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Nisswa Chamber Guide

Welcome to Nisswa - 2019 Visitor Guide

We invite you to join us in Nisswa, Minnesota, the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Whether you are visiting for a day, a weekend, a week or longer, you are sure to find something to love about Nisswa.

Nisswa is known as the event hub of the Brainerd Lakes Area. With events going on throughout the year Nisswa’s doors are always open, no matter what the season. In the winter, Nisswa hosts one of the largest charitable ice fishing contests in the world. When spring arrives, so does the Run for the Lakes, which is a Boston Marathon qualifying race. Summer is the peak visitor season with plenty of fun things to do throughout the area. The fall colors are amazing and the fabulous events keep on going – the Nisswa Fall Festival and Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge being a good example. It is held the 3rd Saturday of September every year. Check out the full listing of events and activities in the Calendar of Events section on pages 10 through 21 and mark your calendar so you don’t miss a single exciting Nisswa event.

When you arrive to the Brainerd Lakes Area, you’ll definitely want to visit downtown Nisswa. You’ll see the “Pretty Good Shopping” sign when you enter downtown. The downtown shopping in Nisswa is much more than pretty good…it’s downright awesome! The downtown boasts over 50 retail and restaurant storefronts. With quaint shops, spots to grab sweet treats, breakfast, lunch, dinner or a great cup of coffee – you’ll find that downtown Nisswa has everything you’ll need. Stop by the Welcome Center and pick up a downtown walking map to help guide your way. The Welcome Center is located right next to the Paul Bunyan State Trail and houses the public restrooms.

First trip here? Let the cheerful staff at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce help you plan your stay. Even if you’ve been coming here for generations and already know how special Nisswa is, stop in and visit the Welcome Center. We always have something new to share. Nisswa is the the place to do it all; so just relax, enjoy the view and join us in our happy place.

There are several ways to get great information about Nisswa: visit the website at; call the office (218) 963-2620; email; follow
us on Facebook (Nisswa Chamber of Commerce) or just stop by and say hello. You’ll always be greeted with a happy face in our happy place.