Area Attractions

With the wide variety of activities offered at Ruttger’s we’re sure you won’t want to leave!  But just in case you want to do a little exploring, the Lakes Area does offer many things to do for the whole family. With a range of offerings such as amusement parks, scuba diving, and biking trails, everyone will be able to find something they enjoy.

Outdoor Recreation

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails are only eight miles from Ruttger’s. The 22-mile trail winds through a rugged area created by 70 years of former iron ore mining. It consists of deep water-filled old mining pits and tall piles of excavated rock and mining debris. Nature has beautifully reclaimed the area, truly making this area a one of a kind mountain biking trail. Mountain bike rentals are available in nearby Crosby. See the website  here.

The Cuyuna Lakes State Recreational Area near Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota, incorporates both paved and off-road walking and riding paths to take visitors through the regenerated iron ore mining land. The many lakes were formed from the open pit mining done on the Cuyuna Range. The newly opened mountain biking trails are easily reached by vehicle or bike and are located only 8 miles from Ruttger’s.   Website

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Only 23 miles from Ruttger’s, offers visitors a beautiful trail system packed with historic monuments and abundant wild life. 320-532-3523 Website

Cuyuna Mine Lakes are considered one the very finest in diving adventures in the Midwest, and offer upwards of forty feet visibility.Call the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber for more information: 218-546-8131  Website


Paul Bunyan Land and This Old Farm offer 35 rides and attractions including the world’s largest talking and animated man. Located on Highway 18, only 12 miles from Ruttger’s, this is one of the Brainerd MN attractions you don’t want to miss!
218-764-2524  Website

Traditions Mini Golf offers 18 holes of premium mini golf, batting cage, water wars, and more. Located 4 miles north of Ruttger’s in Deerwood.  218-534-9250  Website

Entertainment and Shopping

Cycle, Path and Paddle is located in nearby Crosby, home of the Cuyuna State Recreation Area and the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail. They offer specialized cycles, canoes or kayaks for rent and purchase for individuals, couples, or for the entire family to share. Delivery/pickup and shuttle service of all boating equipment and gear to your location is available for a minimal fee.  Call  218-545-4545 for more information.  Website

Black Bear Pottery features the decorative, functional, and sculptural pottery by Haddie Hadachek. Located in Brainerd.
218-764-3296 Website

Pine Cone Antiques and Art is nestled in downtown Deerwood and displays works in a gallery setting.
218-534-3700  Website

Ripple River Gallery is just down the road from Ruttger’s, Ripple River Gallery is owned by artisans Bob Carls and Amy Sharpe. The gallery displays the work of “regional artisans with an ever-changing selection of wood, pottery, weaving, jewelry, glass, mixed media, original prints, paintings and more”.  218-678-2575  Website

Grand Makwa Theater in Onamia features three screens playing new movies and stadium seating.
888.GO.MAKWA  Website

Lakes 12 in Brainerd features all stadium seating, full digital projection, digital 3D, new seating and a brand new concession area with self-serve soft drinks. Lakes 12 also offers a party room and & arcade.  218-828-6228  Website