51 Things To Do At Madden’s & The Brainerd Lakes Area

18 Jul

If you read straight from our brochure you’d find that “Madden’s is the Midwest’s undisputed leader in recreational amenities.” After staying here a while and exploring, I certainly cannot disagree! Madden’s has seemingly unending recreation opportunities–enough to keep any child, teenager, or adult busy! We were even mentioned in the July 2011 issue of Parents magazine as one of the top 4 vacation destinations in the nation for good old fashioned family fun. So where should I begin… Let me give you a count down of the 51 reasons for choosing Madden’s recreation.

Four guests enjoy an afternoon of golfing at Madden's Classic course

1. Golf (63 holes to be exact)
2. Tennis (with lessons if you like)
3. Croquet
4. Lawn bowling
5. Volleyball
6. Horseshoes
7. Shuffleboard
8. Trap shooting
9. Bicycles (with miles of bike paths)
10. Pontoons
11. Motor boats
12. Fishing boats
13. Fishing poles
14. Fishing guide service
15. Water Ski School (for skiing, wakeboarding, & tubing)
16. Adventure Cove Children’s Activity Program (blog posts: 43 Fill Adv Cove, Children’s Vaca Paradise)
17. Marina’s Natural Sand Beach

Madden's guests enjoying the natural sand beach at the Lodge including water toys at our water park.

18. Lodge’s Natural Sand Beach
19. Wilson Bay’s Natural Sand Beach
20. Spalon Montage
21. Outback Trail Ride (on horseback)
22. Sunup Ranch Tour
23. Mini Golf at Pirates Cove
24. Fitness Classes
25. Yoga
26. Zumba
27. Gull Lake Water Expeditions
28. Happy Hour Cruises
29. Golf Lessons
30. Customized Golf Tournaments for your group
31. Cook-outs
32. Madden’s Water park
33. Paint your own wine glass at our Stable Gallery
34. Welcome Receptions
35. Special Events (such as Madden’s Food & Wine Event, Murder Mystery Weekend, & Labor Day Weekend Dance)
36. Nightly O’Madden Pub entertainment including D.J., bands, & karaoke

A minnow race at a weekly welcome reception

37. Craft Classes
38. Bingo Nights
39. Movie Nights
40. Kayaks
41. Canoes
42. Paddleboats
43. Rowboats
44. Sailboats
45. Waterbikes
46. Badminton
47. Basketball
48. Fishing Guide Service
49. 5 pools (3 indoor, 2 outdoor)
50. 3 hot tubs (2 indoor, 1 outdoor)
51. Minnow Races

This week we will feature some of our favorite activities. I would love to hear back from you about your favorites! Tell us about your favorite activity at Madden’s and why and we’ll feature your quote in an upcoming post. Email me at or comment below.

Until next time, Elizabeth

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Family Time, Recreation


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