We love fall on the west shore as the light and leaves turn golden, and the lake glistens. Come step into your time at the resort and enjoy whatever makes you happy. From the simple and spontaneous, to planned and adrenaline pumping.

Here are our TOP TEN Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area Fall Fun Ideas.

1) Rent a pontoon at Quarterdeck Resort and see the FALL COLORS from Gull Lake.

2) Gull Lake Oktoberfest

Take a bus tour around Gull Lake! Dine at one of the participating Nisswa restaurants for some fantastic German food and drink specials. All proceeds benefits will be distributed to Confidence Learning Center and The Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. Sign up at any of the establishments for a chance to WIN 2023 Oktoberfest tickets.

At Quarterdeck Resort, we’ll have Live Music with Jimmie Jay Anderson 3pm-6pm, Oktoberfest Beer Samples, Food Specials – German Sausage, Schnitzel Sandwich, Big Ass Pretzels, and an a good time! Prost!

3) Northland Arboretum Haunted Trail

The biggest Northland Arboretum fundraiser of the year is also the most terrifying! Walk the spooky trails for their 20th annual Haunted Trail fundraiser. There’s fun for everyone with low scare and high scare options. Brand new themes include Alice in Wonderland, Day of the Dead, Star Wars, and an INTENSE high scare section that will make your screams extreme! The trail ends with games, treats, and (cash-only) concessions.


Scaring the YELL out of the Brainerd Lakes Area for more than 20 years!

3-Story Haunted House and a 14-acre Corn Maze. Concessions available include Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider, Hotdogs, Nachos, Pop, and Cotton Candy.

5) Nisswa Area Historical Society

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Nisswa History Center and Museum, which includes the historic Pioneer Village, Depot, and Caboose.

By touring the grounds and log homes, you will glimpse a quieter, more peaceful–but hard-working life at the turn of the century. Take time to relax in the seating area alongside the Heritage Garden, which is filled with native plants that come from local farms and gardens from over 75 years ago.

6) Big Axe Brewery

Great beer and food. Nisswa sourced and crafted with pride.

7) Shopping on Main Street

“Pretty Good Shopping” IYKYK ;-)

8) Golf

Did you know the Brainerd Lakes Area is the golf mecca of Minnesota? Considering the lush landscape of woods and wetlands, it’s easy to see why the Brainerd Golf Trail was previously ranked 41st on Golf Digest’s “Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World.”

There are over 20 golf courses dotting the Gull Chain of Lakes; you’ll find as many golf holes as there are fishing holes.

9) Brainerd Zip Line

Experience a Thrilling 7-Line Zipline Tour! The thrilling Brainerd Zip Line Tour is the perfect outdoor adventure to add excitement to any Brainerd Lakes vacation. Experience 15-mile views on 7 zip lines, and our 65′ adrenaline-pumping suspension bridge.

10) Northern Pacific Center

The Northern Pacific Center is Brainerd’s historic railroad district turned one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience.

Don’t miss all the fall fun! Check out the Quarterdeck specials and last-minute deals by clicking here https://quarterdeckresort.com/offers