Santa, carolers, bonfires and, of course - thousands of Christmas lights! We top the evening off with a spectacular fireworks show. In February, we are adding an exciting new event - the Nisswa 100 cross country snowmobile race.

In the spring, we welcome the fishermen to town as the ice melts off the lakes and they try their luck at catching the “big one.” We are also host to the Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes - a race with several different events, and a Boston Marathon qualifier!

There are many, many more events, but those are the highlights to show you that we do not slow down on the fun in Nisswa!

We have you covered with several accommodations in the Nisswa area: hotels, cabins, camping - we have them all! If you just can’t bear to leave, give one of our great Realtors a call to help you find the property of your dreams.

Whatever brings you to Nisswa, be sure to stop in and see us at our Welcome Center on Main Street across from the post office.


I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with numerous job titles since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently as Digital Editor. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work these 30+ years. I was present and worked on the our web page when our original website first went live on April 26, 1994.
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