Discover a selection of 268 vacation rentals in Brainerd, MN that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $117 per night, and cabins and houses are popular options for a stay in Brainerd. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore the lakeside setting in Brainerd

The lake, riverfront and waterfalls are a perfect backdrop to your vacation home in Brainerd. This city's fishing, golfing and water park draw many visitors. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around Brainerd

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes Brainerd a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Brainerd International Raceway (5.9 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Cragun's Legacy Courses (7.4 mi / 11.9 km)
  • Paul Bunyan Land (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Legacy at Cragun's (8.4 mi / 13.6 km)
  • The Classic at Madden's Golf Course (8.7 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Mount Ski Gull (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Brainerd

Travelers enjoy Brainerd for its lakeside setting and waterfalls. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Brainerd is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Gull Lake (9.4 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (13.3 mi / 21.4 km)
  • Crosby Memorial Park (14.4 mi / 23.2 km)
  • Mille Lacs Lake (26.7 mi / 43 km)
  • Mille Lacs Kathio State Park (27.4 mi / 44.1 km)
  • Bay Lake (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Brainerd

Fly into Brainerd, MN (BRD-Brainerd Lakes Regional), the closest airport, located 3.7 mi (6 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Brainerd?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now that's to get away. It's time to pack your bags and take off to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Brainerd:

  • Take advantage of conveniences like internet services and golf at "Cabin - Rated One Of The Top Vrbo's By Mn Monthly Magazine Interior Designer Owned". Situated around 17 miles from Brainerd, this vacation rental has 5 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • Alternatively, make a booking at "Classic Minnesota Cabin On Beautiful Lake O'brien". Around 25 miles from the heart of Brainerd, it has 2 bedrooms and features cable/satellite TV services and a hair dryer.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Brainerd vacation rental for you.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Brainerd?

Whether you're searching for a log cabin for a romantic getaway or a vacation with the family, we'll help you find the perfect property. Lock in one of these vacation rentals in or near Brainerd and enjoy being close to nature for a while:

  • "Family Friendly Hand Scribed Log Cabin With Gourmet Kitchen" works hard to make sure your Brainerd getaway is everything you hoped it would be. With amenities including a kitchen and a firepit to make life easy, all you've got to do is put your feet up and enjoy your stay.
  • You won't have to give up any modern comforts at "Beautiful Full Log Cabin On The Whitefish Chain". This escape features an oven, a garden and more.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Brainerd?

We all deserve some time out every now and then. If you're yearning for a couple of leisurely mornings lingering in your PJs with a cappuccino and a good book, there's no shortage of amazing weekend getaways in and near Brainerd. Check out two of our favorites:

  • "Peaceful Lakefront Cabin In Deerwood" is perfect for one or two days of relaxation and fun. It features a host of amenities, such as air conditioning and a nearby laundromat, and is located roughly 17 miles to the northeast of Brainerd.
  • Alternatively, create new memories with your favorite people at "Quintessential Lake Cabin On Pristine Lake O'brien - Includes Pontoon Boat", which is around 25 miles to the north of Brainerd. Take advantage of air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities and more here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Brainerd?

Absolutely. If you're tracking down a small but stylish stay, you can't go wrong with a studio apartment. These compact properties ooze charm and are often conveniently located in the heart of town. Take a look at the following options in or near Brainerd:

  • One of our favorite properties is "Cabin - Private Kottage, Sand Bottom Clear Lake". Lock in a few nights or more at this popular abode and you'll have access to WiFi and high-speed internet services.
  • "Cabin - Relaxing Retreat On Round Lake" is another superb stay, providing all you need for a dream Brainerd retreat. Convenient amenities here include towels and heating.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Brainerd?

From simple studio apartments to spacious homes, Vrbo has your vacation sorted. Here are two of our top picks in and around Brainerd:

  • Close to the center of Brainerd, "Quaint Cabin On Sibley Lake Pontoon Included Mid" lays out the welcome mat for short-term guests. When you're not kicking back in your comfortable digs, get out and explore the area's best sights.
  • "The River Lodge - Peaceful Getaway" is also well located. Settle in here and discover why lots of guests rate this property as one of their favorites.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Brainerd?

Nothing says "I love you" like planning a romantic weekend together. If you're eager to spend a couple of nights away with your partner, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Brainerd that will set your heart aflutter:

  • Put on some relaxing music and kick back together at "Cabin - Rated One Of The Top Vrbo's By Mn Monthly Magazine Interior Designer Owned". Around 17 miles from Brainerd, this property has all you need for a romantic weekend getaway, including a fireplace and beauty services.
  • "Classic Minnesota Cabin On Beautiful Lake O'brien" is another wonderful option that'll impress. It's around 25 miles from Brainerd and has a fireplace and beauty services.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Brainerd?

Sneak a look at these large group vacation rentals in or near Brainerd and don't worry about leaving anyone off your invite list:

  • A great range of amenities including a water park and a kitchen make "Cabin - Rated One Of The Top Vrbo's By Mn Monthly Magazine Interior Designer Owned" a favorite. This sizable getaway has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 14 guests. From the center of Brainerd, it's around 17 miles away to the north.
  • "The River Lodge - Peaceful Getaway" is another awesome option. It's around 20 miles to the northeast of Brainerd, has 7 bedrooms and welcomes up to 24 guests. A nearby waterfront and a firepit are just a couple of things that'll help make your group getaway more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Brainerd?

Of all the amenities a vacation rental can offer, a pool is easily the most fun. Have a look at these houses for rent with a pool in or near Brainerd and spend your days splashing about. Just remember to take your inflatable pizza slice:

  • Get your vacation on at "Lower Whitefish Guest House In Crosslake", where your highest priority will be spending time in the pool. Amenities including on-site watersports and a pool table help make this retreat a favorite with guests.
  • Spend lazy days splashing about or catching a few peaceful moments by the water at "Large Lake House With Sugar Sand Beach". This vacation home is another top pick and offers a TV, a barbecue grill and more.

Brainerd has a humid continental climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 55 ºF and 80 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summer to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Brainerd vacation rental and organize your getaway for any time of year.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Brainerd?

Grammy and Pop, Aunty Kim ... You can add them to your invitation list when you book a large family vacation rental in or near Brainerd. Get everyone you love together at one of these spacious options:

  • Make your get-together one you won't forget at "Cabin - Rated One Of The Top Vrbo's By Mn Monthly Magazine Interior Designer Owned". This pad has 5 bedrooms, can fit up to 14 guests and features many handy amenities, including childrens activities and a TV. It's around 17 miles north of Brainerd.
  • "Peaceful Lakefront Cabin In Deerwood" is another rental the whole team will love. Invite as many as 11 family and friends to this escape which offers 4 bedrooms, childrens activities, a toaster and more. It's around 17 miles to the northeast of central Brainerd.

We know it's tempting, but don't spend all your time relaxing indoors. Head out and see some nearby family-friendly attractions, starting with Paul Bunyan Land.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Brainerd?

Family time is the best time, which is why we'll help you find a place where you can truly connect. Stay in one of these family cabin rentals in or near Brainerd and create wonderful memories with the ones you love:

  • "Cabin - Rated One Of The Top Vrbo's By Mn Monthly Magazine Interior Designer Owned" - Approximately 17 miles north of central Brainerd, this family-friendly retreat offers amenities like a toaster and a garden.
  • "Classic Minnesota Cabin On Beautiful Lake O'brien" - Gather up the troops and spend a few nights at this appealing rental, which is around 25 miles to the north of Brainerd. You'll have access to towels, a dishwasher and more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Brainerd vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.